Scripture Reading: I Peter 2:1-10.
Memory Verse: “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 marvelous light….” (I Peter 2:9)
Our study begins with a transition paragraph (I Peter 2:1-3) starting with the word “wherefore.” We should consider this as a connector from what has been said previously to what he is about to present. This should be helpful in our discussion.
After covering salvation, Peter now presents to us some views on Christian growth. A quick look in the mirror will reveal that this can be a bit overwhelming; for instance, his description of the Christian brotherhood. This exalted conception is given by one who was a strict Jew, practiced circumcision, and believed in the Mosaic institutions. These descriptive titles placed upon all Christians become very significant
In our study all of them will be addressed, but let’s look at one that can be misused. Often we hear that we should be able to pick out a Christian from within a group of people. This suggests a certain appearance would be necessary. In our modern usage, “peculiar’’ has come to mean “odd.” However, the original thought in scripture means to be “purchased.” Brethren, being God’s own possession doesn’t lessen this impact.
In conclusion, this lesson covers thoughts that are far too glorious for the minds of men to totally comprehend.
- When one desires to conduct himself properly, what are some hindrances to personal growth? I Peter 2:1; Romans 6:6. Do these ever occur in the church setting? James 4:11.
- How can we plant seed for personal growth? I Peter 2:2. Can mature Christians also be affected? I Corinthians 3:1-3.
- Why are there results from planting seed for spiritual growth? I Peter 2:3; Psalm 19:7-11.
- What changes take place as a result of personal growth? I Peter 2:4.
- Who are these “lively stones?” I Peter 2:5; Ephesians 2:20-22. What is the desire and character of these stones? Hebrews 13:15-16. Define the term “to communicate.”
- How does being part of this spiritual house affect us? I Peter 2:6. What is meant by the word “confounded?” Romans 9:33; 1:16.
- Why is there a negative aspect revealed? I Peter 2:7-8.
- We have in I Peter 2:9a a detailed description of a Christian. Let’s discuss each one.
Chosen generation – I Peter 2:4 may help. Royal priesthood – II Corinthians 5:19-20. Holy nation – literal and/or spiritual? Peculiar people – see introduction.
- How should we show our gratitude for such a transformation? I Peter 2:9b-10; Psalm 15-17.
EXTRA-MILE QUESTION: Compare this lesson with these additional scriptures and apply them to your own personal situation: I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 12:1-2.