Understanding Our Heritage
Book of 1 Peter Chapter 2:1-10
In our previous lesson we learned that we must be “Born Again” to be in the family of God. God writes the name of all His children in what God calls the Lamb’s Book of Life and we must be “Born Again” to have our names written in this book!
As soon as our name is written down, we find that Satan has become our enemy and it will not always be easy to be a child of God!
We will be perfect in the eyes of God because when He sees us, He sees His Son.
We will be an enemy to the world and there some lessons we need to learn very quickly!
That word “wherefore” means, for this reason.
“Wherefore” because we have been “Born Again” there are some things we must do.
*****1Pe 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
We must lay aside some things!
**Malice: Malice means that you are determined to get revenge upon your enemies or at least cause them problems, but since you are a child of God, you must let your Father in Heaven take care of all your problems including this one!
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
**All guile: Guile is being cunning and deceitful. These are some of the traits of Satan and Satan is our enemy. We certainly are not to be anything like him. To be involved in the traits guile will cause you to lose the blessings of God!
Psa_32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
**Hypocrisies: Spiritual hypocrisy is acting in any way that goes against the Word of God but claiming to be on God’s side.
Luk 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Leaven as used in this Scripture, is the thing that caused the Pharisees to be hypocrites. Leaven represents sin in most all of the Bible.
**All evil speaking: the word evil means wicked immorality, going against the pure Word of God.
These are some of the first things that we are to repent of, and we can learn all these things from the Word of God.
If we cannot lay aside these things, we will never be counted good enough to enter into Heaven’s gates!
I can just imagine that pearly gate will be so mirror like that we can see our new selves before we come face to face with the Lord of Glory.
We must have a desire to learn about our God and He has given us the Word of God to do so!
Again God cautions us that as “babes in Christ” we need some help to understand the Word of God, but the more we stay in the Word of God, we will grow and no longer be a “Babe”!
The Word of God is that Spiritual milk we need every day for the rest of our lives to become a mature child of God!
It is by the “Grace” of God that we are saved and the “Grace of God” that we will grow until we come useful to the Lord!
*****1Pe 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
To be “Born Again” into the family of God, begins to show us just how the “Grace” of God works in our lives!
We must also understand that God intends for us to grow in His knowledge.
We cannot have the wisdom of the Lord until we have the knowledge of the Lord!
You see God wants us to know all about Him! God does not hide anything about His character!
God did not have to reveal Himself to us at all!
We have to have food and water to make our physical bodies grow and most all babies need milk and food from baby foods.
The milk of the Gospel are the basics thoughts.
God took off His heavenly garments and came to this earth to pay our sin debt we could not pay.
We are sinners at birth, and we need a Savior and that Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.
It is the work that Jesus did that we could not do, that has reconciled us to God.
After we have tasted the “grace” of God it becomes time to grow in the Word of God!
1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Psa 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Psa 24:9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Psa 24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
God laid aside His majesty to come to this earth to provide a means for our salvation!
*****1Pe 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
1Pe 2:5 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.
God came to us in a body of flesh (a living stone)(The Lord Jesus Christ). The Lord Jesus was rejected by His own people.
Remember Jesus was born in Bethlehem to Mary a descendant of Nathan a son of King David.
The Father of Jesus was the Holy Ghost! Jesus had no earthly father until He was adopted (accepted) by Joseph who was a descendant of Solomon the son of King David.
Then prophecy was fulfilled.
Jesus was born a Jew, so His people would be the Jews the tribe of Judah.
Make no mistake, Jesus the Messiah, in the flesh was a Jew and was rejected by these foolish people at the time and that generation perished in 70 A.D. at the hands of the Roman General Titus, who hated the Jewish people.
Rome was that Empire of iron and clay that was broken into what is the Europe of today
Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces
Not so long a time after this God brought to Rome to its knees because clay feet are so easily broken!
At salvation, we become the living stones who make up the Church, a spiritual house when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, who can then offer up Spiritual sacrifices accepted by Jesus Christ our Savior, our King, our Master, our God!
Heb_12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Eph 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
What are our Spiritual Sacrifices?
We must offer up our souls, our bodies, all out thoughts, all our words and all our actions.
It may take some time, but these are the things that God requires of us!
It is at this time we become a part of the Scriptures!
*****1Pe 2:6 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.
Confounded means a lot of things but “dismayed” is the meaning of this passage adding maybe “perplexed”!
Jesus, the Messiah is and was that chief corner stone.
He is elect because He is God the Father’s chosen Messiah!
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Isa 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Isa 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
Isa 42:6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
Isa 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Isa 49:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
Isa 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
Sion (Zion) of course is Jerusalem. The City of peace!
*****1Pe 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
1Pe 2:8 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.
You see, I not only believe my Lord is precious, I know He is precious, or He would never have accepted me into His family.
He did not get much when He first got me!
Much like the Israelite, I spent my 40 years in the wilderness of the world and the Lord endured me until He brought me into His family!
A loving and powerful God opens His arms to all who will believe and accept Him, yet so few do.
The only sin that cannot be forgiven is the sin of unbelief which shows disobedience, and in the end will bring the wrath of God.
God promises those who love Him will never see His wrath!!!!!
Jesus Christ is the appointed foundation stone of all creation, yet He is the foundation stone of our lives and the foundation stone of the Church.
What’s wrong with this world?
They want nothing to do with this Stone (Christ Jesus)
They do not think that this “Stone” will fit into their plans.
They do not think this “Stone” will suit what they are building.
They do not think this “Stone” is worth the price they would have to pay.
The “Stone” of eternal life is rejected because, even though His price is free, He still costs too much for the unbeliever to change!
In rejecting this world, which can only offer the promises of failure, we can learn the important things which are life and life eternal.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
In reality, Jesus Christ is the living breathing wisdom of God!
The Bible says: “but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it”
There is no life without Jesus Christ!
You see, if you cannot make peace with the Living Stone of Jesus, then that Living Stone you will stumble over. This Stone will then become the Stone of Offence and He will roll over you!
All those people who disregard the Triune God, reject that Jesus is God in the flesh will find their beliefs are false and they are foolish!
The biggest problem the world has today is the world thinks it is wise and the people of God are from an Era that has long since pasted.
This is opposite from the truth!!!!!
Again the Lord has already said what He was going to do with all unbelievers, and this is the truth of those who reject my Savior!
Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Jer 6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
But what of the believer?
*****1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10 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.
What does a chosen generation do?
Those who build their lives upon the “Rock of the Lord” Jesus Christ!
If we cannot give our lives to the Lord, for His use, we have not given God the thing He wants the most !!!!!!!
When we agree with Jesus Christ, we all become a new people, who are special to the Lord! It is just that simple !!!!!
God loves the people who love His Son!
To be a Christian, means we are a very special people in the eyes of God!
That word “chosen” means that the Church is now God’s new people.
The “Born Again” chosen children of God somewhat like the chosen people of Israel in that generation of Abraham whom God will return to deal with after the “Rapture” of the Church.
The Church is to be a “royal priesthood”!
When we invite Jesus to come in our hearts we become “royal priests” to King Jesus!
There are men who are called to be Pastors and Priests and other titles, but every child of God is to be a “royal priest” to King Jesus!
We have instant access into the throne room of God!
We also have access to God no matter where He is at, because He is everywhere at the same time.
There is never a time we cannot reach out to God in thought but more in prayer!
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
If we could gather ourselves together with all the Saints of God, we would become a Holy Nation!
You see, God is building Himself a Holy Nation
To be Holy is to be different from this world!!!!!!
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
If you wonder why the world hates the Christian, it is because not only are we the “Chosen People of God”, Royal Priests, but we are a little bit peculiar in fact, most of us are a whole lot peculiar which means, we are God’s own possession, in fact His special possessions!
You know the world hates that we say this but that does not make it any less true!
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
In the beginning God said, “let there be light” and we are that special, particular, peculiar, and purchased creation that are to shine like the stars! Created twice to die once, who are called out of darkness into that “Light” which is the Lord Jesus Christ!
1) The Light of His truth:
Psa 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
2) The Light of His favor:
Psa 4:6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
3) The Light of His holiness:
Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
You see when we were lost in this evil and wicked world, we were nobodies who yielded to the Devil every time he called, but now after the Light of Jesus has shined upon us, we are the people of God!
Maybe the most important feeling we can have is that we know these things are true!
1Jn_5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
You see, we are become the people of God through and by the Lord Jesus Christ!
We now have the Light of life. Not just any life but “Eternal Life”!
OH, for the love and the grace of God that He would give to all who will call upon Him in “repentance” and “faith”.
The world would say there is no god, but the world has made themselves to be little gods just as Satan has taught them!
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
God has given us “free will” to choose.
We can choose the good of Jesus, or we can choose the evil of the Devil.
Hint! I read the back of the Book and the Devil loses!
Why not get on the “Winning Side”?
Let us all pray