Biblical Principles for Application from 1
Tod Kennedy, March, 2000
I. Crave the Word of God, the food for
spiritual growth. 1 Peter 2.1-3
- 1 Peter 2.1 Principle: Put aside these mental attitude
sins and sins of the tongue; they especially hinder
consistent spiritual growth and love for others.
- 1 Peter 2.2 Principle: Crave spiritual truth, the Word of
God, which is your food for spiritual growth. Take advantage
of Bible teaching--listen to it, think about it, use it.
- 1 Peter 2.3 Principle: You have already tasted or
experienced that the Lord is gracious, kind, and helpful.
You did this when you believed in Christ, when you
understood your position in Christ and the blessings that go
with that position, and when you experienced God's blessings
upon you and through you to others.
II. Christ is the Living Stone, the object
of our faith, 1 Peter 2.4-6
- 1 Peter 2.4 Principle: Practice occupation with
Christ--loyal love, faith dependence, obedience to him. He
is the Father's chosen and honored Son and your savior and
- 1 Peter 2.5 Principle: You all are living stones making up
the spiritual house, Christ's church. The church is a holy
priesthood; now grow spiritually in the understanding and
function of your priesthood so that you may fulfill your
full-time priestly service of honorable production for God.
- 1 Peter 2.6 Principle: Jesus Christ is the foundation for
Israel and for the Church. He is also the foundation for
your life, your honored leader, your never failing savior,
your high priest, your hero. Continue to believe him; you
will never be disappointed by him and his plan for you.
- 1 Peter 2.7 Principle: Many people, Jews and Gentiles,
reject Christ. This does not change the Father's plan for
his Son. Christ is the cornerstone and foundation for both
Israel and the Church.
- 1 Peter 2.8 Principle: Everyone who refuses to believe in
the Father's Christ has chosen for himself spiritual failure
and God's judgment.
III. We are a priesthood who proclaims God’s greatness and glorifies Him, 1 Peter 2.9-12
- 1 Peter 2.9 Principle: Church age believers are a chosen
race, a select kind and class of people, a family of "in
Christ" spiritual descendents, a faith people; we are a
royal priesthood, an order of people with royal rank and in
royal service; we are a holy nation, a set apart for God's
service spiritual people; and we are a people for God’s own
possession. We have become naturalized citizens of God's light
or righteous kingdom and have had our citizenship in Satan's
dark or sin kingdom revoked.
- 1 Peter 2.10 Principle: Gentiles had no unified identity.
Only Israel had an identity. Since Christ's death,
resurrection, ascension, session, and coming of the Holy
Spirit every believer has an identity in Christ and with the
family of God.
- 1 Peter 2.11 Principle: Every believer's home is heaven, not
earth; we live here temporarily. A spiritual battle rages
inside of every believer; the old sin nature battles against
the soul. Reject the old sin nature's desires.
- 1 Peter 2.12 Principle: Live nobly; produce divine good; and
when you face adversity or prosperity—the highs and lows of
life, those who slander you will see your divine good
production during those times and glorify God and influence
others to glorify God.
IV. Authority orientation is God’s will and
blesses mankind, 1 Peter 2.13-19
- 1 Peter 2.13-18 Principle: Authority is the right to rule
and make decisions. God has instituted authority in order to
1) protect free will, 2) protect the human race from self
destruction, 3) give order to life 4) maintain peace 5) allow
the gospel and doctrine to spread and influence people ) to
remove legitimate reason for criticism of believers by foolish
- 1 Peter 2.13-18 Principle: God's authority establishes
freedom, freedom requires responsibility, responsibility
protects freedom and restrains authority.
- 1 Peter 2.13 Principle: Submission is the placing of
yourself under the authority of another. Submission results in
obedience. Correct submission requires humility. Submission is
authority orientation. Believers first submit to God, then to
the proper authorities.
- 1 Peter 2.16 Principle: Every church age believer has
freedom in Christ to live apart from the regulations of the
Mosaic Law, the imposed religious rules of society, and the
rules and taboos of other believers insofar as living this way
does not violate church age Scripture.
- 1 Peter 2.16 Principle: A covering is something behind which
a person hides and then an excuse or rational for living a
certain way that is in fact wrong. When we use freedom or
liberty in Christ or freedom from the ML or taboos as an
excuse to be self centered, to think mental attitude sins, to
refuse to help other believers we are using that freedom as a
covering for evil.
- 1 Peter 2.16 Principle: A bond slave is a person under the
absolute authority of another. The slave is under obligation
to the master and is responsible to the master. The word
"servant" is an incorrect translation. Each believer
is God's slave. We are under his authority and his protection.
- 1 Peter 2.17 Principle: God wants believers to honor or
respect all people because 1) each has been created in the
image of God 2) He gave free will and self determination to
each 3) to protect authority, freedom and responsibility 4) to
guard order in life 5) it is the moral way to treat others 6)
respect helps our witness.
- 1 Peter 2.17 Principle: God wants believers to love the
brotherhood (the community of believers, the members of the
divine love, a love produced by the Holy Spirit and instructed
by Bible doctrine, regardless of the object’s merit or
demerit. This is Christian camaraderie.
- 1 Peter 2.17 Principle: God wants us to fear Him, to think
of Him with reverential respect, a sense of awe. The fear of
the Lord or fear of God in believers is a learned volitional
faith commitment to God.
- 1 Peter 2.17 Principle: God wants believers to
honor the office of king, the
constitution, or the highest authority in the land even if the
person who is king at the time is dishonorable. This is the
basis for authority, freedom, responsibility, and order.
- 1 Peter 2.18 Principle: God wants household servants—and
all those under authority for that matter—to respect the
authority of their masters, bosses, coaches, teachers, and
supervisors, even if those with authority are crooked and
- 1 Peter 2.19 Principle: God favors believers who practice
authority orientation, especially when the authority is
V. Suffering is common to life; Christ’s
sacrifice for us because of sin was the ultimate suffering, 1
- 1 Peter 2.20 Principle: People ought to endure suffering
when they bring it on themselves, but when they do not deserve
the suffering and still endure that suffering with a good
mental attitude, God blesses them. Believers who do this are
living out their new creation nature by the Holy Spirit, by
faith, and by occupation with the Lord (2.20).
- 1 Peter 2.21 Principle: Christ had to endure suffering and
we will have to endure suffering. We ought to endure it with
the same faith, doctrine, love, purpose, and divine power that
Christ lived by.
- 1 Peter 2.22-23 Principle: Christ was sinless; he gave no
reason for people to attack him yet they did. Under these
circumstances he completely trusted the Father; he did not
take revenge and he controlled his tongue. We ought to do the
- 1 Peter 2.24 Principle: Christ pressed on with the Father’s
purpose for his incarnation: he was judged for our sins with
the result that every believer may now live apart from sin’s
control and instead live to pursue God’s righteousness.
- 1 Peter 2.25 Principle: God views the human race as straying
sheep. Those who have believed in the son have returned to the
heavenly shepherd—the Father. The heavenly shepherd
protects, leads, feeds, and promotes growth.