III. Growth in Life and Its Results
A. Growing by Feeding
on the Milk of the Word
unto Full Salvation
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
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
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.