1 Peter 2:11

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 1 Peter 2:11

Peter now uses a word of close personal affection which is used by every author of an epistle – Paul (in all but three of his epistles), the author of Hebrews, James, Peter, John, and Jude. It is most commonly used by Paul, but Peter uses it eight times in his two small epistles. It is translated as “beloved.” In its highest sense, it signifies divinely-loved. In his second epistle, Peter will use the term of Paul.

Here, he uses it to begin an exhortation unto holy living, starting with, “I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims.” The word translated as sojourners signifies an alien. It is seen only four times in Acts, Ephesians, and now here for the last time. It signifies a temporary dweller, especially a foreigner.

The word translated as pilgrims is similar. It was used by Peter in his opening words, and now he uses it here as its last use in Scripture. It signifies someone who resides in a strange country. It is someone who is simply passing through.

As this is the state of believers, Peter notes that they should not get caught up in the ways of those who are a part of this system, and so he says for believers to “abstain from fleshly lusts.”

The idea is that a person who is a foreigner in a strange land will not take part in the customs of those around him because he has no affiliation with them. The true home of the believer is with Christ. We have been redeemed out of this world, and therefore our conduct here is to be reflective not of what we have been redeemed out of, but that of the place where we are redeemed to. The Lord is holy, and we are to be holy. To follow after the lusts of the flesh is to not pursue holiness.

Peter then finishes with, “which war against the soul.” Vincent’s Word Studies notes, “The compound pronoun denotes a class, of that kind which, classifying all fleshly desires in one category.” Peter’s words are all-inclusive. Anything which is fleshly and which wars against the soul of the believer is to be abstained from.

The idea of the “soul” of the believer is one that is renewed by the Spirit, and it is no longer to be aligned with the fallen things of the world. As we have been renewed by the Spirit, our lives should reflect that higher spiritual attitude. But Paul, writing about this, notes how hard that is. In Romans 7, he said –

“I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:21-25

After saying this, he closes out Romans 7:25 with –

“So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Through reliance on Christ, believers are delivered from the “body of death” which wars against us. Peter now admonishes believers to abstain from anything which would cause this war of the soul to rise up in us.

Life application: If both Peter and Paul acknowledged that these things exist around us, then it is obvious that they had the same war in their own souls. Such is true with all people. In other words, being an apostle, preacher, minister, or missionary does not make one immune. We all have a responsibility to not get entangled in these things, and it is something we all struggle with. When you slip and fail, confess and turn back. Jesus is merciful and forgiving.

Lord God, we must acknowledge that we have the very war in our own souls that the writers of the New Testament speak of. The world pulls one way, even as our hearts tell us to resist such things. Certainly, we fail You often, and we simply cannot walk this path alone. Instead, we need You with us each step of the way. Strengthen us, and give us the ability to win this war – to Your glory! Amen.

9 thoughts on “1 Peter 2:11

  • Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 7:14 am

    “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psa. 5:3) 1)

    morning – rise and praise; 2) daily – walk and talk; 3) evening – lay and pray; and 4) always – read the word and apply what you have heard. ~Charlie

  • Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 7:18 am

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! How the world looks for excuses to be unkind , chief among them money and position or station in life if you please. Drugs, government, the guy who cut you off, the monopoly game that is the world system,,,whatever the thing is , it’s an excuse . Wars are not won with excuses, CHRIST has taken ours away. We should take advantage. I know I need to more. Bless you all!

  • Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Good Morning Church Family
    For the past 3 weeks I have been suffering with pains, nausea, discomfort in my abdomen and it has seriously affected my ability to carry out normal duties. I have seen 2 different doctors and done blood tests, ultrasound, and now this morning I have been sent to do an X-ray. None of these 2 doctors know what is wrong and I continue to be ill every day. I am asking for your prayers for healing and for God to reveal to the doctors what is wrong. The flesh is really warring against me at this time.But is comforting to know that I am just a sojourner and a pilgrim here and one day we will reach our true destination.
    Thank you all so very much.

    • Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 9:47 am

      Well put Shane, so glad to have you here each morning along with all the others too

    • Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 11:02 am

      You shall have my prayers Ruth. I am very sorry to read this. God bless you.


  • Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 9:44 am

    We will pray Ruth. We have grown to love and appreciate you immensely. God bless and heal and lift your spirit today.

  • Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Our prayers for healing are going out to you Ruth! The lord will bless you with his healing touch and guide your doctors down the the right path to diagnos your problem. S Lewis your right on Target for all of us Amen. Mary appreciate your daily reminder of how we should start, go through and end our day. Simple truths but Easley over looked as we go through the trials and tribulations of just living InThis evil world. Dans the man with love and prayers for us all 🙂

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

  • Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 7:35 am

    agreeing with all prayers being offer up for you ruth . may the LORD JESUS THE GREAT JEHOVAH RAPHA heal your body and giver the doctors wisdom .


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