1 – 1 Peter 2:2-3 (ESV) 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
RAF: Have you tasted the goodness of God? Then train your appetite to desire more and more of Him. And begin to go after it like newborns do their mother’s milk. Milk in the Scripture is often a picture of God’s blessings. Hence we read so many times that Canaan is referred to as the land of “milk & honey.” In 1 Cor. 3:2 Paul likens the Gospel to milk – it is the single, most basic life giving provision of God. In Heb. 5:12 milk is the “basic principles of the oracles of God.” And in 5:13 it is that upon which we as babes find perfect sustenance as we grow to take in the stronger “bread” of the Word which is not just the good news about Christ, but more of Christ Himself. That then also becomes our meat in due season. Christ at the beginning, Christ as we grow, and Christ the fullness of God for us. This is John’s point in 1 John 2 where he writes to “little children”, young men” and “fathers.” We all grow in and by Christ. That never changes in any stage of life. Let your hearts taste Him often and your souls be drawn out after Him. Let the taste of His sweetness spoil you for everything else. Oh Father – feed us upon Christ every step of the way. Holy Spirit, break Him to us today as our daily portion – and let us be filled with Him!
2 – 1 Peter 2:4-5 (ESV) 4As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
RAF: What a “priesthood” this is which belongs to the Believer. It is as high above the Levite’s priesthood as Jesus’ priesthood is above Aaron’s. The priests of the Old Covenant would take the sacrifices of the people, help them spill the blood of them and offer them before God. But ours are not sacrifices for sin. Christ has satisfied those once and for all. Ours is a priesthood of pure joy. The sacrifices we offer up – are all those of thanksgiving and praise. Celebratory sacrifices. Hebrews 13:15 explains it to us: “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” What a joyous occupation! Imagine, we are ordained to be happy and to give God thanks and praise for His goodness, mercy and grace to us. This is our holy employment. It is not somber and mournful – it is full of grace and glory. And though we know still the uncleanness of our own hands – note that the passage reminds us still our offerings are acceptable – “through Jesus Christ.” As poorly formed, ill conceived, sometimes pitifully executed and even tainted with mixed motives – still, our Christ renders them acceptable to the Father, because we offer them in His holy name. Oh may the spirit of praise grip us and may the shouts of joy rise up from the camp of the saints to drown out the miserable din of sin’s beckoning.
3 – 1 Peter 2:11-12 (ESV) 11Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
RAF: One of the greatest weapons Christ has given to us for prosecuting the battle against sin, is to live in the reality of this present transitory state. That all temptation is passing and temporary. Here, the image is of OUR transient stay here. This world is not our home. The things it offers us will soon be gone, because we’ll soon be gone. We are sojourners here, exiles. If we think of ourselves in these terms, sin’s grip is dealt a withering blow. Temptation can be so much more endured when we realize it will end soon. That it will not always remain wooing us with the same vigor. Our enduring is but for a time. And we do not want the opportunity of the time allotted us to be robbed by falling into sin. Such passions within us war against our souls, make us dull to God’s voice, and prey to our lust’s. Holy Spirit, remind us often, this is temporary – and the glory which awaits us is at hand!