Friday, March 30, 2012

1 Peter 1-5 A Peculiar People

A Peculiar People, A Royal Priesthood

    • Chosen generation – By embracing the new Gospel, the house if Israel is now a “new Israel”, chosen and purchased by the Lord through the Atonement.
    • Royal priesthood – not a congregation of lay members, with a minister at the head, but an entire Church in which every man is his own minister, in which every man stands as a king in his own right, reigning over his own family-kingdom.
    • Holy nation – A kingdom of priests, a “new Israel”
    • Peculiar people – Peculiar = peculium meaning private property, the footnote f indicates purchased or preserved; Hebrew segulah meaning special possession or property A people that has been purchased through Christ shedding his blood.

The price of becoming a "peculiar" people:

We are "redeemed with precious blood. " (1 Peter 1:18-19) Christ was precious…as a lamb without blemish.

Christ suffered temptations, pain, hunger, thirst, fatigue, more than man can suffer, blood cometh from every pore, anguish (Mos 3:7-8)

Our Redeemer suffered death in the flesh, suffered the pain of all men, that we might repent and come unto him. (D&C 18:11)

Principles to help us remain God’s peculiar people (1Peter 1:13–25; 2:1–17; 3:10–11; 4:8; 5:6–8)

    • Gird up the loins of your mind
    • Be sober
    • Hope to the end for grace
    • Be obedient
    • Be holy in conversation
    • Call on the Father – pray
    • Believe in God, have faith in God
    • Unfeigned love of brethren, love one another with a pure heart
    • Be born again through the word of God
    • Lay aside malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, evil speaking
    • Desire the sincere milk of the word—true doctrine
    • Build upon a spiritual house, spiritual sacrifice
    • Praise God
    • Abstain from fleshly lusts
    • Honest conversations, good works
    • Submit to ordinances—put to silence the ignorance of evil men
    • Be an example of a servant of God
    • Honor all men, love brotherhood, fear God, Honor Christ
    • Refrain the tongue, speak no guile
    • Eschew –Abstain from, shun, avoid—evil
    • Do good, seek peace, ensue –follow eagerly—peace
    • Have fervent charity
    • Be humble
    • Cast your cares upon the Lord,
    • Be sober, be vigilant

Proclamation to the World and 1 Peter 3:1-12 regarding husbands and wives:

      1. Wives maintain a meek and quiet spirit (?) ;) (Oh dear! Maybe that will be my goal for the week, maybe not!)
      2. Husbands honor the wife
      3. Be of one mind, have compassion one of another, love one another, be tenderhearted, compassionate, and be courteous

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