1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2:3

if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

The kindness of the Lord. The kindness or goodness of God was demonstrated on the cross (Tit. 3:4) and it is a revelation of his kindness that leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:4). God plans to continue revealing his kindness to us today, tomorrow and forever more (1 Cor. 2:9, Eph. 2:7).

1 Peter 2:9

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

(a) A chosen race. You have been chosen by God (Col. 3:12).

(b) God’s own possession. You have been bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20, 7:23). You belong to God (2 Cor. 10:7). This means your welfare and your future are God’s concern. It is he who will sustain you and keep you to the end (1 Cor. 1:8-9).

1 Peter 2:10

for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.

Received mercy. A defining characteristic of a believer is they have received grace and mercy.

Mercy is one facet of God’s grace (Heb. 4:16). Mercy is God’s compassion for those in need. Just as we are saved by grace (Eph. 2:5), we are saved by mercy (Tit. 3:5). And just as we are forgiven by grace (Eph. 1:7), we are forgiven by mercy (Heb. 8:12). Just as we receive grace (Rom. 5:17), we receive mercy (2 Cor. 4:1).

See entry for Mercy.

1 Peter 2:11

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

Beloved. The original word (agapetos) means dearly loved, esteemed, favorite and worthy of love. It is closely related to a verb (agapao) that means to be well pleased or fond of or contented. This word captures God’s heart for you. Your heavenly Father is fond of you. You are his esteemed favorite and he is well pleased with you. He looks at you with a feeling of deep contentment knowing that you are his dearly loved child.

All the epistle writers referred to believers as the beloved or dearly-loved children of God (see entry for Rom. 1:7).

1 Peter 2:24

and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

(a) Die to sin or reckon yourself dead to sin (Rom. 6:11).

(b) Live to righteousness. Jesus broke open the prison of sin and secured your freedom. So be free. Have nothing to do with dead works and sin. Stop acting like the prisoner you once were and enjoy the righteous life that Christ has given you.

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