“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2: 16)
Peter has always been one of my favorite people in the Bible, so I’m looking forward to studying 1 Peter 2!
Peter lived with Jesus for three years, watching Him, listening to Him, learning from Him, and after making more than his share of mistakes, and claiming he didn’t even know Jesus, God still used him to lead His church.
We’re going to start our study of 1 Peter 2 by spending a few days in Chapter 1. We’re going to copy that chapter, a few verses at a time, do some marking, and get a basic overview of what Peter tells his readers at the beginning of his letter.
Then we’ll move on to Chapter 2, noting how Peter tells us we should live as strangers in this world.
He’ll urge us to submit to the authorities God has placed over us. These are commands he was giving to Christians who were going to be ruthlessly persecuted by the emperor Nero. They – and we — are instructed to honor everyone, even cruel and unjust leaders.
We are told we should follow in the steps of Jesus, who suffered for us and left us an example. We should expect to suffer for doing good. If Jesus suffered, His followers are going to suffer, too. He’s left us an example – not reviling, not threatening, but trusting God who judges justly.
These are tough words that aren’t easy to obey.
Let’s dig in and let the Holy Spirit teach us and prepare us for whatever God has in store for us in the future.
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