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Summary: Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of what it means to be strong.

Christ The Strong

(I Peter 2:18-25)

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The passage in I Peter deals with slavery, but it rabbit trails toward the sufferings of Christ.

Main idea: Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of what it means to be strong.

TS ------------- > The tough challenges we must meet to be a godly Christian are also challenges we must meet to be good fathers.

I. The Challenge to BEAR Up As Christ Did (18-23a)

A. Christ a HERO to be emulated

B. Context: SLAVERY

1. "The living conditions of many slaves were better than those of free men who often

slept in the streets of the city or lived in very cheap rooms. There is considerable

evidence to suggest that the slaves lived within the confines of their master’s house.

They usually lived on the top floor of their owner’s city house or country villa (Cil.

Phil. 2.67; Colum. Rust. 1.63). In Pliny’s Laurentian villa the quarters for the slaves

and freedmen were in [a] separate section of the house, but were considered attractive

enough to be used for the entertainment of overnight guests (Plin. Ep. 2.17.22).

The slave was not inferior to the free men of similar skills in regard to food and

clothing. That most slaves in Rome were as well dressed as free men is indicated in an

unusual way. Seneca stated that legislation was introduced in the Senate that slaves

should be required to wear a type of clothing that would distinguish them from free

men (Sen. de Clementia 1.24.1)." From Hendriksen, I Peter.

2. I Timothy 1 demonstrates that slavery was considered evil: "8We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me."

3. Although being an honest, hardworking, and respectful employee is a good way for us to implement some of these principles, it is really not the same.

C. Bearing Up Under INJUSTICE (19)

We are not talking about matters of self-defense, but rather when we abused by a corrupt but legal system.

Such suffering makes us conscious of God. How?

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil

against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in

heaven. [Matt. 5:11–12]

John 15:20, " Remember the words I spoke to you: ’No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

D. The MIMETIC sufferings of Christ (21)

1. Part of our calling includes SUFFERING

The Greek word translated "example" (hypogrammon) refers to a writing

or drawing that someone placed under another sheet of paper so he or she

could trace on the upper sheet.100 (Dr. Thomas L. Constable)

Christ’s death was an example, but not only an example. Christ set the pattern, but he provides atonement for our sins and new life so that we can follow the pattern.

2. Suffering is part of FELLOWSHIPPING with Christ

"There is also a mimetic aspect to the sufferings of Christ. Peter tells us that Christ in His passion left us an example to follow in His steps (I Pet.2:21).

The Bible makes it clear, however, that pain and suffering are not to be sought after for their own sake. That would indicate a psychologically perverted, masochistic mind-set which is the very antithesis of the Christian mind. Thus, Jesus could ask God in the garden of Gethsemane to take away the cup of suffering, thus displaying not just His humanness but His psychological robustness. In the will of God, however, Christ and His followers can be expected to meet with suffering and even rejoice in it as they engage the dominion of Satan in spiritual warfare" Ravi Zacharias (www.rzimindia.org/html/TFT/0014.html).

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