Read 1 Peter chapter Two
1Pe 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
(Any time you see the word "wherefore" you should look and see what it is there for. Why should we lay aside all malice, gule, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speakings? If we look back into the last part of chapter one, we will see why. Verse 22 reminds us that we have purified our souls in obedience to God's Word. Verse 23 tells us we have been born again by God's Word, and verses 24 and 25 teaches us that God's Word will endure forever. "Therefore" (or, because of these things), we should lay aside the evil mentioned above).
1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
("Sincere Milk" refers to the pure word of God)
1Pe 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
1Pe 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Submission to Authority
1Pe 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
1Pe 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
(These verses have always been a stumbling block among those striving to follow God's Word. But it should not be. What do we do when the authorities over us are evil? What do we do when the laws tell us to do things contrary to the Word of God? First, understand that “submitting” and “participating” is two different things. The word “ordinance” in V.13 is speaking of the INSTITUTIONS of man, not the laws of man. We are to submit to subject ourselves to the Authorities that are over us, BUT, this does not mean we participate and embrace every law that is past. Think of Peter and Paul and the other disciples when they were told to stop preaching. What did they say? “We ought to obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29). But, at the same time, they did not rise up against the authorities and fight against them. And, when they were arrested, they submitted. The picture we get from this is that we are to submit to the governing authorities as far as it does not directly go against God's Word. When it does, we must obey God rather then man, and we are to submit then to authorities. Remember, God is in control, even unto death.
1Pe 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
1Pe 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
(The word “honour” means to value. The word “love” means to love in a social or moral way. Notice Scripture did not say to “love all men”. We are not to “love” all men. We are to recognize that God died for them just as much as He died for us, and to place value and respect to them to that extent. Even God “hates” some people, but yet He died for all. We are however to “love” those of the true Christian faith. Those who truly follow Christ and are part of the brotherhood of Christ.)
1Pe 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
1Pe 2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
1Pe 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
(“Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” is Jesus Christ)
Answer the questions below. If you miss a question, go back and study that portion of the class and then retake the test. Once you have received a 100% you may proceed to the next class. You DO NOT have to submit this test for grading. Only the final test will be submitted.