Third in a series of studies in 1 Peter 2:1-5
“If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:3).
Having just admonished his readers to take in the milk of the word so they can grow, Peter continues the metaphor by describing the action they took to be in such a position: they “tasted” the graciousness of the Lord; that is, they obeyed Him.
The word “if” does not suggest doubt: it describes a condition they have met. The word “since” provides more clarity here—they have fulfilled the conditions necessary to be in a relationship with God.
“Tasted” means to “partake of,” and “gracious” refers to God’s goodness and His benevolence. Those who come to the Lord in obedience have come to realize His goodness and to appreciate His benevolent Spirit.
Every person has the invitation to experience the Lord’s benevolence in giving His Son to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Those who reach a full awareness of this great gift are the ones who truly “taste that the Lord is gracious.”