( 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

            GOVERNMENT LEADERS

 

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

            authority.

 

"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

worst.

 

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 -

                        Proverbs 1:7

 

"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

            revolutionary outbreaks.

 

“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

            righteously”

 

The impending punishment, He left them to God  -

“Father, forgive them”

 

vs. 21-23 - should be held up for our admiration and

            imitation!

 

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

            BLOOD!