Facing the Flak
I. Is God a Cosmic Killjoy?
II. The Crucial First Step(Salvation)
III. The Fizzies Principle(Filling of the HS)
IV. The Priority of Purity(Sanctification)
V. Silencing the Critics(Submission)
VI. Facing the Flak( Suffering)
13 Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;
-(v.13) Peter starts this section of scripture with a question:
Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?
-What is he essentially asking? Doing the right things usually leads to good, not suffering.
-(v.14) Peter then introduces an exception clause: “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness” Peter then talks about those times that it seems like we suffer more for doing the right things. It seems as if our life is attracting conflict.
What does Peter tells us about when we suffer for righteousness sake?
“your are blessed”
Why would Peter call us “blessed” when we are being attacked?
-When we suffer for our testimony God our life becomes a HD flatscreen television for the world.
-(v.14) “And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled
Peter mentions two things to “not” to do what are they?
a. Be intimidated
b. Be Troubled
NKJV But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”
troubled-agitate or stir up
-Peter is acknowledging that in this world, their will be people that intentionally trouble(agitate) you because of your testimony. A lot of times these people will have secular authority over your life. They have the abilities to make your life hard. It could be a Spouse, it could be an unsaved parent, it could be your boss at work.
Where did Peter get this teaching from??
a. His Teacher
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
What is the key qualifier in this scripture? and how does this teaching align with Peter’s teaching on Suffering?
-“because of me”
b. His Teacher’s life experiences
c. His own life experiences
-(v.15) Peter says that during these times people will wonder about your faith. They will wonder about your faith. They will wonder how you are able to withstand persecution and not (v.9) “not return evil for evil or insult for insult” Look at what Peter says they will want to know: “give an account for the hope that is in you”
Why will they want to know about your hope?
Answer:Hope for the Christian is not based on chance, but a settled trust that my God has my future in his hands.
-During that time People were used to seeing people fold under the pressure of the Roman Government. When they wanted something they bribed, forced, or intimidated people to submit. The Christian was to remain resolute even if it meant losing their life. They were not to cave in, be bribed, nor quit in the face of extreme adversity.
-And the only thing that could cause this type of behavior is “Hope” of something outside of themselves to cause this type of perseverance.
Peter says we must always be ready to give a defense why would he say this?
Answer: That word “defense” means to give testimony in front of a tribunal.
And where do we see this at in Peter life??
13 But others were mocking and saying, “They are full of sweet wine.” 14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to my words. 15 “For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day;
1 As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, 2 being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand. 5 On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6 and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. 7 When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, 9 if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 “He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” 13 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. 15 But when they had ordered them to leave the Council, they began to confer with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 “But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.” 18 And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21 When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened; 22 for the man was more than forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.
What’s different about Peter in this story than when he denied Christ?
Tell me some key points about these scriptures?
-(v.16) Peter in this text gives us some clues as to what kind of persecution that the Christians are experiences “ostracism” the persecution as not yet reached physical. They are being talked about and threatened.
-(v.17) Now we get to see the heart of “God” in this text
What does Peter say is the will of God in this text?
-Answer: That you suffer for doing the what is right.
-Conclusion: We are starting to put the picture together yall
It is God’s will that you:
be saved, be Spirit-Filled, Be sanctified, Be Submission, and you be suffering.
-You are starting to see that God has told us his will in the Word