( I did not do this lesson as I was at the state tournament and
compiled this lesson 9 days after it was to be delivered -
this being April 3, 2007) In fact I did not do from ch. 1:22
to 2:25 - Bro. Bob Lawrence caught me up to speed.
Practice Christian Submission
I Peter 2:13-25
March 25, 2007
v. 13 - "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man"
"for the Lord's sake" - because the powers that be
are ordained of God - Christians were commonly
accused of insubordination - they must show by
their conduct that these accusations were false.
Nero was emperor when this was written - the wicked
tyrant that he was - even his power was given from above
as the Lord said of Pilate - John 19:11 - "Thou couldest have
no power at all...except it were given thee from above"
v. 14 - "For the punishment of evil-doers, and for the
praise of them that do well" - PURPOSE OF
Compare Romans 13:3-4
v. 15 - The will of God is "that with well-doing ye may
put to silence the ignorance of foolish men"
This their answer instead of self-vindication.
"put to silence" literally means "to muzzle"
Ignorance occurs in I Cor. 15:34 where it means "culpable'
self-caused ignorance - also the term "willingly ignorant"
shows up in II Peter 3:5
The word for foolish is a strong one meaning "senseless"
v. 16 - "free....liberty" - Christian freedom must show itself,
not in license, but in willing obedience to constituted
"cloak of maliciousness" - the pretence of Christian liberty
must not be made a covering, a concealment of wickedness!
v. 17 - "Honor all men" - despise no one - all men are the
handiwork of God, created after God's own image,
though sadly marred and defaced by sin.
Respect is to be shown to all men, the humblest and the
The aorist imperative seems to lay down this principle as
a sharp, definite rule, to be accepted at once, and to be
applied as the need arises, according to the circumstances
of each case.
"Love the brotherhood" - the aggregate of Christian brethren
regarded as one body in Christ.
"Fear God" - The holy fear of God is the beginning of wisdom -
"Honor the king" - the fear of God as King of kings will
lead us to give due honor to earthly princes who rule by
His controlling providence.
v. 18 - "Servants" - slavery was an unnatural institution -
in America it was called the "peculiar institution” -
in time it must disappear under the softening
influences of the gospel but Christian slaves were
to wait in faith and patience - the Bible is careful
not to use language that excites violence or
“not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward”
Servants must not make the character of their masters as
an excuse for disobedience.
v. 19 - “If a man for conscience toward God” - conscience
of God’s presence, of His will and our duties to Him!
v.20 - “But if when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it
patiently” - such conduct will bring honor to God
and to Christianity
v. 21 - "Christ...suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that ye should follow His steps"
You do not suffer alone - Christ Himself was treated as
a slave - the life of Christ is our model - “example” means
a copy set by a writing or drawing master, which was to
be exactly reproduced by the pupils.
“that ye should follow His steps” - like a guide along a
difficult route, so difficult that those who follow must
put their feet in his footprints!
Only when I look to the cross as the great act of
Christ's love, by which He gave Himself wholly for me
and bore the burden of my sin, do I receive the power
to follow Him and live as He lived.
v. 22 - “who did no sin, neither was guile found in His
mouth” - compare v. 1 for us.
Slaves were often tempted to deceit and guile - they
must look to the Lord Jesus, and strive to copy His
innocence and His truth.
Complete surrender to the will of God and meek
endurance of the enmity of men are to be our patterns.
Think how most of us regard slights, insults and injuries.
v. 23 - “... when He suffered, He threatened not but
committed Himself to Him that judgeth
The impending punishment, He left them to God -
“Father, forgive them”
vs. 21-23 - should be held up for our admiration and
Easier when free from sin, spiritual slavery and death.
Love, meekness, patience, long-suffering, submission,
self-restraint and self-denial.
Special emphasis on meekness and long-suffering.
The imitation of Christ is the lifelong practice and
discipline of every pupil and learner in the spiritual
school of God.
v. 24 - “Who His own self bare OUR SINS in His own
body on the tree”
The vicarious aspect of our Savior’s death - HE BORE
OUR SINS HIMSELF!
“Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away
the sins of the world”
Compare Matt. 8:17 Heb. 9:28 Isaiah 53:5
“that we being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness” - righteousness here is the opposite of
sin - obedience - SUBMISSION TO THE WILL OF GOD!
Motives of gratitude, devotion and love.
“by whose stripes ye are healed” - Isaiah 53:5
Remember the dreadful flagellation which the Lord
endured for you and me - the scourging.
Those stripes which the Son of God condescended to
suffer are our healing and salvation!
v. 25 - The Lord Jesus Christ is the Chief Shepherd -
the Bishop or Overseer of those souls which
He has bought with His own most precious