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In his first letter, Peter writes to Christians in Asia Minor who are suffering for their faith.
He comforts them with reminders of the solid hope for salvation they enjoy because of Christ’s death and resurrection.
Challenges them to maintain the highest standards of holy living as a witness to their persecutors.
1 Peter 2:12 ESV
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
The book of peter is a list of commands to believers!
“Keep your conduct” - Conduct: behavior, way of life, one’s conduct in life.
behavior, way of life, one’s conduct in life
It points to the overall flavor of our lives.
Our conduct should be beautiful or attractive.
“Among the Gentiles” - Gentiles represent unbelievers.
“Honorable” - of moral excellence.
good (moral) adj. — of moral excellence.
The quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.
People are watching us:
At work - They way we handle things
School - Who we really are
Family members - The way we handle family
Social media
Everyday duties of life
Will I make the right decisions?
“So when they speak against you as evildoers” - New flash! people are going to always have something to say...
Christians were falsely accused of great crimes in the early church.
Pagans said that at communion Christians ate the flesh and drank the blood of a baby in a cannibalistic ritual.
They said that Christians were antisocial because they did not participate in society's immoral entertainment.
They said that Christians were atheists because they did not worship idols or the emperor.
“They may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”
Over time, it was clear that Christians were not immoral people - and it was shown by their lives.
Our lives should be marked by “good deeds” which conform to God’s Word, but which also, in a lesser sense, are viewed by even a godless culture as attractive. The world should look at the lives of Christians and admit, even if they don’t accept Christ or the Bible, that we are good people.
Our lives should be marked by “good deeds” which conform to God’s Word, but which also, in a lesser sense, are viewed by even a godless culture as attractive.
The world should look at the lives of Christians and admit, even if they don’t accept Christ or the Bible, that we are good people.
- How, then, will unbelievers glorify God in that day?
Some will be converted before that day because, they observed the good deeds of Christians whom they persecuted. Thus they will glorify God for His saving grace and for the faithfulness of His people.
Others will stand before God with every excuse for their unbelief and rebellion knocked out from under them. At that point God will be vindicated and their once-defiant knees, too, will bow and their once-proud tongues then will confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” ().
1 Peter 2:13–14 ESV
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.
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1 Peter 2:13 ESV
Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,
“Subject” “Submit” - It is a military word, meaning to put oneself under another in rank.
Submission is an attitude of respect that results in obedience to authority and positive good deeds.
Human government should promote justice - We believe they are sent by God to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.
The basic meaning of the word “submit” is “obey.” Christians must obey the laws of their government unless those laws force them to disobey God. “Kings” we can apply to federal laws; “governors” we can apply to state and local laws.
The basic meaning of the word “submit” is “obey.”
Christians must obey the laws of their government unless those laws force them to disobey God.
“Emperor” we can apply to federal laws; “governors” we can apply to state and local laws.
1 Peter 2:15 ESV
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
“For this is the will of God” - God’s word reveals his will for our lives.
Peter knows that our conduct is a way to defend the gospel.
He knows that those who never read the Bible will read our lives.
So it is by doing good that we put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Stop fighting foolishness!
Stop fighting ignorant people!
#1 Let our fight speak for us!
1 Peter 2:11 ESV
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
#2 Let our Conduct Speak for Us! (Verse 12)
#3 Let our Submission speak for us! (Verse 13)
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