[ “If we try to build unity in the church on the basis of our first birth, we will fail; but if we build unity on the basis of the new birth, we will succeed.” ]
[ “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…” ESV Past perfect tense – completed work. Obedience – compliance, submission. “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.” “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law…” ]
The Enduring Word
[ “…for a sincere love of the brethren…” Sincere – literally, not hypocritical. Love – GR philadelphia. Brotherly love because of our common second birth. ]
[ “…love…” Love – GR agapao. Agape love because of our differences. ]
[ Jesus sweating drops of blood – sacrificial, intense. Fervently – to stretch out the hand. ]
[ Long – intensely desire. ]
[ Putting aside – stripping off soiled garments. ]
[ Wickedness. Nourishes antagonism, builds up grudges, and secretly hopes that revenge, harm, or tragedy will happen to another. ]
[ Falsifies income tax returns, cheats on exams, lies about age, bribes officials, and pulls shady deals in business. Can’t serve God and wealth. ]
[ Pretends to be happily married when his home is a battlefield; spiritual on Sundays but as carnal as a goat on weekdays; pretends interest in others but his motives are selfish. ]
[ Literally, speaking against. ]
[ “…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…” Word – GR logikos, pertaining to reason or logic; logical. Long – intensely desire. Mentioned 42 times in Psalm 119 alone. Plus, statutes and commandments. ]
HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED BECAUSE OF YOUR SALVATION?
Wiersbe, Warren W. The Bible Exposition Commentary. "An exposition of the New Testament comprising the entire 'BE' series"--Jkt., 1 Pe 1:22. Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1996, c1989.