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1 Peter 2:1-20 "A Royal Priesthood"

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • October 10, 2009
    9:00 AM
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I want everyone and happy Sabbath and we are continuing through the first heater file with Bauer has for a worthless currently will get started father in heaven we thank you for this day we thank you for the opportunity to study her word was as now as we have the Scripture and study first Peter chapter to focus on why this is my friend uses them in so we've gone through your first chapter first here and we got into the first shoe versus of chapter philosophy that will run starting in verse one first starting this morning and first Peter chapter one is talking about being a life insurance through sanctification of the trial of our faith on the talks about being this being born again of incorruptible seed health before we are born again is like grass that winters are fades away when the trials that if we are born again were incorruptible that which is incorruptible does not fade away under the trials of this life and that's describing the morning inexperience and then were going to transition out of the chapter she which describes this as what it means to be born again and here is an example of someone who shows us how to live this lifestyle Peter chapter two starting in verse one wherefore laying aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and in reason all evil speaking as newborn babes desire the sincere milk of word is that he may grow thereby if so being he ever tasted that the Lord is gracious the first one starts off with the word wherefore which is a continuation of the previous chapter which says because you've been warning can of incorruptible seed we lay aside all malice and all guile hypocrisies in reason all evil speaking as newborn babes this last week and it's like okay so we are games in the Christian faith newly born again and yet Peter is saying at that stage we lay aside all analysis all dial hypocrisies in these and all evil speaking so in the context of this passage the very least you can say when we began our Christian walk in the morning and experience we can use the excuse will understand the favorite song still struggling because Peter sang when you were a newborn baby the way aside all evil speak out including the author for example and you can fill in the blanks with with the other examples of Peter using Artie talked about that was regards wanted to mention and it talks about how we desire the sincere milk of the word we talked about this last week that we start my drinking the milk of God 's word that when you are the refinement of Miami about thirty days Unilever 's five facets about how we go from note to strong me and only those you use me understand righteousness lysates of righteousness by faith is not something that we do scratch the surface of sale I understand that God intends for us to get deep into the word of God understand what you say so if we start with a note of the word that afternoon and we should always they are taking him no PC baby 's mouth but as adults if all were drinking is no thought for nutrition spiritually speaking a lot of us are likely to stay on no budget talk about John three sixteen every day the rest of her life and hey let's do not know what all the talk about Daniel Revelation and other important parts of Scripture yes we increasingly the basis of Christianity but we also go deeper and some people just like to say at the mill and a flight in the educational system there is a certain amount of shame and after repeating your currency a lot of us have no trouble with staying at the same level of Christian Europe we stopped growing or still in third grade spiritually and we've been Christians for twenty thirty four years and we don't mind there is a problem and an idea exactly right and center the Navy may not afraid and that was mentioned in Daniel and Revelation expand on John three sixteen John three sixteen is foundational and when we build on that foundation so that if the couple of points we talked about that last week 's first three says that we as newborn babes we desire the sincere milk of the word we rather my first races if so be the case of the Lord is gracious so when we shrank the mouth of God 's word we the Lord is gracious and if you're starting the Bible and you don't see God 's grace and there you need to go back to the basics sometimes the other foot why do some people like industry you mean they don't understand when will I get really dry becomes very dry meat is not tolerable so we need to be able to taste of the Lord is gracious and serve as an answer to the introduction and an inverse forces to him coming as unto a living staff disallowed indeed of man but chosen of God and precious so when it's the second coming adventure winnings down to is this referring to the continuation of the IDM verse three that the Lord is gracious and weak they hand the livings and peters and develop this idea is that the Lord of the winnings down he is disallowed of man movies shows and then God and freshest and Accenture saying that the warder Christ is described as being chosen of God in the area in first Peter chapter one verse two it says we are alike according to the foreknowledge of God through sanctification of the Spirit is the worldwide also means chosen is a God 's people to have the experience of salvation with specification and obedience are chosen of God or a lack in the Lord with shows and now there is always there is it the comparison is not exactly the same not saying that word God there is a comparison in the words of Christ the chosen of God and we are chosen of God as now continuing on as soon as God Christ of the Lord is a living sound shows God and precious