Redeemed

1 Peter 1:19-21 KJV But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: [20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, [21] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
 
What a joy it is to know that we are redeemed. If we have trusted Christ as our Savior, we are not only saved but redeemed. To be redeemed means that we have been purchased out of the sin market and set free never to be exposed to sale again. We must understand that we are not redeemed by works or good deeds. We are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. His death on the cross paid the fill, complete price of our sin. Praise God for His redemption paid for by Christ’s precious blood.

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Dual Citizenship

1 Peter 2:17-18 KJV Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. [18] Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
 
Peter is still dealing with the idea of our citizenship. We who are saved are first and foremost citizens of heaven, Being a citizen of heaven does negate us of our responsibilities to others. In every area of our life, we are to do right unto others. We are to do right to any person we meet along the way. We are to do right to those who are our Christian brother and sisters. We are even to honor the civil leadership in our life. Even at work, we are to treat our employer right. Being a heavenly citizen means that we conduct ourselves as good citizens in our everyday life.

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A Heavenly Citizen

1 Peter 2:15-16 KJV For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: [16] As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
 
We must understand that first and foremost we are citizens of heaven, We are simply pilgrims on this earth. There are those who do not understand the Bible and the things of God. Because they do not understand, they may often say things that are not correct. Our response is not to simply argue with them. We can and should reason with them out of the Word of God. But the way we life should be so consistent with the Word of God that our actions put to silence those things said that are not consistent with the Bible. We should not respond our of anger or maliciousness.

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Good Citizens

1 Peter 2:13-14 KJV Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; [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.
 
We are to obey the laws of the land. When Peter wrote these words, he was living under the rule of a Caesar. Peter did not have a say in the government he was under. We are privileged that we have a say in who governs us and how we are governed. We should thank the Lord for that privilege. Being a good citizen goes to our testimony. If we are unwilling to obey the laws, we are living a bad testimony and setting a bad example for others.  Let’s make sure daily that we are good citizens in this world. 

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Honest Conversation

1 Peter 2:11-12 KJV Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; [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.
 
We need to be careful about allowing fleshly lusts into our life. We all battle fleshly lusts, they war against our soul.  We need to go to the Savior for help in winning the battle over fleshy lusts. We need to have victory in our life so that we may continue to grow as Christians. We also need to have victory in our life to have a good testimony to those that are without Christ. If someone speaks evil of our lifestyle, our actions should speak louder than their words. Let’s make sure that our lifestyle tells others the truth about Jesus.

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A Chosen Generation

1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV 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: [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.
 
Once we trust Christ as our Savior, we become a part of a new people: the family of God. We are now children of God (John 1:12). As children of God, we are also described as a chosen generation. we are chosen by God to represent Him to this world. We are a royal priesthood with direct access to God at all times. We are a holy nation and a peculiar people. We are a special people that belong to Almighty God. We, then, ought to live life as the children of God chosen to represent Him to this world. Our actions everyday ought to convey to those around us who we are.

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The Cornerstone

1 Peter 2:6-8 KJV 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. [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, [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.
 
Jesus is our Cornerstone. He is the foundation of our life. He is the One that gives us salvation and eternal security. When we place our trust in Him, we are not confounded or dismayed and ashamed. Because our faith is in Him, He is precious to us. To those that do not believe in Him He often is a stumbling block to them. Without faith, they have a hard time accepting Him and His death for their salvation. We should, therefore, glory in His work on our behalf and consistently share the Gospel with others.

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Lively Stones

1 Peter 2:4-5 KJV To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, [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.
 
Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone of the church. There are those who rejected Him. The Jewish nation rejected Him. Their rejection did not change God’s plan. God is working to build a spiritual house with Jesus being the cornerstone of that edifice. God is building this spiritual house with us. We are to be lively stones. This means that we are to be living the way God instructs us to live. Let’s reach others with the Gospel. As reach others, God then adds to this spiritual house that He is presently building. This makes us workmen with God. 

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The Sincere Word

1 Peter 2:1-3 KJV Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, [2] As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: [3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
 
Peter tells us that we should continue to desire the sincere milk of the Word. We are certainly to grow in our walk with the Lord. This growth will mean that we are able to digest the meat of the Word. But as we digest the meat of the Word, we should never stop desiring the sincere milk of the Word. We should never have the attitude that we have arrived when iot comes to knowledge of the Bible. There will always be truths that we can learn and even relearn. Let’s stay hungry for God’s Word.

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The Eternal Word

1 Peter 1:24-25 KJV For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: [25] But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 
This world is temporary at best. The Bible tells us that our life is but a vapor. Compared to eternity, our life on this earth is very short. Everything we own is temporary. On e day it will all be gone. How mush time and energy we spend on things that are temporary. How little time we spend on things that are eternal. The one thing in this world that is eternal is God’s Word. We can trust His Word because it is eternal. We can live according to His Word because it does not change. Let’s allow the eternal, unchanging Word of God guide us through this life and into the life to come.

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