Summary: 2 of 4. Peter confirmed the importance of Christians operating within the bounds of secular governance. Christian submission is indissolubly linked/tied to secular governance. But how or in what way? Christian governance & government addresses...
‘For The LORD’S SAKE’—1Peter 2:13—3:12
A. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-GOVERNMENT--II—1Peter 2:13-17
So far in our study of 1Peter we have examined the fact that
Christians are...CONSIDERED ALIEN(1:1-2)...
We’ve examined...WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD—(1:3-12)
Discovered God’s means of...UNLEASHING Your SPIRITUAL VITALITY/Vigor—(1:13-21)
And we’ve found the importance of LOVING THE BRETHREN(1:22—2:12).
Now we are going to see how those truths play into the scheme of SUBMISSION...the give-&-take of relationships in our world.
And particularly, the role Submission plays in the Christian’s relationship with government.
After the presidential election last week(Nov. 8, 2016), there were protest marches in some of the larger US Cities. They were disappointed with the election results...so they complained about it. Who does that? Eerily, there are many people who absolutely have to have their way so that they cannot take it when they do not get what they want.
It’s unnerving to me that there are people who are held by such emotionally driven fear, that they literally feel their lives are hanging in the balance because of a new president. Oddly enough, such people blindly assume they are at odds with the president & his agenda before he even gets into office to prove himself!
BUT, Americans don’t have to stage a revolt to oust some ‘wind-up’ blood-thirsty fascist dictator who has wrongly assumed control. A peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes America the most blessed & uniquely independent nation on earth! We are a country of the people & by the people...even though we not see things eye-to-eye. That’s the beauty of individually population-based elections. That’s the beauty of representative government.
Coddled & indulged people whine & belly-ache, threatening to leave the country because their hope is seated in human government rather than in the God who has ordained the order arising from said governance.
More pointedly, such people need to realize that their ‘genuine’ salvation has always been before them. The bottom line is that their genuine hope, rescue, & peace is found in Christ Jesus alone!
Americans indeed have a love-hate relationship with government.
Peter maintained & pressed the importance of Christians operating within the bounds of secular governance
Christian submission is indissolubly linked/tied to secular governance.
How do Christians properly relate to secular governance & vice-versa?
6 facets of Christian governance.
We’ve found previously that Christian governance & Government addresses...
1. The SUBMISSION To/Of GOVERNANCE(:13a-c)
2— Christian governance & Government also addresses...
The REACH of GOVERNANCE(:13d-14a)
Explanation:(:13d-14a)At every level/As a whole/Fullness/Entirety
2:13d—“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme,”
2:14a—“or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers & for the praise of those who do good.”