Pastor Patrick continues our hybrid video and huddles series going through the book of 1st Peter. Part 3 walks through the deepening call that Peter is breaking down for these church to understand. These churches are not living the luxury life that we sometimes put on them. Especially when reading about the early church. These church were going through some incredibly hard times. With persecution seemingly around every corner.
Peter first talk with them about submitting to the Lord (1 Peter 2:1-12). Then he takes it even further in verses 13-25 in chapter 2.
Peter tells them, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 ‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’ 25 For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
Peter shares the submitting beyond just in the good day times. But submitting in the worst of times. The times when you know that you are going to get hurt. Or when it is going to cost you something. This was the example that Jesus gave to us. He submitted even though He know that doing so would mean His death on the cross. But Christ also knew the gain that was going to be had by doing so.
Questions to wrestle with:
- How would you define “submission”?
- What is the reason for why we should learn to submit?
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