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COMMENDABLE CONDUCT--ESPECIALLY SUBMISSION TO EVERY APPROPRIATE HUMAN AUTHORITY--IS THE ONLY ANSWER TO PERSECUTION AND THE BEST WAY TO GLORIFY GOD (2:11-3:12)

A. Introduction (2:11-13a)

1. Commendable Conduct Viewed Negatively (:11)

a. Description of Such Conduct ("lusts of the flesh")

b. Reasons for Such Conduct

(1) Our Privileged Relationship -- "Beloved"

(2) Our Pilgrim Residency here on this earth

"as strangers and sojourners"

(3) Our Personal Protection -- "which wage war against the soul"

2. Commendable Conduct Viewed Positively (:12)

a. Description of Such Conduct--"excellent behavior; good deeds"

b. Reasons for Such Conduct

(1) Our Fishbowl Environment -- "among the Gentiles"

"as they observe them"

(2) Our Maligned Reputation -- "in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers"

(3) Our Unselfish Objective -- that they might "glorify God in the day of visitation"

3. The Essence of Commendable Conduct is Submission to Every Appropriate Human Authority (:13a)

a. Description of Such Conduct

b. Reason for Such Conduct -- "for the Lord's sake"


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