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“Fear God. Honor the King” (1 Pet 2:11-3:12)
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Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. (vs13-17)

Live so that others know God, “as free, not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants to God” (vs11-17). Do not live for yourself or this world, but as strangers and pilgrims, as people who are passing through, lay aside fleshly lusts for self-glory, and submit to God’s way, so that OTHERS can be saved. He says, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.” It is our great privilege and life’s ambition to be here for others and to live selflessly. We subject ourselves to governments, so that others can be drawn to the Savior. We are not seeking this world as our reward, but we’re here to save others from destruction. We live godly, and He uses our conduct to soften hearts and point others in His direction. It is not too much that He asks! We live by His free grace, and He gives meaning and direction to our lives. We are not using the gospel to excuse as sinful, rebellious life; it is our access to God, our acceptance, and it is how we live to save others.

Secondly, we are not to fear submission (1 Pet 2:18-3:6). We read, “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh… Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear”. The servant obeys the boss, so that he can win his soul and the other employees. He honors God, even when the boss is wrong because he’s more concerned about honoring God than his own will and comfort. Likewise, the wife submits to the husband because she fears God more than she fears her husband abusing his authority. We read, “For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.” She trusts that God will find her submission beautiful and reward it (1 Pet 3:4).

We walk as commanded, because godly wives show by their actions that He is worthy and able. Servants who endure harsh treatment show that they are RELYING upon someone else for a greater reward. Many will think you foolish, and you will often feel on a tight rope, but NO ONE has ever fallen trusting Him. No one has EVER done it God’s way and regretted it ultimately.

Finally, we get God’s blessings by treating people right (1 Pet 3:7-3:12). He says, “For ‘He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil”. Our enemies hate us, but we love them sincerely, and God blesses us with favor. The husband loves the wife, treating her as a treasure, God’s gift, and his equal. We read, “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered”. He loves her, or he can’t pray, and God blesses his care with internal peace and access to heaven. Sinners mock and ridicule us mercilessly, but God uses it to give us a blessing while He turns His face against them. He is our rewarder, and while the world goes eye for an eye, you and I go to Christ and get grace. While ungodly wives rebel against their husbands, God’s women maintain silence, trust the Invisible, and they wait on God in reverence. Employees suffer wrongfully but submissively because you’re living for more than a promotion.

The Christian’s beauty is within. We are changed by grace, and submitted to God. I’ve actually seen peoples faces change under the gospel, as they become obedient to it, as if they’re face is FINALLY in the right order and position. God’s glory shines upon them and submission gives a beauty to their spirit. Yes, you bring blessings upon yourself, as you bring Christ unto others.

Heshimu Colar Heshimu Colar

Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...

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