Summary: Part 10 of our 1 Peter study
A Study Of 1 Peter
Open in Prayer
Today we are going to continue with our study of 1 Peter titled wayfaring Strangers
Please turn to 1 Peter chapter 2
Reading verses 13-17
13 For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, 14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.
15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. 16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love the family of believers.[a] Fear God, and respect the king. For today’s message
I have downloaded a clip from the Andy Griffith Show
So just set back and enjoy
I promise there is a point to it
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How many of you like the Andy Griffith Show?
I would live to live in a place like Mayberry
Nobody ever dies
Nobody ever gets seriously sick
All problems are solved within thirty minuets
And all of this is done with
No Judge Judy
No foul language
No explicit images
In this episode as you saw
Wanted to enforce one set of rules
And play by another
As funny as this video is
I myself at one time
Often try and do the same
We preach one set of rules and live another
The subject of “authority” is one of those sensitive issues that is often viewed with controversy or cynicism today.
The nonconformist revolution of the 1960’s
The sense of entitlement that has become prevalent in the world today
The widely publicized scandals in government
And the generalized moral degrading of our politicians
Has helped to promote a popular, even “cool” disregard or even distain for
Those in authority
Authority in general
Despite these popular worldly attitudes
Authority remains as a very important institution to God as it ever was
One that is critical for Christians to understand in order to properly relate to Him and His system of values.
The world changes
But God’s word never changes
It does not get outdated
Or evolve with the conditions of society
We are called by God
In many places in scripture
To submit to authority
This includes the authority of the elected officials
The authority of those who keep our laws
The authority of the family
The authority of the church
Even those who we allow to have authority over us, such as employers, supervisors etc.
In todays world, authority is sometimes a nasty word
It brings with it thoughts of corruption
And authority can just cause us sometimes to get our hackles up
Our Red necks to get even redder and stiffer
And apply scripture to our lives
God’s word clearly says we are to follow our leaders
Today though the words of the Apostle Peter
We will look at why we should submit to authority
In this text Peter is talking about submission
submission to authorities in government
submission to bosses
He goes on to talk about submission to family and to the church
and in context he is saying even in suffering, we are to submit to those in our lives who are placed in positions of authority over us.
When people look at Christians, they shouldn’t find those who are slandering their leaders or starting riots to overthrow government, even in the cases of injustice, such as persecution
You may be saying
You just don’t understand
Our Elected officials
Are just unfair and harsh
I need you to understand and remember from our prior teachings in 1 Peter
That Nero is on the throne
And Christians are being thrown to the lions and burned at the stake.
Killed for their beliefs
You would think that would have been just the time to fight back
But that is not what Peter teaches the Christians to do.
He tells them to submit to the unjust authorities in leadership.
In this passage, we will learn why we as Christians should submit even to unjust authorities and see how they should be known for their submission.
We will discuss some ways of standing up and helping to make changes in a way that honors God in the conclusion
Why should believers submit to the ones in authority even to unjust authorities?
Believers Should Submit to Authorities to Honor God
For the Lord’ sake submit to all human authority- whether the king as head of state or the officials he has appointed