notice verse five is the all serve just as the Lord is the winning sound shows that God peters is you also so she's sharing us and in some way since you also as wide police builds up a spiritual house and holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ so prices the living stone and we also are lively stones are waving signs and with each one of us is God 's intention to build up a spiritual house and with the spiritual house we are being described as a holy priesthood how to develop this completely I want to go to the first six races wherefore also it is contained in the Scriptures behold I went by the chief cornerstone a lack of freshness and see them believe upon him shall not be confounded and Peter he is according to Isaiah chapter twenty verse six seen so Jesus is being described as the chief corners and if you remember the story of the sample eleven though the cornerstone was initially rejected it was thought to be an unusable system that didn't fit in received May the match what they were looking for and then when they were looking for the cornerstone which is the most unfortunates down of the building it sustains the rest of the building they realized that that's done that they had rejected was actually a perfect description in the perfect match to be this and sustain itself and not an illustration of what happened of Christ from the same genus are also a pretty straightforward now it's interesting we were described as lively stones are living living stones that are going to be used to build up a spiritual house but clearly the foundation for the cornerstone is Christ that he is the foundation of the cornerstone that we are built upon so what happens if you take the cornerstone now the rest of the building will fall down eventually set without Christ if we are not built upon him as the foundation you can have all the stones that you want and it's not going to make an effective building and is a pretty obvious illustration since we are living stones were built up upon the chief cornerstone Jesus Christ now there is it Jesus also talked about this illustration in Matthew chapter twenty one turn with me to Matthew chapter twenty one were Jesus talks about this story Jesus also quotes from Isaiah chapter twenty eight starting in verse twenty forty two Jesus said under them did ye never read in the Scriptures the stone which the builders rejected the same is become the head of the corner this is the Lord 's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes therefore say I leave the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof and whosoever shall fall on the stone shall be broken but on consumer version of following drawings and the founder now this is interesting Jesus is speaking to shoot the Jewish nation and he says that I am former staff that he rejects me your kingdom will be taken away from you and in first Cedar as you see what Peter is developing he is talking to Gentiles saying it as we get later in the chapter in a few verses uses the entire path you were not a people but now you are the people of God you are a royal priesthood a chosen generation your lively sounds built on the spirit of freezer computers saying the time is time for now you Gentiles are living stones bill on the cornerstone of Christ and Christ told the Jews are you are going to be rejected in the kingdom will be given to the Gentiles so Jesus tells the view this is what can happen you now peters on the Gentiles pay you are now the chosen people of God you are the winnings and of course the illustration is Jesus as the chief cornerstone if you fall on the rock in our broken you will be one of the stones that is used to build up the house of God however if you are if you reject that the that Suzanne will fall on you and Ryan unit out so going back to first heater on check if she gets interesting that this cornerstone is described as being weighed down in Zion is the chief cornerstone and there was too are built upon him are described as being the holy priesthood of Jesus as the chief cornerstone he is our high priest and yet those who are built upon him of the cornerstone are described as a priesthood and Revelation chapter one verse six says that God has made us kings and priests unto God and his father served as those of us you choose to follow the Lord are described as kings and priests in Exodus chapter nine is seen as five and six the expand upon this idea is now therefore if you will obey my voice indeed and keep my covenant then shall you be a peculiar treasure and me above all people there is a notice for six and he shall be in the meeting 's kingdom of priests and a holy nation these are the words which social seat and of the children of Israel that what was the condition to become a kingdom of priests what was the condition here in Exodus is to obey God 's voice and keep his covenant so there was to keep God not are those who will be kings and priests to God will be women's bill upon the chief cornerstone as a nation of kings and priests what is the name not an Hebrews eight ten ten sixteen if the dog wall written into our hearts and minds of those you were obedient to follow God to have his law written in their hearts and minds are living styles of what shows in a God and they are built upon the force than that laid down in Zion and in first Corinthians three this is the last reset I will reference to this idea of Christ is the foundation is a cornerstone in first Corinthians chapter three verse eleven him for other foundation can now man way then that is laid which is Jesus Christ so here we see Jesus Christ is the foundation and notice rituals is not any man build upon this foundation silver precious would hasten double every man's work shall be made manifest for the day shall declare it because it shall be revealed by fire and the fire shall try every man's