CBCC 5/3/2020

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“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Henry Morton Stanley

“I am ready to go anywhere, provided it be forward.”

Dr. David Livingstone

1 Peter 2:1-3

Verse 1 – Peter says rid yourself of…

Malice

Malice has the idea of desiring to harm someone else, it is the desire to inflict pain, harm or injury to another person. It includes holding grudges and acting out these grudges. In James 1:21 the same word is translated wickedness…

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.

James 1:21

Deceit

This term literally referring to “bait” or a “fishhook.” It carries with it the thought of dishonesty, falsehood, and treachery. It speaks to the act of having an ulterior motive. Anything less than speaking the full and honest truth from the heart, is deceit. Luke used this same term in Acts 13:10 when Paul rebukes a magician…

“You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”

Acts 13:10

Hypocrisy

Originally this word hypocrisy identified an actor who wore a mask. It is someone who acts out a part concealing their true motives. It refers to spiritual insincerity and pretense. It describes someone that is not genuine or consistent with what one really believes or says he believes. In other words, someone who’s life does not back up their words. Jesus was referring to this when He said…

“So you, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

Matthew 23:28

Envy

Envy, is when you want what other people have, you want that car, that promotion, those accolades, but it is even more than that. Envy describes the attitude of those who resent others’ prosperity, you actually get upset when you see or hear about the success of others. Paul said, we used to be like this before we were saved…

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

Titus 3:3

Slander of every kind

Peter uses a word that characterizes a person that likes to whisper and tell tales behind someone’s back, such as being involved in gossip and backbiting. It literally means “to speak against someone.” It is character assassination; it is an intentional all-out assault on someone’s character or reputation. Paul addresses this very thing at the church in Corinth…

For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.

2 Corinthians 12:20

Verse 2 –

Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

Jeremiah 15:16

“It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Matthew 4:4

For God is my witness, how I long (crave) for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:8

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Proverbs 23:7

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Hebrews 5:11-14

Verse 3 –

Now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:3

Thought to Go: “When it comes to molding ourselves into what we want to be, we don’t have to work blindly. We study the Bible like a mirror, discover what we should be, and then prayerfully seek to shape ourselves into the image that God desires.” David Jeremiah