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1 Peter 2:11-17: Beautiful Conduct

During the time of Peter’s writing of 1 Peter many philosophical groups had what were called holiness codes.  These codes laid out the moral conduct of people within the group.  It should be no surprise to Christians that we also have a holiness code.  In fact it is expected since we are required to be “holy as God is holy” (1 Peter 1:16).  Thus for us to know how to be “holy in all our conduct” (1 Peter 1:15) we have to have instruction on what that looks like.  Peter has been giving this instruction since the second half or chapter 1.

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Power in the Blood

There is truly wonder working power in the blood of the lamb! When Christians understand this power, they are blessed and confident in their relationship with God. Without this power, we are forever lost! Consider the power available to us through the blood of Christ!

In the blood of Jesus, there is power to testify of his humanity! Jesus really was a flesh and blood man like all of us. He was tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin! He was the perfect human being and the perfect sacrifice.. Ancient false teachers tried to deny that he was ever really a man, but the blood that gushed from his side when the soldier pierced him speaks with an unmistakable voice. He was a real human being who bled like the rest of us! He understands because he was one of us!

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1 Peter 2:9, 10: We are the New Israel

1 Peter 2:9, 10 has been a favorite verse by many.  It continues the thought of Peter in regards to the New Identity that we have in Christ (read earlier post here).  In particular Peter in these two verses gives us a better understanding of what it means to be elect by God.  He does this by applying the words God originally spoke to Israel to the Christian community today.

Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; Exo 19:6  and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

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Steve Jobs and Adoption

Since the passing of Steve Jobs yesterday many sources have used the opportunity to share snippets of his life.  The best, by most accounts, is the speech Jobs gave at Stanford.  The Speech was an outline of his life into three stories.

The first story was the story of a mother giving up her child.  I’m not going to speculate on the reasons, that information might be out there, but I haven’t seen it.  But for whatever reason the mother gave him up.

He was then adopted by a family after first being rejected by another who wanted a girl. No one knows how the life of Steve Jobs could have been different if not for these two acts.

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1 Peter 2:1-8: Putting Aside and Coming To Jesus

In chapter 2 we have continuation of the discussion of conduct by Peter (read earlier comments here).  Peter starts off this chapter by telling us what we need to put off and put on.  Then Peter describes who we are.  The reason is we have to have a secure identity.  This identity drives our conduct.

Put off

Peter begins in 2:1 with a list of characteristic that need to be removed from the Christian life.  Those who have received salvation, have obeyed the truth and purified their soul, should “put-off” certain characteristics:

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