work of what sore it is now noticed that so here's your foundation of Christ is the foundation and art shores is she the way gold silver or stone wood haters club on this foundation when the day of judgment 's whatever is on that foundation is to be burned with fire and if you have gold on their gold that is tried in the fire to purify stone also on depending on the temperature a QA environment will survive obviously wood hay and stubble it burned in and it's interesting and first Cedar Peterson that the trial of your faith being more precious than gold that perishes with fire and then later on the back he says sounds laid upon the foundation and then Paul said in first Corinthians the foundation is Christ and what we weigh on the foundation depends on whatever outcome will be in the day of judgment because when the day of certain judgment comes everything will be tried with fire and if you have laid on the foundation by the grace of God that which is incorruptible we studied in chapter one the incorruptible seed your noggin wither and fade away when the heat gets turned that Antichrist is the foundation he will sustain you he will sustain you through the fiery trial the as a foundation course will not be burned it will not be negative side I like that ideas and then you go on to verse sixteen of chapter three of restraint instances now you not the year the sample of God and that the Spirit of God dwell within you if any man to file the temple of God him shall God destroy from the example of God is holy which sample ye are so Paul is saying and prescribing for weird example of God Peterson weirdness found that make up that Christ is the foundation of the temple near the stone to build a simple and Paul says we are the temple of God and what we wait foundation attends on what we are out to be and if we do file that sample when the fire comes if he were to file your enemy destroyed but if you fear pure and holy you will survive the fiery trial so based on this Scripture we studied so far God is building up a spiritual sense Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone he was rejected of men when he came here to the this earth he was crucified put to death and yet because of that she is just his sacrifice mates and perfect cornerstone because of his sacrifice because of his death she is able to be the foundation of the sustainer of all those you choose to follow and now because of the sacrifice he can take his blood and serve as our high priest and we can be a kingdom of priests to God she gets interesting the sample was way down the enzyme keep the bottom line is essential is inside you and him or services and he therefore which believe he is precious but under that much meat is obedience to establish the will this allow the same as Amanda Henneman of the corner stone of stumbling and a rock of offense even in them which somewhat the word being disobedient to wear and she also they were appointed now if we accept Jesus Christ as the chief cornerstone if we believe we will finally see his freshness if we've experienced in the experience of accepting Christ as RCA save your same way he's done for us he is doing for us in heaven Christ is very precious to the Peter thing if you reject Christ he becomes a stone of stumbling and offenses he like every time year-round Christians like now most people now now how is anything yet why would I want to be like people like them and so on and so forth for rice and his followers become a point of someone shooting you an piercing talent that happen the version nine is that you series contest is like now when I know what this downbeat someone point for us or an offensive season pieces that you are a chosen generation a royal priests and an holy nation but that steal your people that you should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light which in time past were not a people but are now the people of God which had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy since she repeaters speaking to the Gentile Christians we believe this is written about sixty six A.D. and uses like you've been chosen of God so this shows comes up several times it comes up in Chapter one one we are to be described as being a way which means Sheriff God for rice is described as being a chief cornerstone chosen of God and he's a lax we are described as being a chosen generation so God has chosen people only he is elected we are a chosen generation specifically in the immediate context this was to the Gentiles to live after the time of the death of Christ who had now been chosen of God to be his people and if they believed on him they would be his people showed a chosen generation they would be a royal priesthood a holy nation but the seal your people then they would show forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness and shoots his marvelous light now it's interesting that Peter describes those your chosen as a peculiar people the marginal reading also they purchased people are purchased for the blood of Christ and Titus chapter she verses eleven to fourteen a similar cost of the benefits earlier people is brought out this is a very famous verse that it is at this some nice context see first Peter chapter Caesar Titus check achievers at eleven thirty fourteen says for the grace of God that bring us salvation hath appeared to all men teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly was we should live soberly righteously and godly in this present world looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ to sulfur as they see my reading us from all iniquity and purify and himself to conceal your people zealous of good works so what is Christ trying to do is trying to purify himself I think he'll your people and what are these people gangs they are looking for them was a photo so who are these people that are working