By His Wounds

1 Peter 2 ends with a rich little exhortation to follow the example of Christ’s trustful suffering (v. 21). For starters, we can note the word “example,” which in Greek is hupogrammos . This is a New Testament hapax legomenon , but outside the Bible it refers to a tool used to . . . . Continue Reading »

Eucharistic meditation

1 Peter 2:9: You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people chosen for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. As Pastor Sumpter has pointed out, Israel’s priests were living . . . . Continue Reading »

Roaring lions

Peter warns that Satan is a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). What does that mean? Judah is the lion tribe, and the Davidic king is a roaring lion (cf. Proverbs 19:12). The devil is a Davidic pretender, a counterfeit David. Yahweh Himself roars like a lion (Hosea 11:10; Amos 3:4, 8), so the devil also . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

Peter closes his first letter with exhortations to two generations within his churches.  He exhorts the elders who lead the church to shepherd the flock not as lords but as examples, following the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.  To the younger people, he says “submit yourselves to . . . . Continue Reading »

Eucharistic meditation

1 Peter 4:3-4: For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.  And in all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

Later in the service this morning, we will ordain two new deacons, Rick Schumaker and Brendan O’Donnell.  Both have gone through a period of apprenticeship with our two deacons, and both have been elected by the congregation. But the ordination is no mere formality.  Ordination is . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

Peter’s readers had a lot to fear, but Peter tells them not to fear.  More precisely, as Pastor Sumpter will point out in his sermon, Peter tells his readers not to “fear their fear,” not to fear as their opponents fear. In the passage that Peter quotes, Isaiah warns Israel not . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

The Bible devotes a surprising amount of attention to vessels – plates, forks, bowls, pots, pans, and snuffers.  One long and repetitive chapter of Numbers describes a 12-day procession during which leaders from each tribe bring forward animals, grain, and incense for the tabernacle . . . . Continue Reading »

Weaker vessels

Peter describes women as “weaker vessels” (1 Pet 3:7).  That sounds like an insult.  Is it? First, vessels in Scripture are almost always temple vessels, implements of temple worship.  Hebrew 9:21 is one of the NT passages that uses the word in this specific sense. . . . . Continue Reading »

Exhortation

“Abstain from fleshly lusts,” Peter says in this morning’s sermon text, “which war against the soul.” It sounds as if Peter is saying that our bodies are evil, but that’s not what he means. Later in the letter, Peter warns us to put aside the flesh and the “lusts . . . . Continue Reading »