Taste And Tell
In want to read some and narrate some from 1st Peter chapter 1, then let verse 9 be our focus.
(Note: the audio version will vary some from the transcript.)
1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Notice it says how we should long to drink spiritual things if we have tasted that the Lord is good.
I will probably never know if I like certain things in the food chain. I don’t recall tasting cottage cheese, cauliflower or buttermilk… maybe I did as a child but don’t remember. Oysters, snake, rat, armadillo… My brother Jon is braver than anyone I know in this category and will try just about anything.
If you have tasted the goodness of God in Jesus… If he has shown you what it means that he is good news for your sin… If he has opened your eyes to see him as beautiful and the greatest treasure in the Universe above and beyond every treasure the world has to offer… than why would you not crave the spiritual milk found in his word?
Do you hold your nose and swallow Gods word or is it good? Do you savor it and say Awwww this is amazing!
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 to God 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.”
7 So 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.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
Verses 4-8 talk about Jesus as the living cornerstone… All we believe is built on him… and we are like live stones… And its true… we are alive in Christ… And Jesus who died for us was raised up and we will be raised as he was… But we are alive now and in this life have victory over spiritual death or separation from Gods fellowship….
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
There are some great things God has given us and Peter mentions some right here. God chose us before the foundation of the world. He made us royal priests… a holy nation… a people he treasures not because of our goodness but because he chose to do so.
The Father chose us to be a bride for his Son and he gave us to him. But we had become tainted with sin. We were not as a virgin bride but evil, self serving and vile. But Jesus went to the Cross to purify us…
Ephesians 5:25 Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, …27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
For all who would delight in him as their Groom. Jesus took the wages of our sin and he gives us his righteousness. Now we are all those things verse 9 says. Chosen, Royal Priest’s, Holy, a people for his own possession… we are a beautiful bride for Jesus… We are a good and perfect gift from the Father to the son because we have been given the righteousness of Jesus.
Peter began this chapter talking about how we are to repent of all our old goals of self centeredness… Remember he said: "put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.”. Then the 2nd part of verse 9 gives us our new mission: that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Father please show us more of your glory. May we always be turning away from the old man mission and share your glory with every Nation. How you are the greatest treasure in the Universe...
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.