Have you ever seen a map of the universe taken from space, so you can actually see the billions and billions of stars? First, they impress upon you how there are too many stars to count, then they point to 1 tiny insignificant pinpoint of light and label it “you are here.” The purpose is to make you feel insignificant.
In 1 Peter 2:1-10, Peter does the opposite. He cites the Old Testament to explain the God’s majestic plan for redemptive history and insists believers are part of it. Rather than demoralize us with how insignificant we are, Peter is seeking to inspire us with the plan of God and how we are a part of it.
- In 1 Peter 1:1-12, Peter explained the living hope we have as believers and the inheritance we have in the kingdom of God. While we have been rescued from our guilt by the blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit has begun his sanctifying work in us, in the meantime we are in the process of testing and strengthening our faith.
- In 1 Peter 1:13-25, he gave 3 examples of how faith changes us: 1) We now strive to be holy (1:14-16); 2) We love God (1:17-21); and we love our fellow believers (1:22-25).
- 1 Peter 2 starts “Therefore” (since we have this hope and inheritance and our faith will be test), long for a deeper understanding of God’s word the way a newborn longs for its mothers milk.
- Just like milk is life to a newborn, coming to a deep understanding God’s word is the milk that nourishes wisdom and maturity in us. The more we understand wisdom, the more our lives reflect it.
- Peter gives his conclusion first in 1 Peter 2:4-5, then he quotes 4 different Old Testament passages.
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- God has this great redemptive purpose for His people, which began 1000s of years ago.
- Jesus Christ is at the center of everything God is doing.
- By believing in Jesus, you are part of His people and plan.
- But you have a choice. You have to decide if you will reject or accept the cornerstone: Jesus Christ.
- God is building on this foundation of Jesus Christ. Those who will stumble on it will be destroyed. Those who stand securely on that foundation will be built into something glorious.
- Once you had no hope, but now you have a hope that will not disappoint.
- Therefore, stand firm and be strong in your faith.