1 So rid yourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisies, jealousies and all damaging talk, 😇.
2 Like newborn babies, crave and thirst for the pure [spiritual] milk of YAH's Word. [Scripture] makes you grow, 😇.
3 😇, you've had a taste of how gracious Master [Yahshua] is. ‘Taste and see Adonai is good.’
4 😇, come [join with]Yahshua, the Living Cornerstone [of YAH's temple]: Yahshua, rejected, [broken and killed] by men, but precious, chosen by YHVH.
YAH's True Temple Is Us Believers
5*Like [Yahshua], you [true believers] are living stones. [YAH] is building you [all] up into a spiritual ‘temple.’ You are a holy priesthood. [Yahshua ordains] you to offer up spiritual ‘sacrifices’ [which YAH can] accept, [not because you or your gift impress YAH, but because you've joined up with his] Messiah (Yahshua).
6[Yahshua is who Isaiah 28:16 talks about:]“Look, 😇! In Zion I, [YAH,] lay a Chief Cornerstone. [He is my] chosen, precious [one]. Whoever [bases his life on Yahshua] never [stays permanently] put to shame.”
7 Therefore, 😇, to you [true] believers, Yahshua[shines] precious. But to [the humiliating, enraging shame of] disobedient [fools, Yahshua,] (the ‘stone’ which [corrupt] builders [continue to] reject) has become the ‘Corner-Stone’ [in YAH's living ‘temple’]. The most important stone of all.—(Psalm 118:22)
8Yahshua, [YAH's] ‘cornerstone,’ is the [ultimate] ‘Rock.’ Disobedient humans stumble and trip over him. [They destroy themselves by] refusing to obey YAH's Word. Falling has been the [unbelievers'] destiny from the beginning [of time], 😇. The world-system rages in open rebellion to King YAH and his crown Prince.
Believers Are A Holy Nation, Not A ‘Church’
9*But you [believers] are a chosen lineage, a royal priesthood, a Holy Nation, a people-group [Yahshua] purchased to proclaim the praises of YHVH, who calls you, 😇, out of darkness into His marvelous light. Your national identity must be of the Kingdom Of Heaven, not the fleshly nation of the people surrounding you. (The United States, for example.) Your complete allegiance, your citizenship, belongs only to YAH. See the Holy Nation Song.
10[We believers] once were not a ‘people.’ But we, 😇, are now the people of Elohim. [We lived in deep lack of] mercy. But finally we've obtained [YAH's] compassion. True believers are a sacred (separatist) people, a holy nation.
11*Dearly beloved 😇, I urge you as alien [strangers] sojourning [temporarily in this evil world]: abstain from fleshly lusts. [Sins] war against [your] soul.
12 The Beast-Nationals slanderously call you [Christians] ‘evildoers.’ Still, behave honestly among them, 😇. That way, on the Day [of] Inspection, the [Beast-People] will remember your good works. [They'll] glorify [YHVH] the Eloah.
Cooperate With Everyone If YAH's Law Permits
13*Follow Master [Yahshua's example. To the extent allowed by His commands,] behave submissively to every human being & institution, 😇, as long as [what they order you to do agrees] with the supreme sovereign [YHVH]. The Greek word ‘Ktisis’, so scandalously rendered ‘Ordinance’ by translators on the payroll of ‘King’ James, means ‘creature / foundation.’
This verse means to be submissive toward your fellow man. Never be aggressive nor bossy.
Yet don't do everything a worldly power says. Go along with mans' customs, like driving on the normal side of the road and letting others pass in front of you.
The disciples to whom this was written were dealing with feelings of rage and anger because their brothers and family members were being robbed, persecuted and murdered by religious and governmental powers. (See 1Pe 1:7.)
Peter is telling the disciples not to retaliate, but to try to live at peace with everyone, including Christian-killing soldiers and police officers. Our persecutors are not our real enemies.
Our enemies are the spiritual forces which control worldly powers. (See Eph 6.)
Yahshua is the Supreme human King.
14 😇, humbly cooperate with governors and their servants. [A true governor is] someone sent by a king to:
and to praise people who do right.
Heed street signs. Cooperate with riot-control troops. Try not to cause trouble for police whom governors send to keep order.
Unfortunately, the world's ‘justice’ systems are often rackets run by criminals.
You must refuse to follow evil orders of people who turn justice upside down, persecuting believers for obeying YAH's commands. Those people are not real governors, but impostors. I and my fellow military leaders were committing the actions of war criminals. If we'd lost the war, we'd have been executed.—Robert McNamara, U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaking of his military career from 1940-1970, specifically the satanic U.S. firebombing of 69 Japanese cities.
War criminals are not true rulers. They're genocidal murderers. You can't blindly obey tyrants while following Christ. Is this not obvious?
15[Reasonable and patient cooperation with worldly governments] is [YHVH] the Eloah's will for you, 😇. So by doing good you can silence the ignorant [mouths] of foolish men. Foolish men say that Yahshua's disciples are mindless insurgents who rebel against all lawful authority.
Silence the fools' talk by being rational, orderly, peaceful. Resist the urge to fight with police and local officials. Pray for them. Bring them yummy food. Love your enemy government.
16*As the [dedicated] servants of Elohim, stay independent [from all worldly legal binding, 😇]. Yet never use your independence to cloak maliciousness. To stay independent, you must never swear any oath nor pledge any allegiance nor make any contract with the world.
Don't be malicious. Never claim that our freedom under the sovereign authority of the Kingdom of heaven allows us to do bad things or to behave disorderly or to interfere with the rational operation of local governments. Too many people claim freedom just so they won't have to share with their neighbors nor pay taxes.
17*Honor everyone, 😇. Love the brotherhood. Fear [YHVH] the Eloah. Honor [Yahshua] the King. Definitely, the King spoken of here is the King Of Kings. It shows how un-spiritual people are in their thinking when they try to make this verse into political propaganda to support incumbent liars and mass-murderers in office.
Honor Anyone Who Holds Authority Over You
18 Servants [debtors/prisoners/slaves/employees], be subject to your masters [bosses/creditors] with complete respect; not only to good and gentle masters [bosses/creditors] but also to perverse ones. The employment / debt / servant / contract relationship dilutes the sovereignty of YHVH in your life. So, as quickly as possible, lawfully [and respectfully] free yourself from all legal obligations. Then never become bound in any way in the future.
Suffer For Doing Good, Not For Doing Evil
19*For it's commendable, 😇, when a man endures grief, suffering wrongfully, because he wants to obey Elohim.
20* 😇, if you get beat up for doing wrong, take your beating patiently. Don't expect sympathy. Just getting the punishment you deserve gets you zero bragging rights. Do good and patiently suffer for it. Then Elohim will praise you.
21*[YAH] calls you, 😇, to endure torment for doing good, because our Messiah also suffered for us. He left us a [painful] example. You should follow in Yahshua's [torturous] footsteps. To the extent possible, Yahshua got along with people. But when the time was right, he refused to even speak to worldly leaders, let alone obey them.
The Messiah Suffered For Doing Good
22Yahshua committed zero sins, 😇. No deceit ever lived in Yahshua's mouth. (Isaiah 53:9) Yahshua didn't even lust at the sight of any of the thousands of beautiful ladies who would have given him their bodies at his slightest wink.
23*People [and demons] hurled insults at Yahshua. Yet Yahshua returned only loving truth. People [and demons] abused Yahshua with extremely heinous brutality. They tortured [him] to [slow, excruciating] death, 😇! Yet Yahshua never threatened them. Rather, Yahshua committed himself to YHVH who judges righteously.