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Steve Zeisler - November 1, 2009

"A People Belonging to God"

With malice, deceit, and rejection (2:1-3), Peter uses an image of tender innocence - the believer as a newborn child longing for pure spiritual milk. Beginning in v. 4 he uses other word pictures to describe our bonding together in community: a temple of fitted-together stones, a priesthood, a nation, and the ‘people of God.' Our heart for the ‘spiritual milk’ (God’s word) helps us to take our place in the believing community.

Scripture References: 1 Peter 2:1-10

From Series: "Beloved Exiles: Studies in 1 Peter"

At the center of the Bible’s message is the declaration that what you see is not what you get. By faith we rest, we fight, we rejoice, we endure, and we love - counting on realities that are either invisible or waiting for us in the future. For this reason we live distinct from our neighbors whose hopes and values are rooted in this world. First Peter was written to encourage ‘sojourners’ – those whose home is elsewhere. Peter insists on growth toward maturity, calls for courage (even joy) in hardship and for righteous living that is likely to be misunderstood and ridiculed. He describes an eternal family that is based on Spirit not tribe, and observes that gold and silver perish, while godly character lasts forever. Peter speaks forthrightly, with great wisdom, about suffering and the enmity of the devil. Finally, this letter has clear, practical instruction for employees, citizens, spouses, parents and church leaders. First Peter has much to offer us - living in Silicon Valley while belonging to Jesus.

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