“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Submission to Rulers and Masters

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Submission to Rulers and Masters”, 1Peter 2:13) Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake:  whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.  15) For so is the Will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  16) As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  17) Honour (or Esteem) all men.  Love the brotherhood.  Fear God.  Honour the king.  18) Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the forward.  19) For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  20) For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?  but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  21) For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:  22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:  23) Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously:  24) Who His Own Self bare our sins in His Own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  Hebrews 13:20.  Amen.

Quest Study Bible – v13-17, Do we always have to submit?  Peter states a principle not a rigid law.  He, himself modeled one exception to this principle when the authorities told him to stop speaking about Jesus.  “We must obey God, rather than men,” Peter insisted, Acts 5:29; also see Acts 4:19-20.  In similar cases we should submit, not to human authorities, but to God’s Word and Spirit:  Also see Titus 3:1-2.  v22-25, Read about the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53:5-11.  v24, Why call the cross a tree?  Through the ages people have made public spectacles of the executions of criminals.  Often their bodies were displayed on wooden gallows, poles or even trees.  The Old Testament speaks of this shame, which hints at Christ’s Death on the cross:  Anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse (Deuteronomy 21:22-23).  The difference is that the executed criminal bears his own condemnation or curse, whereas Jesus takes our condemnation.  v24, What healing comes from Jesus?  Some believe that Christ’s Death provides physical healing.  Others believe that while God can indeed heal sick bodies, the purpose of Christ’s Death was solely to provide healing from the sickness of sin.  Amen.

v18-21, Why doesn’t the Bible condemn slavery?  Why didn’t Peter tell masters to set their slaves free?  Why did he instruct slaves to submit?  Part of the answer can be found in Peter’s focus.  He wanted first to give his readers a Christian perspective–a way to live in an imperfect society where righteous people were persecuted.  Peter didn’t endorse the system, but he admitted its realities. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v13-17, A Christian conversation must be honest. Christians must endeavor in all relations, to behave aright, that they do not make their liberty a cloak or covering for any wickedness, or for the neglect of duty; but they must remember that they are servants of God.</p

More to come and God Bless You.

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