COME TO THE TABLE

1Pet. 2:1 ¶ So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

1Pet. 2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

1Pet. 2:3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Peter is making a major appeal to Christians in this passage to consecrate themselves to the Lord. He makes quite a demand; put off malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. Next He says to long for the pure milk of the Lord that we may grow. This reminds me of the famous quote of Augustine. He said ‘command what you will but give what you command” Wow! Could that really be true? The Lord places high demands on His people but then the miracle happens; He gives what He commands. He actually lives in us and empowers us to complete our assignments.  This is how it works; the Lord places a requirement on us and then, He actually steps in to fulfill the very command that He gave to us. Peter is describing our Christian life as putting off, like a garment; malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. These are just the descriptions of what bubbles out of our lives when we are in a carnal state. When we follow Peter’s advice and feast on the word, Christ intervenes and His life flows out of us. Rather than malice we have kindness, honesty replaces deceit, genuineness replaces hypocrisy, rather than envious we are generous, and slander is replaced with lips of grace.

Peter is explaining to us the beauty, simplicity, and joy of the consecrated life. Like an infant longs for his mother’s milk, we long for the milk of the Word. It is not our obligation but our joy to drink in His word.

Peter also talked about tasting the goodness of the Lord. This analogy is another example of the natural pleasures of life that extend to our spiritual life. Eating good food is one of the pleasures of life. Each food has its own unique taste. In the same way, tasting of the goodness of the Lord is part of our daily spiritual routine. It is not a burden but our delight to come to the table of the Lord. We can easily put off the old life if we have this enjoyable replacement. Start your day off with a gospel feast, it will be a lot easier to get control of your actions and your tongue.

3 Replies to “COME TO THE TABLE”

  1. Amen! Thank for the table you provide for us and the gospel to feast on! Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.in Jesus name

  2. HALLELUJAH, THANK YOU JESUS for preparing our table. YOU ARE OUR PROVIDER/ALL, HALLELUJAH…. THANK YOU JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT for YOUR FRUIT. HALLELUJAH, HOW I LOVE YOU AND YOUR WORD/ALL/PRESENCE…. YOU ARE GLORIOUS KING OF KINGS!!!!! Beautiful….
    I LOVE YOU 3IN1!!!!!!!!

    Good morning Pastor Frank, HALLELUJAH..
    Have a blessed and FILLED DAY IN OUR KING OF KINGS JESUS…. Love you, Pastor…

  3. Galatians 5: 22-24 comes to mind.
    Since the Holy Spirit is God then it only makes sense that we must connect with God in any means to offset fulfilling our flesh. Jesus often got alone to pray to the Father and so we should follow His example. We now enjoy the advantage of the written word and freedom to gather corporately to experience God’s presence. We can connect with other Christians via cell phones and multiple devices afford us methods of creating an atmosphere to focus our attention on God. Thank You, Lord!
    I like Peter using the anology of us as infants wanting milk (food). Never knew a baby that didn’t eat multiple times a day and not just once a day or one day a week. The hunger pains press the infant to cry out till satisfied with a meal. So too, I need to recognize when my spirit man needs a good meal because I am acting out just as Peter warned not to act.

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