for the block they would be working for the second time I average us are described as being a peculiar come on you can certainly say that she was writing to your group of people that were working for the Ativan the Gentiles of the first century were not to live to see the coming of Christ in their generation and so the immediate applications in this passage is for the first century Christians especially the Gentiles but it's also to God 's peculiar people down through the ages especially those you are a peculiar people looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ that would be God 's modern day Adventist people that would be us and we are also a chosen generation a royal priesthood a holy nation a peculiar people now remember we talked about in Exodus chapter nineteen those you would be a kingdom of priests would be 's shoe followed God 's covenant and what's God 's covenant dog law written in their hearts and minds is God 's covenant people in these last days as shoe follower of God 's law are a royal priesthood so you can see the first Peter chapter two verses nine and ten has an application for us today as well and in the illustrations get more interesting as we guess we are a chosen generation a royal priesthood which means a salmon that keeping people in holy nation a peculiar people who's looking for the coming of Christ that ye should show forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light and surely the Gentiles in the first century Canada came out of darkness out of their pagan traditions to follow the light of Christianity versus and which in time past were not a people but are now the people of God which is not obtained mercy but now have obtained receipts serve the Gentiles of the first century were not in the same time path are not a people of God the Israelites were God 's chosen people but now all over all the world Gentiles all those who believe in God the people of God Senate House unless you know what somebody sitting here today are of Jewish blood in my CMS you have that heritage you could not be according to the Old Testament a chosen person of value could receive salvation you are not viewed in the chosen people and yet after the time of Christ's death all of us can be the chosen people of God said this had to be a wonderful encouragement of the gentle people that wowed me because we've accepted Christ we are the chosen people of God now there's also the interesting application to God last the people who are also a chosen generation a royal priesthood that are effeminate keeping people a fully nation the key will your machine for you are looking for the second coming of Christ according to Titus check and see if notice processes which in time past were not a people that are now the people of God is interesting he obviously some of them are not always existed they came into existence after eighteen forty four but now we are the people of God we are a feminine keeping people a royal priesthood which had not obtained mercy but now have obtained seats it's interesting that the mercy seat of God is in the most holy place and that is where Christ is seated in eighteen to not say this is the exact interpretation of first Peter she and I'm sending you can make the application that Christ went to the monthly place for the mercy seat is anything forty four where the logon is contained in the art and seven so now where the Ark of the covenant miserable lot God is God goes into the enterprise go into the most holy place by the heavenly sanctuary serene new covenant had been broken and the fourth commandment specifically with the Commandments that had been forgotten and so God raises up people a peculiar people looking for the coming of Christ to renew their covenant with God to keep all of his command and they do so while price is now in the most holy place at the mercy seat so in times past there were not a group of people before eighteen forty four that were keeping the covenant is perfectly soliciting that now after that period of time you have a group of people so you can make the application that Peter Frawley without even realizing is describing the experience of God alas they have enough people in time past were not a people that matter the people of God which is not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy we come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and grace to help in time of need prices at the mercy seat and also a place making a cabinet a new covenant with his people a peculiar people who are looking for the coming of Christ I thought that that was an interesting application so we as gods of their people Re: Royal priests it is a nation of kings and priests to keep jobs from so based on my miss on the first ten verses continuing in verse eleven peters is dearly beloved I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims abstain from fleshly lost which war against the soul so those of you who are the chosen generation a peculiar people of God abstain from fleshly lots are against the soul and the first twenty fifteen describes flawlessly was this for all that is in the world the one in the flesh the lust of the eyes and the pride of why is not of the father that is of the worlds of those three areas are very broad categories much for chaining the appetite velocity I tried it and the pride of life is a very big issue for her men and women for men like one of my accomplishment how do other people seem to have an MRI a respected person in society how good am I and boys it wasn't for me things wouldn't be happening as a slide of life mentality need to see that the in the workplace with people who are in positions of authority and so forth and him on leadership of trilobite probably comes in other ways probably in the areas of fashion dress in those things wanting to be accepted in the way that we