Wednesday, May 25, 2011

1 Peter 2:2

1 Peter 2:2

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

1. “As newborn babes…”

a. Although Peter is primarily talking to new Christians, this exhortation can apply to every believer.

1). Luke 18:15-17 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

2. “…desire the sincere milk of the word…”

a. desire [1971 * epipotheo] [Thayer: to long for, desire, to pursue with love, to long after, to lust, harbour forbidden desire.]

1). We should never lose the earnest and strong desire to pursue God, His fellowship, His presence, and studying His word.

2). Psalm 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

b. sincere [97 * adolos] [Thayer: guileless, in things: unmixed, unadulterated, pure, in persons: without dishonest intent, guileless.]

c. Just as newborns cannot eat solid food, newborn Christians should concentrate in their own personal study on the milk of the word. Just as Peter in verse one exhorted us to cast off carnal behavior, the milk of the word addresses primarily getting the flesh out of our lives. In his first epistle to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul spoke to this very thing. Walking in the flesh will hinder us from receiving the deeper things of the word of God.

1). 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

d. As mature Christians we should include milk and meat not only in our diet, but also in what we walk in.

1). Hebrews 5:12-14  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  

3. “…that ye may grow therby:”

a. The goal is to “grow” spiritually. Just as we grow physically we need to grow spiritually. Growing physically comes naturally, it just happens, especially if the body is fed correctly. The more healthy the persons eats, the more healthy the body is. In the spiritual it is a little different, in that, if the person does not eat mature food they will remain babies, spiritual babies. Growing spiritually depends on us “eating” or walking in obedience to what is being taught.

1). Isaiah 55:1, 2  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

a). Verse 2 clearly likens “hearken diligently” to “eat ye”. Obedience to the word of God is eating the word.

1 Peter 1:24, 25

1 Peter 1:24, 25

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

a. [Amplified Bible] For all flesh (mankind) is like grass, and all its glory (honor) like [the] flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower drops off,
But the Word of the Lord ([f]divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever. And this Word is the good news which was preached to you.

b. [NIV] For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever." and this is the word that was preached to you.

c. Peter here is quoting Isaiah .

1). Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

b. Peter is also equating the gospel with the word of God which will endure forever

1 Peter 1:23

1 Peter 1:23

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

a. [Amplified Bible] You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal [d]origin ([e]seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God.

b. [NIV] For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

1. “Being born again…”

a. born again [313 * anagennao] [Thayer: to produce again, be born again, born anew,  metaph. to have one's mind changed so that he lives a new life and one conformed to the will of God.]

b. This is what Jesus was referring to in His conversation with Nicodemus, he was talking about the new birth.

1). John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

c. Likewise this is what Paul was talking about in Titus.

1). Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

2). The Greek word for “regeneration” is Strong’s #3824, ‘palinggenesia’  and it means, “new birth, reproduction, renewal, recreation, regeneration.”

d. Hence, we who are believers in Christ are as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…” The Amplified Bible says, “Therefore if any person is ingrafted in Christ the Messiah he is a new creation a new creature altogether…”

2. “…not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible…”

a. corruptible [5349 * phthartos] [Thayer: corruptible, perishing.]

b. incorruptible [862 * aphthartos; a-negative; phthartos-corruptible]

3. “…by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

a. Peter declares here what other gospel writers have written, that God’s word is a living person, identified as Christ Jesus.

1). Hebrews 4:12, 13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

2). Revelation 19:11-16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

b. God’s word is not only living but it has existed from the eternity past to the eternal future.

1). Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

2). Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

1 Peter 1:22

1 Peter 1:22

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

a. [Amplified Bible] Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy ] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.

b. [NIV] Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. [

1. “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth…”

a. purified [48 * hagnizo] [Thayer: ceremonially
to make pure, purify, cleanse, morally.]

b. souls [5590 * psyche] [D.C. Though it has other meanings, the context clearly shows it to be Thayer’s second definition. [Thayer: the soul, the seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions (our heart, soul etc.), the (human) soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end and secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life, the soul as an essence which differs from the body and is not dissolved by death (distinguished from other parts of the body)]

c. Kenneth Hagin in his Spirit Soul and Body teaching, gives this division of man. The Spirit-the dimension of man which deals with the spiritual realm, the part of man that knows God. The Soul-the dimension of man which deals with the mental realm, mans intellect. The sensibilities and will, the part that reasons and thinks. The Body-the dimension of man which deals with the physical realm, the house in which we live.

d. obeying [5218 * hypakoe] [Thayer: obedience, compliance, submission, obedience rendered to anyone's counsels, an obedience shown in observing the requirements of Christianity.]

e. truth [225 * aletheia] [Thayer: objectively, what is true in any matter under consideration, truly, in truth, according to truth, of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly, what is true in things appertaining to God and the duties of man, moral and religious truth, in the greatest latitude, the true notions of God which are open to human reason without his supernatural intervention, the truth as taught in the Christian religion, respecting God and the execution of his purposes through Christ, and respecting the duties of man, opposing alike to the superstitions of the Gentiles and the inventions of the Jews, and the corrupt opinions and precepts of false teachers even among Christians, subjectively, truth as a personal excellence, that candor of mind which is free from affection, pretence, simulation, falsehood, deceit.]

f. The “truth” here can be summed up in the Word of God, obedience to the Scriptures.

g. In all of this I am led to believe the purifying of our souls is an additional aspect of renewing the mind. When we get born again we have to begin to think Biblically, without which we will never grow spiritually.

1). Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2). Within this process is disciplining our thought life to conform in obedience to Christ Jesus.

a). 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,

b). Within that obedience I believe there is a purification, a cleansing that occurs in the mind, the soul, by the Word of God. Just as the outward man in his walk can be cleansed figuratively ,our souls or minds can be cleansed or purified by the washing of the Word of God.

c). Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

d. Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.

h. A passage that I believe demonstrates this is found in Philippians 3.

1). Philippians 3:12-15 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

2). We are to be obedient without murmuring or complaining and without disputing.

a). disputings (1261 * dialogismos; dia-through; logismos-a reasoning) An inward reasoning; doubting in 1 Timothy 2:8; imaginations in Romans 1:21; Through this thinking, man becomes a fool.] [Thayer: the thinking of a man deliberating with himself, a thought, inward reasoning, purpose, design, a deliberating, questioning about what is true, hesitation, doubting,  disputing, arguing.]

3). The result of being obedient without murmurings and disputing will be we will be blameless and harmless.

a). blameless (273 * amemptos; a-negative; momos-blemish) without blemish] [Thayer: blameless, deserving no censure, free from fault or defect.]

b). harmless (185 * akeraios) [literally, unmixed, the absence of foreign mixture.] [Thayer: unmixed, pure as in wines or metals, of the mind, without a mixture of evil, free from guile, innocent, simple.]

c). Thus there is a purifying or cleansing that takes place in obedience to the Scriptures.