Chapter Three – The True Grace of God Calls for Priorities as Strangers in this World (1 Peter 2:11-12)

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak of you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:11-12)

A number of specific details indicate that this is a new section. First of all, the Apostle pauses to call his readers “beloved” or “loved ones.” It is almost as if he hasn’t taken a breath since the initial greeting in chapter one. He has covered a lot of ground dealing with the priorities of these people who are special to the Lord. But now, he enters into a section of practical instruction that deals with the various responsibilities of living in this world. So, he lets them know of his love for them. These are his beloved ones that he cares for deeply.


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