Lesson No. 500
Book of First Peter, Chapter 2
"Chosen Generation, Royal Priesthood, Holy Nation"

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1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Living building stones for God’s house 4  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 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 marvellous light: 10 which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Obey those in authority 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 as free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Lesson No. 500   "Chosen Generation, Royal Priesthood, Holy Nation"

Book of First Peter, Chapter 2                                    02/09/2020        
1) What does Peter say we should 'lay aside', and what should we desire  (Hint: verses 1 and 3)  Like milk to a baby, how do we grow spiritual?

2) What or who is Peter talking about as living stones?  What do living stones make up into?  What is a spiritual sacrifice?  (Hint: verses 4 and 5)

3) Peter talks about the cornerstone of this 'living stones' temple- who is the corner stone and what good and bad does it (He) do?  (Hint: verses 6-8)

4) In verse 9, Peter defines for us who we are as Christians.  Why is this news to us?  Realize that Peter is saying Jesus ‘praises us’ for going from darkness INTO His….what?

5) Peter says that we have been called from darkness into Christ's light (v 9), we have obtained mercy (v 10), so then how should we live?  (verse 11)

6) Peter goes on to give specific examples of abstaining from fleshy lusts and representing Christ: verse 12- honest conversation, verse 13/14- law abiding, verse 15- silencing evil doers, and (16) living free, serving God.

7) Verse 17 says it all!  Does this advice work for us today?

8) Interestingly in verses 18 and 19 Peter says even to faithfully serve masters that are 'froward', or contrary bosses.  How does that work?

9) Peter then talks about suffering through such trials in verses 20 and 21 even when not at fault, taking the suffering patiently as Christ suffered for us.  What about those that believe Christians should not suffer?   Consider Mathew 7: 7-12?  What if we pray against suffering and trials?

10)  Peter mentions how Jesus used his suffering for our good?  Jesus’ suffering (verses 21-24) worked out pretty well for us! 

11)  Verse 25 is very assuring- what does our Shepherd and Bishop of our souls do for us?

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