As we have seen the last couple of days, Peter is writing to a group of people going through a hard time. They are “elect exiles” in the land… social outcasts for their faith in Jesus. They don’t feel like they belong. Peter reminds them of the joy of their salvation, trials, and their calling – to be holy. He comforts them.
In chapter 2 Peter starts by making a logical conclusion from chapter 1. He is saying your salvation is great, trials are for your good, and you have a high calling, “so put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.” (v.1) He didn’t just tell them (and us) to try to stop it. He says put it away to never let it be seen again. What are we to put away? Peter gives us four things: deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. These are “big sins” in our minds. We don’t think that these are present in us many times but they are. They are present when we fudge the truth, when our lives don’t match our words, when we scroll through social media and are jealous of others, when we talk about people behind their back. These heart attitudes are ever present in our lives but because of Jesus we are to put them away!
Peter continues and says that as believers we need to grow up in our salvation just like babies need to grow up in the world. This takes nutrition. This takes discipleship. This take us prioritizing Jesus in our life. Many of us are spiritually starved and don’t even know it. Babies drink milk all times of the day. This is how we are to be in our salvation. A lifestyle defined by growth in Jesus through His Word and prayer.
So today, have hope. You have a great salvation. Trials are for your good. You have a high calling. Jesus, through Peter, is calling us to live this out in our life through what we do and how we grow. What a privilege.
1) Look back at the list in verse 1 that Peter gives. How do these heart attitudes, even in small ways, creep into your life?
2) Are you spiritually starving or are you spiritually thriving? How can you fill yourself up this week and “grow up in your salvation?”
3) Take a moment and ponder how you have “tasted and seen” the goodness of God and stop and pray and thank Him and praise Him for it.
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College