9 days to go, I can’t believe it. Today we are all in 1 Peter – please read 2:4-25, chapters 3 and 4, and finally 5:1-11. Let’s do a little word study today – my Strong’s concordance is a favorite reference tool! Come and back and let’s visit!
In the King James version, the word “precious” in 1 Peter 2:4 and 2:7 caught my eye:
“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious” 1 Peter 2:4
“Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious” 1 Peter 2:7
In 2:4, “precious” refers to us. Strongs #1784: held in honor or prized. You are held in honor by God, prized by Him. How powerful. How humbling, really.
In 2:7, “precious” refers to Jesus. Strongs #5092: honor by reason or rank or office, value of price paid, highest degree of honor.
We are precious because we are chosen. Jesus is precious because of His sacrifice. Our believing and trusting in Him makes Him more precious in our sight. “Value of price paid” – let that sink in for a moment. If your value is determined by the price paid for you, just imagine: the Blood of Christ paid that price! What could be more precious?
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” 1 Peter 2:11-12
You cannot be victorious in battle while there is an inner struggle going on in your soul. To put it bluntly: we need a different level of character to be victorious at a different level of battle.
I relate 2:24 to Isaiah 53:5 – another place where a simple word is important: did you notice the change in tense? In the OT, Isaiah says “by His stripes we are healed”. In 1 Peter, Paul quotes it was “by His stripes we were healed.” I love that. By the time Paul wrote it, the prophecy had been fulfilled by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our healing was done, it is available to us now: we were healed by Jesus’ sacrifice. It is finished.
I highlighted 2:21 and 4:7 too – I’ve just already written too long today!