Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and
envies, and all evil speakings,
.2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
|1 - Laying aside We come to Christ with our burden of sin, but also with willingness to lay it aside as He gives us the strength.|
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen
of God, and precious,
.5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
.6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
.7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious [or "an honor"]: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
8 and "A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense." They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. (NKJV)
- Coming to the living stone We are empowered by Christ.
5 - Priesthood ... sacrifices acceptable See mal0303.
6 - Scripture From the Septuagint (Greek) translation of is2816. Some believe that Peter was the rock or cornerstone. He, himself, says it was Christ while we are the living stones that are built on Him v5.
8 - Stumble ... appointed To whom was the word appointed? To the Jews ro0302.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
[or "purchased"] people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
- Ye are Continuing to address believers who are Jews v6.
9 - Royal priesthood To witness for Christ whose Spirit draws people. He gives us a part in His work, but it is different from His. See comments in the discussion of Christ's sanctuary ministry re0308dco.
9 - Called into light This is worth the time to just meditate on, probing God's goodness and praising Him. Today praise is often based on only the crumbs of the "marvelous light" of the word. Praise in this verse means witnessing, too.
10 - Now the people of God The Jews had been "a people." Now the Gentiles and individual Jews who accepted Christ were a people re0704b.
| 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech
you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against
12 Having your conversation [or "behavior"] honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas [or "wherein"] they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
- Strangers In what sense? and how does this relate to lusts?
Lust means more than adultery here.
11 - Against the soul "Fleshly" highlights the body. This is a call for abstaining from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and unhealthful eating as well as from adultery and vain entertainment.
12 - Speak against Many who love God are considered heretics and hated. One day they will be exonerated. What a promise! re0513. Then it will be to late for the accusers. "Gentiles" here is used in a spiritual sense rather than an ethnic one. "Heathen" is translated from the same Greek word.
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether
it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
.16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
.19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
.20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
|13 - Submit The same author, along with others, told his accusers, "We ought to obey God rather than men." (Acts. 5:29). In matters that do not violate conscience, we have a duty to cooperate with established government.|
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin,
neither was guile found in his mouth:
.23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
.24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
.25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop [or "overseer"] of your souls.
- Christ's example A good verse to underline.
23 - Reviled not again Jesus didn't respond the way some of us tend to. We don't have to get back at people. It helps to remember that God is in charge. If we follow Him, we look to eternity.
24 - That we ... This verse is precious without any of my comments. From le1017.