1 Peter 2 - Shut 'Em Up
There's no shortage of ignorant fools in this world. Find out the best way to silence them.
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1 Peter 2 (ESV)
1 So put away
and all deceit
and all slander.
2 Like newborn infants,
long for the pure spiritual milk,
that by it you may grow up
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him,
a living stone
rejected by men
but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
5 you yourselves
like living stones
are being built up as a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood,
to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable
through Jesus Christ.
6 For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
the honor is for you who believe,
but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”
8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.”
because they disobey the word,
as they were destined to do.
9 But you are
a chosen race,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him
who called you out of darkness
into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
I urge you
as sojourners and exiles
from the passions of the flesh,
which wage war against your soul.
12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable,
so that when they speak against you as evildoers,
see your good deeds
and glorify God on the day of visitation.
13 Be subject
for the Lord’s sake
to every human institution,
whether it be to the emperor as supreme,
14 or to governors as sent by him
to punish those who do evil
and to praise those who do good.
15 For this is the will of God,
that by doing good
you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
16 Live as people who are free,
not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,