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THE FIRST EPISTLE
OF
PETER

CHAPTER 2

III. Growth in Life and Its Results
2:1-10

A. Growing by Feeding
on the Milk of the Word
unto Full Salvation
vv.1-3


1 1Therefore putting away all 2amalice and all guile and bhypocrisies and envyings and all evil speakings,

2 As 1newborn ababes, long for the 2guileless bmilk 3of the word in order that by it you may 4cgrow 5unto dsalvation,

3 If you have 1atasted that the Lord is 2good.


B. Transformed unto the Building Up
of a Spiritual House for God's Dwelling,
a Holy Priesthood for God's Service
vv.4-8


4 Coming to Him, a 1living astone, brejected by men but with God cchosen and 2precious,

5 You yourselves also, as 1living astones, are being 2bbuilt up as a 3spiritual 4chouse 5into a 6holy 7priesthood to offer up 8spiritual sacrifices dacceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6 For it is contained in Scripture: a"Behold, I lay in Zion a 1cornerstone, 2bchosen and 3precious; and he who cbelieves on Him shall by no means be put to shame.''

7 To you therefore who believe is the 1preciousness; but to the unbelieving, a"The stone which the 2builders brejected, this has 3become the head of the corner,''

8 And, a"A stone of 1bstumbling and a rock of coffense''; who dstumble at 2the word, being disobedient, to 3which also they were eappointed.


C. To Tell Out the Virtues
of the Calling One
vv.9-10


9 But you are a achosen 1race, a 2royal bpriesthood, a 3holy nation, a people acquired for a possession, so that you may 4tell out the 5cvirtues of Him who has dcalled you out of 6edarkness into His marvelous 6flight;

10 1Who once were anot a people but now are the people of God; who had not previously been shown mercy but have now been shown mercy.


IV. The Christian Life and Its Sufferings
2:11--4:19

A. A Life in an Excellent Manner
toward All Men in All Concerns
2:11--3:13

1. As Sojourners among the Gentiles
2:11-12


11 Beloved, I entreat you as astrangers and bsojourners to cabstain from 1dfleshly lusts, which ewar against the 1fsoul,

12 Having your 1amanner of life 2bexcellent among the Gentiles, so that in the matter concerning which they cspeak against you as evildoers they may, by your dgood works, as they see them with their own eyes, eglorify God in the day of His 3fvisitation.


2. Toward Human Institutions
2:13-17


13 1Be asubject to every human 2institution 3for the Lord's sake, whether to a bking as being supreme,

14 Or to governors as being sent by him for avengeance on evildoers and praise of those who do bgood.

15 For so is the awill of God, that by doing good you would muzzle the bignorance of 1foolish men;

16 As afree, and yet bnot having freedom as a covering for evil, but as cslaves of God.

17 aHonor all men. bLove the 1brotherhood. cFear God. Honor the dking.


3. Servants toward Masters
2:18-20


18 Household aservants, be subject in all 1bfear to your masters, not only to the good and forbearing but also to the crooked.

19 For this is 1grace, if anyone, 2because of a aconsciousness of God, bears sorrows by suffering 3unjustly.

20 For what 1glory is it if, while sinning and being buffeted, you endure? But if, while doing good and asuffering, you endure, this is grace with God.


4. The Model of Christ
2:21-25

21 For to 1this you were acalled, because Christ also bsuffered on your behalf, leaving you a 2cmodel so that you may follow in His steps;

22 Who committed no asin, nor was guile found in His bmouth;

23 Who being reviled did anot revile in return; suffering, He did not threaten but kept committing 1all to Him who 2bjudges righteously;

24 Who Himself 1abore up our sins in His bbody on the 2ctree, in order that we, 3having ddied to sins, might 4elive 5to righteousness; by whose 6fbruise you were 7healed.

25 For you were like asheep being led astray, but you have now 1returned to the 2bShepherd and cOverseer of your 3dsouls.