1 Peter 2:4-12 – October 4
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Peter 2:4-12
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Internal Battles…External Wins | Dyea Rowland
1 Peter 2:11-12
Peter is reminding the Christians — the readers — that this place is not their home. He wants them to stop doing the evil things and be led by the Spirit. It will help them fight against their fleshly desires and strengthen them not only in the Holy Spirit but also in the way that God would have them go.
You know my fleshly spirit has been very rebellious lately. I know my time on earth here is already short. With many confirmations and feelings, I know that time is growing much shorter. There has been a rise of my internal battles — I know what I am to do. Yet, it seems I’ve allowed a few external wins — giving myself over to those outside desires. I need Your interceding even more in this time.
Father, one day You will come, and I don’t want You to find me in a rebellious state. I want to behave in only ways that You would have me. Take this rebellious spirit from me; bind it and cast it far away — never to return. Let my soul be full of the Holy Spirit, waging no war against myself. I want only wins — in, through, with and for You. Jesus, in Your name…Amen.
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