Growing in Love and the Word
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
This passage seems to be centred around two main commands - to love one another in 1:22 and to crave pure spiritual milk in 2:2.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2009-04-05 08:55:37
2009-04-21 11:12:58
This passage seems to be centred around two main commands - to love one another in 1:22 and to crave pure spiritual milk in 2:2. This is reflected by the two big arcs. The command to love one another is an action for which Peter gives two grounds, both expressed in participles (hidden by the ESV!). Both of these are situations created by what happened at conversion. Verse 22a says that we purified our souls by obeying the gospel, and verses 23-25 say that God gave us new birth through his enduring gospel. Since these are both true, says Peter, love one another! And the manner stresses how - at full stretch (ektenos, extendedly), from the heart. I'm slightly puzzled by how the enduring nature of the gospel acts as a ground for earnest mutual love. Is it that God's word does more than just give new birth, so it should carry on changing our affections and behaviour? (this is Grudem's suggestion, and is how I ended up preaching it) The command to crave pure spiritual milk is given with a comparison, a manner, a purpose and a ground. The comparison is to crave it like newborn babies. The manner is to take off 5 unloving attitudes as we do it. The purpose is so that we'll grow into salvation. The ground is since we have tasted the goodness of the Lord Jesus ("if" here has the same sense as in 2 Peter 2:4). The two commands are linked by the "therefore" at 2:1 - the second command is an inference from the first, and I think it explains how to do the first, almost as action and manner. We grow in earnest and heartfelt love by craving the word. Finally, why has Peter put this passage here in his letter to these people? The section 1:3-2:10 ("mercy" forms an inclusio) is all about the privileges of being God's chosen people. 1:3-12 was about our future privileges and since 1:13 he's been telling them how to get there (set hope on future brace, be holy, revere God, and now love one another). If 1:13-21 urged us to grow because of future grace, 1:22-2:3 urge us to grow because of past grace (new birth) and 2:4-10 because of present grace (being made priests and a temple as we come to Christ). So this section functions as another exhortation to live out our new corporate identity as God's elect, loving one another so we can all persevere until we receive our inheritance.. Big Idea: Love other Christians more and more, because God's enduring word gave us new birth; do this by putting off unloving attitudes and craving God's word. I ended up preaching this with the following structure: Love one another at full stretch! - because our response to the gospel produces love (v22) - because the living power of the gospel endures (v23-25) - by getting rid of all unloving attitudes (v1) - by craving the taste of Jesus in his word (v2-3)
10000000006060 6060 Notes 2009-04-05 08:55:37 2009-04-21 11:12:58 This passage seems to be centred around two main commands - to love one another in 1:22 and to crave pure spiritual milk in 2:2. This is reflected by the two big arcs. The command to love one another is an action for which Peter gives two grounds, both expressed in participles (hidden by the ESV!). Both of these are situations created by what happened at conversion. Verse 22a says that we purified our souls by obeying the gospel, and verses 23-25 say that God gave us new birth through his enduring gospel. Since these are both true, says Peter, love one another! And the manner stresses how - at full stretch (ektenos, extendedly), from the heart. I'm slightly puzzled by how the enduring nature of the gospel acts as a ground for earnest mutual love. Is it that God's word does more than just give new birth, so it should carry on changing our affections and behaviour? (this is Grudem's suggestion, and is how I ended up preaching it) The command to crave pure spiritual milk is given with a comparison, a manner, a purpose and a ground. The comparison is to crave it like newborn babies. The manner is to take off 5 unloving attitudes as we do it. The purpose is so that we'll grow into salvation. The ground is since we have tasted the goodness of the Lord Jesus ("if" here has the same sense as in 2 Peter 2:4). The two commands are linked by the "therefore" at 2:1 - the second command is an inference from the first, and I think it explains how to do the first, almost as action and manner. We grow in earnest and heartfelt love by craving the word. Finally, why has Peter put this passage here in his letter to these people? The section 1:3-2:10 ("mercy" forms an inclusio) is all about the privileges of being God's chosen people. 1:3-12 was about our future privileges and since 1:13 he's been telling them how to get there (set hope on future brace, be holy, revere God, and now love one another). If 1:13-21 urged us to grow because of future grace, 1:22-2:3 urge us to grow because of past grace (new birth) and 2:4-10 because of present grace (being made priests and a temple as we come to Christ). So this section functions as another exhortation to live out our new corporate identity as God's elect, loving one another so we can all persevere until we receive our inheritance.. Big Idea: Love other Christians more and more, because God's enduring word gave us new birth; do this by putting off unloving attitudes and craving God's word. I ended up preaching this with the following structure: Love one another at full stretch! - because our response to the gospel produces love (v22) - because the living power of the gospel endures (v23-25) - by getting rid of all unloving attitudes (v1) - by craving the taste of Jesus in his word (v2-3) notes
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1 Peter
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
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esv
mine
Having purified your souls
Having purified your souls
by your obedience to the truth
by obedience to the truth
actionmanner
for a sincere brotherly love,
into unhypocritical brotherly love,
actionresult
love one another
love one another
earnestly from a pure heart,
earnestly, from the heart,
since you have been born again,
having been born again,
not of perishable seed
not by perishable seed
but of imperishable,
but by imperishable,
negativepositive
through the living and abiding word of God;
through the living and enduring word of God.
ideaexplanation
for "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever."
Because "all flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like a flower of grass; the grass dried and the flower fell, but the word of the Lord endures for ever."
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
And this is the word that was gospelled to you.
ground
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
Therefore, putting away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisies and envies and all slanders,
Like newborn infants,
like newborn babies
long for the pure spiritual milk,
crave the spiritual pure milk,
comparison
that by it you may grow up into salvation--
so that by it you may grow into salvation,
actionpurpose
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
since you have tasted that the Lord is good.
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10000000006060 6060 Arc 2009-04-05 08:55:37 2009-04-21 11:12:58 editing 1 Peter 1 22 2 3 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 60 NT esv mine i208262 i208263 i208264 i208265 i208246 Having purified your souls Having purified your souls i208247 by your obedience to the truth by obedience to the truth actionmanner 1 i208248 for a sincere brotherly love, into unhypocritical brotherly love, actionresult 2 i208266 i208249 love one another love one another i208250 earnestly from a pure heart, earnestly, from the heart, actionmanner 1 i208267 i208251 since you have been born again, having been born again, i208268 i208269 i208270 i208252 not of perishable seed not by perishable seed i208253 but of imperishable, but by imperishable, negativepositive 2 i208254 through the living and abiding word of God; through the living and enduring word of God. ideaexplanation 1 i208271 i208255 for "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever." Because "all flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like a flower of grass; the grass dried and the flower fell, but the word of the Lord endures for ever." i208256 And this word is the good news that was preached to you. And this is the word that was gospelled to you. ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 actionmanner 1 i208272 i208273 i208274 i208257 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Therefore, putting away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisies and envies and all slanders, i208275 i208258 Like newborn infants, like newborn babies i208259 long for the pure spiritual milk, crave the spiritual pure milk, comparison 1 1 actionmanner 1 1 i208260 that by it you may grow up into salvation-- so that by it you may grow into salvation, actionpurpose 2 i208261 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. since you have tasted that the Lord is good. ground 1 1 1 1 esv 25 mine 25 a 50 discourse
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