1 Peter 2:11-25
Peter reminds believers of the need to be responsible citizens and to respect the authority of governmental leaders. Also, he clearly articulates the role of Christians in the world.
Believers Should Never Be Afraid of Standing up for Truth: v. 11-12
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
1. We must exert an influence on our world.
2. We must recognize our dual citizenship.
If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
Believers Should Be a Daily Reflection of God’s Goodness: vv. 12-15
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover‑up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
18Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. 20But 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. 21To 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.
23When 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. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1. Submit to God. v. 16
2. Respect governmental leadership. v. 17
Christians are often quick to criticize political leaders but slow to pray for them.
H. B. London, Jr.