would all die so the ride of life can be a major issue with respect to the loss of the flash and Peter saying abstain from fleshly was which war against the slow down the wealth of the eyes is like you see things that are attractive and your carnal nature want to participate in things that you had a wrong picture from a major same way I sure would feel vividly that those are foolishly was a personal one we are pursuing your people a chosen generation a royal priesthood holy we do not participate fleshly was and Peter is saying dearly beloved I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims abstain from Leslie was as interesting and Hebrews Chapter 11 Abraham Isaac Jacob and Sarah are described as strangers and pilgrims on the earth and he written eleven thirteen and a verse fourteen is a related say such things declare plainly that they seek the country so as God 's peculiar people at children's of strangers our lives should declare plainly that we are seeking a heavenly country so if we are not declaring plainly with our lives that we are seeking a heavenly country we need to re-examine our experience with God are we God 's chosen people are we living that way and I got innocently went to advocate he are you describing the experience a bank teller strangers is flaring plainly that were seeking a country will be our own lives don't declare plainly that we are committed Christians then it might be because were not really Christian on other words like if you go to work in your working with a bunch of people who are not Christian and they don't know that your Christian maybe you're not a Christian we should declare plainly by the life that we live in a winsome way is not like the other working like the on Hamid meeting so on your is your eating you haven't you read Leviticus a while the Maria back in court were not I'm not saying that were not just about our faith but we are slain the flaring that we are peculiar in a nice way and people should be able to respect and appreciate that about his thoughts on Canada absolutely right and right absolutely yeah right yeah right to are I will continue for some of the pioneers the important point is that again as we do not want to be and not just Christians or we turn people off at the same time we don't want social disguise and we are in the size or identity that people don't even know were Christians that we should be proud to be Christians in the good sense of the word in a humble and meek spirit so as to the strangers meet Sandra fleshly was which war against the soul and resources having your conversation honest among the Gentiles that where they speak against you as you believers they made by your good works which they shall behold glorify God in the day of visitation since like people if you are prejudiced against Christians may think of why they've had that experience from other Christians for example and yet when they see your experience with God while you have something different different kind of person seen before and it brings God 's glory and remain physically the next fevers as we won't finish the chapter today but in the next section will be a great section describing the new example of Christ by continuing on numbers thirteen ounces submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord say whether meeting the King is supreme for an examiner the lender then that are sent by the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of them that he worked well for some of the will of God that would well be doing anything to silence the ignorance of foolish men now what here is saying here is submit yourselves city ordinances of I have the authority over you since the practical example today is drive according to the Salima heavy and full out over and don't have a bunch of excuses residing while you know everybody else was was breaking the screen whenever I was in a very slight down the law the law here fine that's just the way it is obeying the law of the land is your child is a number he likes paying taxes I very needed in life on the nuts we we women in the country when we went on and we obey the laws that we are under pretty straightforward that the biblical principle of local counsel is to remain allies of the land that we live in whether the Chang an examiner and instead of complaining about it we don't join in with the complaining about paying taxes that we just do the will of God we well doing we silence the ignorance of foolish men verse sixteen is free and not using your liberty for a cloak of malicious method is the servants of God honor all men love the brotherhood fear God on occasion and here is Peter Skinner started transitioning to some interesting ideas were in verse seventeen Jesus feared God and of course that's reminiscent of the first Angels message Aaron God 's glory in the hour of his judgment has come and so we honor all men we love the brotherhood we honored exceedingly feared God and I finish today's class here in verses probably eighteen nineteen possibly true humanism a couple more minutes ago presaging some service be subject to your masters with all fear not only to the good and gentle but also to the fro order the if you're not there is the same for me if a man for conscience toward God and your grief suffering wrongfully from what Gloria is that if we be buffeted for your faulty shall take it patiently but if you do well and suffer for you take it patiently this is acceptable with God now is what Peter is saying is wrong UMass and you get chastised for it and you take it patiently that's just expectant like to see if you break this meeting is one enormous me my money is expected to be nice of the police officers on Leavenworth that the example is what happens when your mystery is great to talk about that Mexico geography and

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