Peter is a practical guy. He isn’t content to dwell on abstractions. Do you know what abstractions are? It’s stuff that’s theoretical, not practical. It’s stuff that’s up in the clouds, and doesn’t actually reflect reality. It’s ideas that are good ideas, but they’ll never be tested and tried by real people, in real situations.
That’s not Peter.
In 1 Peter 2:4-10, the apostle gave us some more doctrinal foundations. He did it so the real practical stuff he’s about to cover won’t make us run for the hills. He did this once before, in 1:1-12. Now, he does it again.
If you’re a Christian, you should act like one. That’s not exactly news, I know; but Peter has a larger point:
- If God took you out of Satan’s family and adopted you into His family
- If God made you alive, and made you an individual building block in the spiritual house that is His church
- If God made you a holy priest, to represent and show Him and His Son’s Good News to the people He put you around
- If He gave you this honor, and you should never, ever be ashamed of it
- If he did all this so you’d show the wonderful things God did, who called you out of the darkness and into His amazing light
- If God made you His chosen people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation – His own people
. . . then how can you not want to live Godly lives? If you don’t, then you’re failing in your mission! So, that’s the background to his command in this passage (1 Peter 2:11-12).
How do you start to “always keep far away from worldly lusts which are battling against your souls?” Well, take a listen (below) and find out how to start!
The audio is below. The teaching notes for the passage are here. All audio and teaching notes for the 1 & 2 Peter series so far are here. Feel free to contact me with any questions, or to comment below.