Live Honorably Even When Your Beliefs are Called Evil

1 Peter 2:12 (MEV): Live your lives honorably among the Gentiles, so that though they speak against you as evildoers, they shall see your good works and thereby glorify God in the day of visitation. Though this was written to Jewish believers, it stands with very poignant encouragement for today. The news is rife with …

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Jesus is our Example in Submitting to Suffering

1 Peter 2:18–19 (MEV): Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God a person endures grief, suffering unjustly. It is an ugly and brutal world. Back in our previous excisions (verse 13,) …

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Live as Servants of God

1 Peter 2:11 (MEV): Dearly beloved, I implore you as aliens and refugees, abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul. Now comes the practical application again. This echoes Peter's introduction to this epistle where he calls his audience pilgrims or refugees. We are taking temporary shelter in this world, its economies, and …

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The Living Temple of God

1 Peter 2:5 (MEV): you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. From our previous excursion we note some important things: What God is doing is new, and it is alive. It is …

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Jesus as Stones

1 Peter 2:4–5 (MEV): Coming to Him as to a living stone who is rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Peter presents …

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It’s Time to Take in Jesus and Put Away the Former Things

1 Peter 2:1 (MEV): Therefore put away all wickedness, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. Because of all the things Peter addresses previously, we ought willfully live differently. That means putting away the former things we did by habit. That different way of living would have us to rid ourselves of wickedness in any …

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