Sermon Notes & References

“Eat Up!”

1 Peter 2:1-3

April 14, 2019

A. Last Sunday: the Imperishable Seed

    1. Love Demonstrates Obedience to the Truth – 1:22

    2. God’s Word Imperishable Because He Is – 1:23

2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, and all guile and hypocrisies, and bursts of envy, and all slanders, 2 As babies, just now born, thirst intently for the guileless spiritual milk, so that by it you should be caused to grow up in your salvation, 3 since you have tasted that the Lord is good. (RGH)


B. Diet Change – Some “Push-Away’s” – 2:1

    1. Other New Testament Lists Footnote

    2. The Gist of This List Footnote

C. Diet Change – the More Nourishing – 2:2

    1. Pure Milk

    2. Provided by God’s Word

D. Diet Change – the Best Tasting – 2:3

    1. The Condition for What Has Preceded (in verses 1 & 2) Footnote

    2. The Reference Made (Psalm 34:8) Footnote

E. Devotions

Endnote  1 Peter 1:24-2:3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  “Eat Up!”


A. Last Sunday: the Imperishable Seed

    1. Love Demonstrates Obedience to the Truth – 1:22

        a. “Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,”

        b. salvation comes, we are told in Ephesians 2:8, by God’s grace through faith, leading to His workmanship in our new birth of the next verse

        c. and in this verse it should be immediately shown in love

            (A)    sincere – unfeigned, un-hypocritical love for Christian brethren

            (B)    fervent – intense and earnest, coming from our heart for each other


    2. God’s Word Imperishable Because He Is – 1:23

        a. “for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God.”

        b. the imperishable seed is God’s word

            (A)    particularly the word of the gospel of Salvation through Jesus

            (B)    He being eternal brings to us eternal life

        c. the following verses confirm the statements in this verse

            (A)    we read them in the Scripture reading preceding the message

            (B)    man is bound by time, but God is eternal

            (C)   so what He has spoken stands firm & true forever

            (D)   and, as we enter chapter 2 – a division created by and for the convenience of, men, the subject does not change

                 (1)    believers’ lives should be changed lives

                 (2)    and one of God’s means for that change is His word

        d. since we all enjoy eating, let us approach these verse in that vein


B. Diet Change – “Push-Away’s” – 2:1

    1. “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,”

        a. it seems that every fall and winter

            (A)    very gradually, with lessened exercise, I put on 5 to 8 kg

            (B)    and realising this before spring arrives, I decide to get them off

            (C)   to this end, I have found the most effective exercise for me (next to canoeing which helps reduce the waist) is push-away’s

            (D)   not push-ups, but pushing myself away from the table while I could still stuff myself some more! ... or, perhaps pushing away dessert

        b. Paul has here a list of some things to push away for our spiritual health


    2. Some of the Apostles’ Other Lists

        a. often one word will not convey enough information to define clearly

            (A)    a vice to be avoided

            (B)    or a virtue to be pursued

            (C)   so, led by the Holy Spirit, Paul often uses lists of words

        b. which is a happy circumstance for us, because while one word

            (A)    can easily be misunderstood (eg., in SS last Sunday)

            (B)    or translated into English in various, even conflicting, ways

            (C)   but when part of a list, the intent is clear, even in translations

        c. parallel to this list are those having to do with the disrobing from the spiritual clothing of our old nature, the old man, the old self

            (A)    “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,” (Colossians 3:8-9)

            (B)    “that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,” (Ephesians 4:22)

        d. and getting a little ahead of ourselves, parallel to what follows here in verses 2, the regulation of our spiritual intake, our new diet: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

        e. & the spiritual results of this change: “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)


    3. The Gist of this List

        a. let us take a moment to look at the five items in this list – things that are part of our natural nature from which we should push away

        b. malice is a state of mind and thinking

            (A)    we all shudder at the mention of the malignancy of cancer, because even though it is hidden deep within, its effects are clearly shown

            (B)    malice is the opposite of love: ill will, hatred, malignant thinking; though it be hidden deep within, its effects are likewise clearly seen

        c. guile

            (A)    encompasses all falseness such as deceit, cunning and treachery

            (B)    the opposite of being trustworthy, as God is and would have us be

        d. hypocrisy

            (A)    is the wearing of a mask, play-acting

            (B)    pretending to be one thing while actually the opposite

            (C)   sincere love in 1:22 is literally un-hypocritical love

        e. envy

            (A)    failing the 10th commandment not to covet, is ingratitude to God

            (B)    circumstances can tempt us into it: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29

