This Sunday we’ll be reading 1 Peter 1:22-2:3.
In this section Peter makes some strong statements about God’s truth and the word in relationship to our journey as Christ followers.
Now, it’s important to acknowledge that what we mean by the word of God and what Peter meant are not totally the same thing. Peter didn’t have a canonized New Testament, nor did he have immediate access to the Old Testament on a whim. For writers of the New Testament, the concept of the word of God meant the writings they were familiarized with from the Old Testament, and the kerygma – the apostolic proclaimation of the good news about Jesus. Now…I’m someone who believes that we don’t do damage to the original intent by inserting our present, canonized Bible into the meaning of the original writers, because I accept (by faith) that the Old Testament and the kerygma of the gospels developed into the bible we hold today. So…that’ s just my apology for extrapolation in the passage we’re going to read.
Reading about how this truth purified our lives for the purpose of showing love – what does that tell us about the priorities of the biblical revelation? What should the truth of the bible be producing in our lives…and is it?
Peter says that the word of God is living and abiding in and with us – what does that tell us about the nature of God’s word?
In chapter 2, he compares our need and intended longing to a baby craving milk (of the word…or maybe, the word lived out). What effect does Peter believe the word will have on our Christian journey?
How has the word affected you…or has it? In what ways is your life impacted by the story God reveals in Scripture?
Some stuff to ponder…hope to see you on Sunday!