Display a New Identity
I Peter 2:1-12
March 18, 2007
v. 1 - these practices come from Satan and have the taint
They are a class of sins to which Christians are especially
v. 2 - a "babe" - weak, helpless, who could guess what a babe
could become? to see the new-born child of God grow
into the perfected spirit bowing in eternal glory before
Luke 2:52 - "And Jesus increased in wisdom, and in stature,
and in favor with God and man"
Growth is spontaneous - no man can add to his stature one
cubit! - under the right conditions life cannot help but grow.
The new birth comes from God but the new man
must grow - that growth is not spontaneous - progress,
growth in grace, requires earnest prayer, watchfulness,
constant self-denial and takes time.
"sincere milk of the Word" - spiritual nourishment of the soul.
The Word of God is the original soul food! - The truth has in it
all that a soul needs.
There is no bodily craving more intense than hunger - the
infant cries for food - such keenness of appetite should mark
every Christian - infants do not need to be told to seek the
mother's breast - but mature people through indifference
and often a positive distaste for the wholesome food which
God gives, neglects the soul's welfare.
A preference for any book or TV show to the Bible?
If we will only use the ample means provided for us and let
our souls feed on the Word of God we shall grow as certainly
as the child from infancy into adulthood - mark that growth -
lines on the doorway of children at different ages.
Ps. 119:103 - "How sweet are thy words to my taste! yea,
sweeter than honey to my mouth"
v. 3 - "O taste and see that the Lord is good" - Ps. 34:8
"prove me now" - Mal. 3:10
v. 4 - "to whom coming" - the Greek shows that the
"coming" is not an act done once for all but an
act that is done repeatedly.
v. 5 - Your own place to fill - your own work to do
a building not material, but spiritual, consisting not
of inanimate stones but living, sanctified, souls
resting on no earthly foundation, but on the Rock
which is Christ!
A flaw of man is his refusal to grasp the pure spirituality
of the Divine nature!
"ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their
God, and they shall be my people" - II Cor. 4:16
God comes and makes His abode in every believing soul.
The Divine Spirit can fill and penetrate each human
spirit as easily and completely as the sunshine drenches
and saturates the mist, every particle is suffused with
fiery brightness. ****
"Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation"
Prov. 23:26a - "My son, give me thine heart" - the chief
sacrifice that we can offer is ourselves - that is all
He asks and all that we have to give.
v. 6 - The Stone - both the Foundation on which the
building rests and the Chief Corner-Stone -
which holds the walls together so that the "whole
building fitly framed together and compacted in
all its parts groweth unto a holy temple unto the
Lord" - Eph. 4:16
Christ is the Foundation Stone - all the universe rests on Him!
His Person underlies all being, all peace and all nobleness!
The closer Christians are bound by spiritual union with
that one Corner-stone, the closer will they be bound
There is strong support - "underneath are the Everlasting
"he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded"
We need not fear piling all our cares and sorrows on Him,
"other foundation can no man lay, than that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ" - I Cor. 3:11
Those who have built their lives on other foundations
will stand terrified when they feel the crumbling under
them at the last day - a much more serious situation
than helplessness in an earthquake!
In simple trust look to Jesus today - take Him for who
He is, the Incarnate Son of God!
You will never be "confounded" or put to a shame!
Miss Illinois - Tiger Stadium - Bill Glass Crusade - 1970's -
"Reach Out to Jesus - He's Reaching out to You"
Faith is but stretching out the hand to His extended hand!
How can we do that if our hands hang listlessly by our side
or resolutely clenched behind our backs?
Faith builds on that Foundation - unbelief, which is
disobedience, pulls down that Rock of offence on its
own head and is ground to powder by its fall!
The greatest disobedience is unbelief! All disobedience
flows from unbelief! Problem in the world today/leaders
leaving Christ out of the building?
"This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom
He hath sent" - John 6:29
v. 7 - Thank God! The unbelief and disobedience of men
cannot turn aside the purpose of God - the Living
Stone that was once disallowed is become the Head
of the corner.
v. 8 - The Living Stone is not only made the Head of the
corner to the confusion of the disobedient, but becomes
also to their destruction a Stone of stumbling, they fall on
that Stone, and are broken!
Hurt, maiming, destruction, are the appointed
consequences of rejecting Christ just as salvation
is appointed for believers!
The idea is willful opposition - sin hardens the heart
and then there is the danger of eternal sin - Mark 3:29
It is God's ordinance that disobedience should end in
stumbling but there can be repentance - perseverance
in disobedience must end in everlasting death!
"A Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offence" - it is no
light thing to reject the Son of God, to set the cross at
naught, to despise the love of Him who died upon the
cross for us!
Such sinners against their own souls must fall!
Daniel 2:34,45 - That Stone must become a great
mountain and fill the whole earth and
resistance to the decree of the Most High
can only END IN RUIN AND DESTRUCTION -
those who reject the Living Stone must in the
end be crushed beneath it - Matt. 21:44
v. 9 - "chosen" - Deut. 7:6 - Israel by circumcision
Christians by baptism
A private, special, treasured possession of God -
The church of God He hath purchased with His own
blood - Acts 20:28
Called....."out of darkness into His marvelous light"
God designed us to be a mirror of Himself - every
creature has this for its highest end, to glorify God -
of all creatures man is the highest revelation of the
character of God; and among men, man redeemed is
the highest - I think of the second-class citizenry to
which that secularist have relegated modern Christians -
What will happen when the shoe is on the other foot?
When you try to appear before God at the marriage
supper of the Lamb with out a wedding garment,
without proper attire?
"Holiness to the Lord" is the badge of those who are
consecrated to His service" - Exodus 28:36
v. 11 - "fleshly lusts" - it is the soul against which they
fight - the soul which was first breathed into man
To lose one's soul is to lose one's all - no apparent
gain can compensate for that TREMEDOUS LOSS!
v. 12 - implies close attention - the Gentiles/world
watched/watches the conduct of Christians,
narrowly scrutinizing them to discover faults
Peter hopes that the holy lives of Christians may be
made the means of leading men to Christ in the time
A Christian's life consists in symmetry and conformity
to the Word of God as its rule - therefore he ought to
study that rule and to square his ways by it!
Gospel preaching must be supported by gospel living.
Next to the inborn ungodliness of the natural heart,
the great hindrance to Christ's kingdom is the
Church's own ungodliness!
Righteousness will not satisfy the world - there must
also be love.
The influence of Christian character on the world is
"By your good works which they shall behold, they
may glorify God in the day of visitation"
Unbecoming conduct may harden men in sin & unbelief;
becoming conduct may prepare the way of the Lord.
"abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul"