We all know that we do when we see a “therefore,” we look to see what it is there for.
The previous sentence, 1 Peter 1:24 – 25 begins with “for” which suggests it supports the previous sentence, 1 Peter 1:22 – 23. That sentence begins with “since” which functions similarly to “for” but also sets up a cause and effect, since ________, therefore __________.
Look at the content of 1 Peter 1:24 – 25. Notice – well there is a lot in there, but note the last phrase of verse 23, “through the living and enduring word of God”. “Through,” is another one of those signpost words that indicates how something is done, the means to an end. In this case, our being born again, purified.
Now back to 1 Peter 2:1 – 3. Notice the last phrase of verse 2, “so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” “By,” functions as “through,” it describes the means to an end; in this case, growth in our salvation.
There is a strong connection between 1 Peter 1:22 – 25 and 1 Peter 2:1 – 3. The function of the Word of God is in focus. First, in bringing us to faith. Second, causing us to grow in that faith.
We must remember as we read and study to look past the chapter and verse divisions. If we do not, we can miss some crucial truth.