September 30, 20130 comments
“Longing for God’s Word” from 1 Peter 2:1-3. You can listen to the sermon here.
So far in this letter, Peter’s key truth has been the new birth, the truth that believers have been born again to a living hope. We who were dead in our sins have been given new life through the living and abiding word of God. This is how Peter began his letter, and it has been the controlling truth throughout chapter 1.
But the truth of the new birth only addresses the beginning of the Christian life. What happens after we have been born again? The new birth is extremely important, even determinative in a Christian’s relationship with God, but there is more after that. This is why Peter has given commands and instructions to his readers. They have been born again, so be holy. Conduct yourself in fear. Love one another. In other words, Peter knows that their new birth was only the beginning. It was the necessary step in order for them to follow Christ and live as God’s people during the time of their sojourn. They have been born again, but now they must grow.
But how will that growth happen? Through the growth-giving word of God. Therefore, believers are to long for that word, so that they might grow up into salvation.
For Further Study
In verse 1, Peter talks about putting off the evil attitudes that belonged to our former, sinful nature. In the New Testament, the idea of “putting off” is a frequent way to describe sanctification. Read the following passages that address sanctification. Write down any thoughts or observations you have as you read.
Do you see any connection between each of the above passages and our passage in 1 Peter 2:1-3?
For Personal Reflection
What is your plan for pursuing the Word? What are some ways that you can fill your mind with the truth of Scripture? Try to be as specific as possible.