November 10/1Peter 2

Verse 1 > If we are going to have good relationships with each other and with God we must get rid of the relationship destroyer in our lives. What is that destroyer of relationships > sin! How do we get rid of sin? The answer is in verse 2

Verse 2 > Crave the word of God like a newborn baby craves milk.  A newborn craves milk at all hours of the day or night and they cry to get it. It is an ongoing craving. Peter says that if you have that craving for the word and you give in to that craving you will be able to turn away from sin. The word of God feeds the spirit within us. The spirit within us grows and is able to influence our body to say no to sin. It really is pretty simple. You are what you eat.

Psalm 119:9 (NLT) — 9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.

Psalm 119:11 (NLT) — 11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Colossians 3:16 (NLT) — 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.

Job 23:12 (NLT) — 12 I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.

Verse 3 > God in his kindness has given us the bible. Read it and obey it and you will begin to taste the goodness of God.

Verse 4 > You need to grow and mature because people aren’t going to accept you anymore than they accepted Jesus. It is important for children to be accepted. Sometimes to be accepted they will do things that aren’t right. The mature Christian will not succumb to peer pressure. If they are not accepted they will not do something contrary to the word of God to be accepted. They will live without being accepted rather than cave in to peer pressure. The mature person places a high value on following Jesus, the immature places a high value on being accepted. God the Father says the greatest value is Jesus.

Verse 5-6 > Jesus is the big stone and we are the little stones. The word of God makes us ‘rock solid’ so we don’t cave in to sin!

Verses 7-8 > these are the results of rejecting Jesus and his word. You are not ‘rock solid’ and are easily pushed around by sin and sinful people! Get with a group of people who want to study the word of God together and live it out.

Verses 9-10 > Our identity is that we are ‘rock solid’ people because we are identified with The Rock, Jesus Christ!

Verse 11-12 > don’t live like a citizen of this word instead live like a citizen of heaven.

Verses 13-20 > this is how a citizen of heaven lives. Your life will prove where you have your citizenship!

Verses 21-25 > Jesus lived a sinless life and left the results and the outcome up to his heavenly Father. So also we should live our life for our Lord Jesus and leave the results and the outcome up to our heavenly Father.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Under the Mosaic covenant one family group, the Levites, were the redemption for all the first born sons and one family in that group were the priests. In the new covenant one man, Jesus, died to redeem everyone and all the redeemed became priests with direct access to God.