1 Peter 2:9

“But  you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

Wow!. What a passage of scripture. I must remind us that when we read these words Peter is talking to the Church not the nation of Israel (see chapter 1). This is telling because these words were once used to describe the nation of Israel and now God has inspired Peter, a Jew by the way, to use these words to describe the Church, which by the way is made up of the totality of God’s chosen people including both Jew and Gentile.

It seems as though Peter is pointing out to us that it is the Church that has come to be the representative people of God on earth. The Church is His house that is being built up. The Church is His chosen race of people. The Church is His royal priesthood. The Church is His holy nation. The Church is His possession. The Church is His messenger to proclaim the excellencies of Christ who calls men out of darkness into His marvelous light. It is the Church who are the collected people of God. It is the Church, those who have put on Christ that are truly “Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” (Galatians 3.29) Let us remember it is the Church, the totality of the people of God, who have come into the promise through repentance and faith in Christ Jesus.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

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1 Peter 2:2

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation” (1 Peter 2.2)

After reminding us of the glorious hope we have in Christ in the previous section and a call to holiness, Peter urges believers to be about intentionally putting off those things contrary to a believer. He further commands us to “long” for the spiritual nourishment of the word so that we may grow as followers of Christ. There is this intentional since of walking with Christ.

Yes, salvation is all of grace through faith and that all of God, but for the believer their is to be an intentional attitude of our walking with Christ daily. We must put off those things that are contrary to the character of Christ. We must desire and take up those things that are necessary to shape us into the image of Christ. We are not saved to sit back and settle for the status quo. We have been called to be engaged in the process of daily walking with Christ. We are to daily spend time in His word. We are to daily spend time in prayer. We are to daily examine our lives and put off those things that are contrary to His righteousness. We are to daily take up the nourishment of the truth that will transform our minds and impact our actions for the kingdom purposes. How is your walk today?

Grace to all,

Ronnie

1 Peter 1:25

“But the word of the Lord remains forever. And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25)

In this section we see the power of the abiding word of God. It is a Peter says obedience to this word that brings purification to the heart of man. The truth of the word of God as the author of Hebrews reminds us is a sharp two-edged sword that cuts us asunder and roots out the sinful nature and implants truth. This word is transforming and freeing.

It is through this good word that men and women and boys and girls are born again. It is this living and abiding world of God that brings the spark of life to the dead in sin. It is this living and abiding world that causes  the eye blinded by sin to be opened to the light of truth. This is why the apostle Paul can write in Romans 10 that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”

The so called truth of this world is ever in flux, but the truth of the world of God never changes, never fades, and “remains forever.” Let us constantly be in the word of truth and allow that word to transform us by renewing our minds day by day as we take on more and more of the character of Christ revealed therein.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

1 Peter 1:15

“But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15)

Here is an aspect of the gospel that we so often neglect in our modern American concept of Christianity. Those who come to Christ must know that the One who called us, namely God, is holy and He expects that those who are His should live lives that reflect the righteousness that has been imputed to them. There is a change in federal headship when we come to faith in Christ. No longer are we under the federal headship of Adam and governed by the former nature.

Peter reminds us in this section that we “were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers.” (vs. 18) We have been made new by the redeeming blood of the lamb and that new nature should define our lives from that day forward. One who comes to faith in Christ will begin to reflect the character of Christ and life a life that is in character with the righteousness that has been given them in Christ. If this is not the case in your life then you must examine yourself to be sure you are in the faith.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

1 Peter 1:13

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1.13)

The therefore at the beginning of this passage helps us understand that what the Apostle is about to write is related to what he just wrote in the previous section. I the previous section he reminds us of the great salvation we have in Christ which is preserved for us in heaven and will be revealed at the coming of Christ.

Therefore, he says, in light of this great salvation we should respond in a particular way. In verse 13 there is one imperative verb and two participles. The verb is translated “set your hope.” In light of this great salvation believers are to “set” our hope perfectly upon the grace that we have stored up for us. Our hope is not in this world or the things of this world. I hope is to be fully on the consummation of our salvation at the eschatological “revelation of Jesus Christ.”

In setting our hope on this great salvific grace we are to prepare our minds for action. Literally we are to gird up our minds. That is to say we are to get our way of thinking tidied up and in the right order which is to be focused on the purposes of the kingdom. This concept is complemented by the second participle which is translated “being sober minded.” The idea is to be focus, do not be distracted or hindered in your thinking. Do not let the things of this life cause you to loose sight of the purpose and kingdom to which you have been called.

So let each of us today prepare our minds and set our hope fully on the hope we have in Christ.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

1 Peter 1:10

“Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully…” (1 Peter 1:10)

The encouraging thing to me in this section is reveled here in our text today, namely that God’s redemptive plan was not a reactionary plan. God’s redemptive plan was not something He developed on the fly to accommodate unforeseen events in human development.

No, God’s redemptive plan has been in place as we learn from scripture before the foundation of the world (See Revelation 13.8 & 17.8). God before time began determined that Christ would come and atone for the sins of humanity. Moreover, God’s redemptive plan has not been hidden. God gave a glimpse of this plan even to Adam and Eve in the garden (see Gen. 3). As we learn in our text today, He revealed this plan to His prophets who diligently search out the matter. The point is that God has made Himself and His plan known to humanity throughout the ages and even now in these last days. That is why Paul can easily state the men are without excuse when they stand before God quilt after suppressing the truth that has been manifested concerning God.

The most amazing thing to me is that God, with full knowledge of how we humans would turn out, still determined to create us and redeem for Himself a people from the lot of us.

Grace to all,

Ronnie

1 Peter 1:6

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.” (1 Peter 1.6)

What is it in which the believers were rejoicing? It was the glorious hope of the resurrection and inheritance that were theirs in Christ which was being guarded by the power of God in heaven (see vs. 3-5). These facts are what keep believers assured even in those times that trials come, even necessary trials.

Why would such trials be necessary? So that our faith is purified and that purified faith may result in “glory and honor” at the return of Christ. So, it is that there are times of necessary trial which God uses to strengthen and sharpen us in ways that help us become more like Him and understand the world in ways that reflect His understanding. These necessary trials drive us ever closer to Christ and cause our reliance upon Him to be deepened. So, it is out of these necessary trials that our love for Him is magnified.

Peter commends the believers here in the diaspora reminding them of the magnitude of their love for Christ. Peter as one who walked with Jesus, sat at His feet, ate at the same table, saw the miracles first hand, who was challenged in his faithfulness to the Lord and trice asked by the Lord “do you love me,” that Peter writes to these believers and says to them “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” What a commendation of their love for Christ. So, it is with those of us today who love Him even though we have not seen Him face to face in the flesh.

Do not get discouraged in the midst of necessary trials. Remember that these are strengthening your faith and driving you deeper in love with Christ as you rely upon Him more and more each day.

Grace to all,

Ronnie