Posts from June 2019

Posts from June 2019

Instructions to Household Slaves – 1 Peter 2:18-20

Household slaves, submit to your masters with all reverence not only to the good and gentle ones but also to the cruel. For it brings favor if, because of a consciousness of God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if when you do wrong and are beaten, you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it, this brings favor with God. (1 Peter 2:18-20) Pastor John’s Notes: Many…

Honor the Emperor. – 1 Peter 2:17

Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:17) Pastor John’s Notes: Peter instructed the church to honor the Roman emperor, but this must have been difficult for the early Christians to hear on many levels. Remember, it was the Romans who crucified Jesus Christ. The Roman government was oppressive and immoral. The emperor at the time of Peter’s writing was Nero, a young egomaniac who, soon after Peter’s writing blamed the Christians for…

Fear God – 1 Peter 2:17

Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:17) Pastor John’s Notes: We don’t talk much these days about the fear of God. This phrase has been almost entirely eradicated from common speech and thought. We are happy to amplify every idea of God as loving and forgiving but seldom speak of God as being worthy of our respect and obedience, let alone a God to be feared. Some people have suggested that the…

Love the Brothers and Sisters – 1 Peter 2:17

Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:16-17) Pastor John’s Notes: As followers of Jesus Christ, there is a special love we should have for one another. This kinship in Christ can become deeper than family ties. For those whose families are regularly filled with mutual love and kindness, the kinship of the family of God is a wonderful amplification of brother and sisterly love. For those whose family relations are continually strained,…

Honor Everyone – 1 Peter 2:17

Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:17) Pastor John’s Notes: Peter’s simple command to “honor everyone” enables us to recognize that every human being is made in the image of God, and therefore, everyone is worthy of respect. American society has become polarized because we are engaged in a culture war. Two different versions of what American society should look like are attempting to occupy the same space. People at the poles…

Don’t Abuse Your Freedom – 1 Peter 2:16

Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. (1 Peter 2:16) Pastor John’s Notes: In the early church, some people misunderstood their new freedom in Christ and began to believe that because the grace of Christ covered their sin, that they were now free to continue in sin.  Here is a silly limerick that expresses this sentiment: Freed from the Law, Oh happy condition! I can sin as I please, and…

Submit to Authority – 1 Peter 2:13-15

Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor as the supreme authority or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. (1 Peter 2:13-15) Pastor John’s Notes: In the first century, Christians were thought of as a danger to Roman society because…

Conduct Yourselves Honorably – 1 Peter 2:12

Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits. (1 Peter 2:12) Pastor John’s Notes: The manner of our living is as important as the words that we speak. In fact, the way we live speaks louder than our words. People need to see the difference it makes in following Jesus, before they will commit themselves to investigate further, and…

A War Against our Soul – 1 Peter 2:11

Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:11) Pastor John’s Notes: The soul is our inner life. The soul was created to be a beautiful place, a house of the Holy Spirit where we might have communion with God. But the world in which we live is a fallen world, and we are a fallen people. Having been separated from God, the inner spiritual connection…

A People for God’s Possession – 1 Peter 2:6-10

For it stands in Scripture: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and honored cornerstone, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame. So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving, “The stone that the builders rejected—this one has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone to stumble over, and a rock to trip over.” They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destined for this. But you are…
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