PUT OFF AND GET THE MILK
FIRST PETER 2:1
Therefore (oun)- Why therefore? (Always pause to ponder the passage and ask “What’s it ‘there for’?”) Clearly we must go to the previous chapter for the answer (Notice how this discipline forces you to establish the context).
What is the main subject of chapter 1? Clearly the new birth, so that most would say that this term of conclusion takes us back to the details of the conversion of the readers(first mentioned in 1Pe 1:3) and then reiterated in (1Pe 1:22). And what is Peter talking about in 1Peter 2:1? Sins. In fact a “sin list!”
This living and enduring Word of God saved us (the first time – justification), and is the same “seed” that God uses to sanctify us and make us holy (Jn 17:17, Jn 17:17NLT), growing us in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2Pe 3:18). And that “Word” in this verse calls for us to lay aside the sins which Peter lists. Now that we are born again, we have the power to carry out this instruction, because God’s Spirit of holiness indwells us and enables us to obey. Glory to God!
SIN IN THE LIFE DESTROYS
‘SENSITIVITY TO’ THE SCRIPTURE
The Christian who tries to find satisfaction in the husks of the world, has no appetite left for the holy things of God. A heart filled with the former has no room for the latter. As oil does not mix with water, so too holy does not mix with profane.
A healthy infant is a hungry infant.
A spiritually healthy Christian is a hungry Christian.
1Peter 1:1-2 are very important verses. To a large degree, they explain the pervasive problem of why so many professed “Christians” have no or at best little desire for the pure milk of the Word.
PUTTING ASIDE: Apothemenoi oun:
(1Pe 4:2:Isaiah 2:20; 30:22; Ezek 18:31,32; Col 3:5, Col 3:6, 7, 8 Heb 12:1; Jas 5:9)
Eph 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay asidethe old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ep 4:23, 24
Eph 4:25 Therefore, laying aside , SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE of you, WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.
Putting off (659) (apotithemi from apo= away from, marker of dissociation, implying a rupture from a former association, separation, departure, cessation, any separation of one thing from another by which the union or fellowship of the two is destroyed + tithemi= place, put) means literally to put or take something away from its normal location and put it out of the way. Luke uses it literally to describe the laying aside of robes in Acts 7:58.
The verb is in the form of a participle which in the context of this verse conveys an imperative force(sense of a command – ). The idea is that in view of the fact that divine life has been imparted to the believer (all through 1 Peter chapter one we have this wonderful truth explained), it is imperative that he or she “put away once for all” (aorist tense conveys the idea of effective action) any and all of the sins listed that might be in one’s life. We are adjured to throw these off like a filthy, soiled garments, loathsome to touch, (spiritually) “noxious to the nose” (of God).
How’s your spiritual appetite?
Are you hungry for the pure milk of the word?
If your appetite for God’s Word is a bit “dulled”, it may be you are “wearing” some “dirty clothes” of malice or envy or slander, etc. Peter says take them off and throw them away.
Remember the old Scottish preacher’s wise saying
Sin will keep you from the Bible
The Bible will keep you from sin
All (pas) means all with no “exception clauses”. “All manner of” (Henry Alford).
Malice (2549) (kakia ) describes wickedness which comes from within a person. It refers wickedness of every kind, but especially having it in for someone.
What advantage is it to wear this mask?
A person may in the sight of men act this part well, but we know there is an Eye that sees through this, and a Hand that, if we will not take the mask off, will pull it off to our shame, either here in the sight of men or on the appointed day when all hypocrites will be unveiled and be seen for what they are before men and angels….
AND ALL GUILE: kai panta dolon
:(1Pe 2:22; 1Pe 3:10; Ps 32:2; Ps 34:13; Jn 1:47; 1Th 2:3- Re 14:5- ) (deceit in Torrey’s Topic)
Guile (1388) (dolos delo= to bait) literally refers to a fishhook, trap, or trick all of which are various forms of deception. Is a deliberate attempt to mislead, trick, snare or “bait” (baiting the trap in attempt to “catch” the unwary victim) other people by telling lies. It is a desire to gain advantage or preserve position by deceiving others, to get the better of another by cunning and deception. A modern term in advertising is called “bait and switch” where the unwary consumer is lured in by what looks like an price too good to be true!
is the selfish, “two-faced” attitude that deceives and hurts others for personal gain.
AND HYPOCRISY: kai hupokriseis:
(Job 36:13; Mt 7:5Mt 15:7; 23:28; 24:51; Mk 12:15; Lk 6:42; 11:44; 12:1; Jas 3:17)
And hypocrisy – In the Greek it is actually in the plural so more literally “hypocrisies”. The preceding two negative traits are in the singular and the following two are also in the plural (“envyings”, “slanders”). Notice how this wrong behavior dovetails with the previous attitudes – if we are guilty of malice and guile, we will try to hide it and this hiding who we really are inside produces ghypocrisy
AND ENVY: kai phthonous:
• (1Sa 18:8,9; Ps 37:1; ; Pr 3:31; 14:30; 24:1,19, Ro 1:29; Ro 1:3:13; 1Cor 3:2,3; 2Cor 12:20, Gal 5:21-26-Js 3:14,16; 4:5)
Spurgeon…“And envies.” We must lay them all aside, all envies of men because they are richer, or more gifted, or more highly esteemed than we are. Let us not envy anybody, for envy eats a man’s own heart out and slays him, as Eliphaz said to Job “Envy slayeth the silly one.”… All hatred of those who are either better or better off than you are. (1Peter 2 Commentary )
Envy (5355) (phthonos )
describes pain felt and malignity conceived at the sight of excellence or happiness. It means not just wanting what another person has, but also resenting that person for having it. It is an attitude of ill-will and jealousy that leads to division and strife and even murder. When we envy, we cannot bear to see the prosperity of others, because we ourselves feel continually wretched. Envy begins with desire to possess what another has but merges into resentful discontent.
・ AND ALL SLANDER: kai pasas katalalias:
• (1Pe 4:4; Ep 4:31; Col 3:8e; 1Ti 3:11; Titus 2:3; Jas 4:11) (Torrey’s Topic “Slander”) Jas 4:11
All slander – Not just the “worst” but “all!”
The final sin we are called upon to strip off is making derogatory, defaming, disparagingstatements about others. Clearly, God expects us to focus on the good in our fellow men and not on their bad. (Cp 2Cor 12:20, Ep 4:31-, Jas 4:11, Ps 101:5[