When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,

I all alone beweep my outcast state,

And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,

And look upon myself and curse my fate,

wishing me like to one more rich in hope,

Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,

Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope,

With what I most enjoy contented least;

        f.  slander

            (A)    evil speaking: almost evil chatter; gossip its mother, injury its child

            (B)    “So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and [yet] it boasts of great things. Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!” (James 3:5 NAS)

        g. push away all these from your redeemed life for Jesus Christ’s sake


C. Diet Change – the More Nourishing – 2:2

    1. “like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,”


    2. Pure Milk

        a. milk is said to be the perfect food

            (A)    containing that balance of sugars, fats, minerals, and vitamins required for the healthy growth of the child

            (B)    this became evident as some of the substitute formulae for babies showed their deficiencies

            (C)   small wonder when you remember that God designed it to be so

            (D)   it is this aspect of milk that is in mind here – not the contrast that Paul uses in one place with meat being for the mature Christian

            (E)    but rather, that in some sense, on this pilgrim pathway through sanctification to glorification we are all but babes

            (F)    picking up the theme of being born again from 1:23

        b. more and more people are questioning the nature of the food we eat

            (A)    because of all the additives that are found in it

            (B)    so that the organic food business has become quite an industry

            (C)   but this milk is pure – no harmful additives! – literally, guileless

            (D)   “you are what you eat!” – remember that after a turkey dinner!

            (E)    this, then, is good spiritual food, being guileless, fostering truth


    3. Provided by God’s Word

        a. in the preceding chapter we had ‘word’ translating two Greek words

            (A)    one was logos, which emphasises the truth and doctrine, and is the more common word to refer to God’s written word

            (B)    the other, rema, which emphasises the conveyance of the message, more commonly by speech, God’s spoken word, that was relayed in preaching the gospel – “… And this is the word which was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25 NAS)

        b. here, Peter uses a third word, related to the first, logikos, but still referring to the Scriptures

            (A)    it is God’s word as being the reasonable, logical food for the mind and spirit of the believer

            (B)    it provides the necessary mixture of spiritual sugars, fats, minerals, and vitamins required for the healthy growth of a Christian

            (C)   a growth that is to continue, as already said, through sanctification until our ultimate glorification


D. Diet Change – the Best Tasting – 2:3

    1. “if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”


    2. Condition for What Preceded

        a. although it comes at the end of the sentence

            (A)    is the basis by which one can set aside the push-away’s of our diet

            (B)    and absorb the nutritive spiritual contents of God’s word

        b. there are two words in Greek that can be translated ‘if’

            (A)    one conveys greater uncertainty, or even impossibility – depending on the sentence construction – that is not the one used here

            (B)    the other conveys less uncertainty, or even certainty, as used here

            (C)   Peter is addressing believers, and so it can be rendered, ‘if, as is the case’ or more positively, ‘since’

            (D)   these are people who have …

        c. tasted and experienced God

            (A)    they had received His grace in forgiveness of sin

            (B)    the Spirit had made known His Fatherhood to us in a difficult life

            (C)   this experience gives the attraction that to feed properly

                 (1)    to grow up spiritually

                 (2)    “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)


    3. The Reference Made

        a. is from Psalm 34, David’s thanksgiving for God’s deliverance

        b. that God answered his prayer in the midst of danger

        c. a testimony to others that they should trust in God

        d. with that invitation in verse 8, “O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalms 34:8)

        e. just try Him, just take a little taste!

        f.  this the same testimony as Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31): “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!”


E. Application

    1. Family Worship

        a. a personal failure – a constant regret


    2. Personal Quiet Time

        a. Scripture Union – Bible League of Canada – Daily Bread

        b. set a time & place


    3. These Things Make Christ Real

        a. During a revival meeting, George W. Truett, the famous pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, noticed a brilliant student from Baylor University attending and listening with great interest. Truett, greatly interested in the conversion of this young man, arranged a private meeting. Truett spoke earnestly about the Saviour. The student asked Dr. Truett a simple question: “IS JESUS CHRIST REAL TO YOU?” and added, “Please don’t give me a THEORETICAL or THEOLOGICAL answer.” Tears came to Dr. Truett’s eyes, and he replied, “Son, Jesus Christ is more real to me than the skin that covers my bones.” Endnote

        b. What about you and me? Is Jesus Christ more real to us than the skin that covers our bones? Do we spend more effort, energy and time with this world’s concerns than God’s? Let us make the commitment this morning to be faithful in spending time with our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ.