April 23, 2013

Today you should read: 1 Peter 2:1-3

Well, that was quick. Three verses. That’s all we asked for you to read today as you follow along in God’s Word with our church. That’s it. Since you only had to read three verses today let’s make sure you get the most out of today’s commentary on those three important and powerful verses.

 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 1 Peter 2:1

After reminding the church of the Gospel; how it’s our hope, our reason to persevere, and what makes us holy and imperishable because it’s God’s Word, Peter now exhorts us to repentance in order to receive all of the benefits that he mentions in chapter one. In the original language with its unique definition from the Greek, Peter tells us to put away…

Kakiða: Malice; a desire to injure, a wickedness that is not ashamed to break laws, evil, depravity, trouble.

Do/lov (dolos): Deceit; craft, guile.

u(po/krisiv (hupokrisis): Hypocrisy; to reply or answer as if on the stage, play acting, play a part, to feign, pretend.

fqo/nov (Phthonos): Envy; jealousy, a grudge, spite, a strong feeling (desire) that sours, due to the influence of sin.

Katalalia: Slander; defamation, evil speaking, backbiting.

As we all know, there are many other sins that Jesus died for and that Christians need to repent of listed in the Bible. However I do find it interesting that Peter happens to mention the five that the church tends to allow to creep in and will turn a blind eye to at times. Are you currently struggling with any of these sins that God so bluntly tells us to “put away”? Notice how the word “ALL” is mentioned a couple of times describing these sins.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation 1 Peter 2:2

Peter then calls us babies, but not in a negative way. I know what you’re saying… How can you call an adult “a baby” in a way that is positive? Well, quit jumping to conclusions over there and I’ll tell you. He says, “LIKE a baby longs (desires) milk, Christians must long for (desire) pure spiritual milk which stands for God’s Word (as he mentions at the end of chapter 1). Just like a baby can’t grow without milk, we Christians cannot grow without a regular time of hearing from God in Scripture.

I also love the word “PURE” mentioned before “spiritual milk.” Not to open a can of worms and get all healthy, organic and weird on you (because if you know anything about me I’m only 2 of the 3) but there’s a reason why hospitals require new moms to sign off on a class about why breastfeeding is a healthier option than formula for a newborn. I’m not one of those hipster extremists who believe that parents who do otherwise should be reported to social workers (who happen to guilt many moms who have a legit hard time breastfeeding, etc.) but one can’t argue that “PURE” milk is the healthier, better option. That word “PURE” in the Greek (adolos) means unmixed, unadulterated and guileless. This is why a Christian truly matures in their faith and grows when THEY get into God’s word instead of trying to get fed by hearing it once a week in church or just listening to a whole bunch of podcasts of their favorite preacher and their opinions on it. Are you spending time in God’s Word outside of church and others opinions of it?

 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:3

 Of course, putting away and repenting of sin while growing in God’s Word really won’t matter if you don’t have a relationship with the God that is speaking to you, and that’s the purpose of verse three. Unless you have tasted that the Lord who is telling you to do these tough things is truly good and for you (Psalm 34:8), it doesn’t matter how much you’re trying to not sin or read the Bible for yourself. In fact, you’re just a moral, disciplined heathen when doing this without an actual relationship with Jesus. Christians will only continue to hate sin and long for God’s Word if they have tasted that the Lord is good in salvation and the Holy Spirit who opens up their eyes to these things. Are you trying to live a holy life under God’s Word without having experienced a moment and time where you came to know the Lord Jesus Christ and tasted His goodness? Do you believe that there’s nothing you can truly do to rid yourself of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander no matter how much time you spend in God’s Word or at church? Instead a perfect, holy savior died on the cross for those very sins and then rose from the grave defeating those sins and all you need to do is repent and have faith in that Savior to taste that goodness that Peter describes. Because it’s unlike any others taste that this world has to offer.

Posted by: Erik Koliser

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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