Friday, 31 March 2017
Examining what Submission means
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(The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

(1 Peter 3:1-2) .

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.

 The principle of submission in presented in many different ways in the New Testament.

None of these relations are reversed. For example, masters are never told to submit to servants, Jesus is never told to submit to the church, and so forth.

 

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Posted on 03/31/2017 9:49 AM by LarryG
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Thursday, 30 March 2017
The heart of a godly wife
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(The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

(1 Peter 3:1-2) .

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands: The godly wife will be submissive to her husband. This submission isn’t a reward for the husband’s good behavior, it is commanded by God as the proper order for the home.

 Likewise: Proper submission in the home follows the same principles of submission as towards government or our employers. It is a submission not only of the actions, but also of the heart - as demonstrated by the surrendering heart of Jesus (1 Peter 2:21-25).

...The call for submission is not merely a call for love and considerate action. It is a call to relate in submission to authority. The term submission is used outside the New Testament to describe the submission and obedience of soldiers in an army to those of superior rank. It literally means “to order under.”

....Yet, submission to authority can be totally consistent with equality in importance, dignity, and honor. Jesus was subject to both His parents and to God the Father, but was not lower than either of them. “Thus the command to wives to be subject to their husbands should never be taken to imply inferior personhood or spirituality, or lesser importance.” (Grudem)

...Of course, submission in marriage follows the same principles as submission in other spheres. We submit to God appointed authority as our obligation before God, unless that authority directs us to sin. In that case, it is right to obey God rather than men (Acts 4:19-20)

Be submissive to your own husbands: Peter carefully observes that wives are called to submit to their own husbands, not to men in general. Male headship is a principle of God for the home and the church, not for society in general.

 

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Posted on 03/30/2017 9:42 AM by LarryG
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017
The example of Jesus.
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(The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

(1 Peter 2:21-25)

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

a. Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example: Jesus is our example as someone who endured punishment unjustly. When He was reviled, Jesus did not revile in return, but in His sufferings, He committed Himself to the Father.

b. Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree: The glorious result of Jesus’ work is that He paid for our sins, and provided for our healing (by whose stripes you were healed).

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Posted on 03/21/2017 4:15 PM by LarryG
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Monday, 20 March 2017
Our relationship to our Employers
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(The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

(1 Peter 2:18-20) When we come to Jesus, we are to show proper submission to our employers.

Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

a. Servants, be submissive to your masters: The command to submit to masters isn’t just to those who work for masters who are good and gentle, but also to those who are harsh. If we must endure hardship because of our Christian standards, it is commendable before God.

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Posted on 03/20/2017 4:11 PM by LarryG
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Sunday, 19 March 2017
Proper Submission to Authority
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The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

1 Peter 2:13-17) When we come to Jesus, we are to show proper submission to the government.

Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men; as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

a. Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man: As Christians, we should be good citizens, submitting to government. This was very different groups of zealous Jews in that day who recognized no king but God and paid taxes to no one but God.

b. We do this for the Lord’s sake. Since governments have a rightful authority from God, we are bound to obey them - unless, of course, they order us to do something in contradiction to God’s law. Then, we are commanded to obey God before man (Acts 4:19).

i. Peter wrote this in the days of the Roman Empire, which was no democracy, and no special friend to Christians. Yet he still recognizes the legitimate authority of the Roman government.

c. As to those who are sent by him: Peter also insists that governors are sent by him, that is, sent by God. Governments are sent by God for the punishment of evildoers and for the recognition of those who do good.

i. God uses governing authorities as a check upon man’s sinful desires and tendencies. Governments are a useful tool in resisting the effects of man’s fallen nature.

ii. The greatest offense government can make is to fail to punish evildoers, or to reward evildoers through corruption.

d. That by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: Peter knows that our conduct is a way to defend the gospel. He knows that those who never read the Bible will read our lives, so it is by doing good that we put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

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Posted on 03/19/2017 4:05 PM by LarryG
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Saturday, 18 March 2017
 How those who have come to Jesus are to live.
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(The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

(1 Peter 2:11-12) When we come to Jesus, we are to abstain from fleshly lusts.

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

a. Abstain from fleshly lusts: We can only abstain from fleshly lusts as we live as sojourners and pilgrims, as those who recognize that this world is not their home, and that they have a home and a citizenship in heaven.

b. Which war against the soul: Peter understands that these fleshly lusts . . . war against the soul. To be a Christian means to fight against the lusts of the flesh, and the battle continues as long as we live in this flesh.

i. It is easy for us to see how the pursuit of fleshly lusts can destroy our body physically. Just ask the alcoholic dying of liver disease, or ask the sexually immoral person with AIDS or one of the 350,000 people on this earth who contracted a sexually transmitted disease in the last 24 hours. But Peter reminds us that fleshly lusts also war against the soul. Some escape disease in the physical body when they sin, but the disease and death of the inner man is a penalty that no one given over to the flesh escapes.

c. Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles: This kind of godly living makes our conduct honorable among those who don’t know God yet. Though we can expect that they will speak against you as evildoers, they can still be brought to glorify God by seeing our godly conduct.

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Posted on 03/18/2017 3:59 PM by LarryG
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Friday, 17 March 2017
The privileged place of God’s people
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(The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

(1 Peter 2:9-10)

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

a. But you are a chosen generation: The things that once exclusively belonged to Israel - their election (chosen), priesthood, and calling, are now no longer the property of Israel alone. These are now the property of every Christian, and we have them in a greater, spiritual sense.

i. We are a royal priesthood. The offices of royalty and priesthood were jealously separated in Israel, but Jesus, who is our King and Priest, has brought them together for His people.

b. His own special people: We are special because we belong to God. A museum may be filled with quite ordinary things: hats, canes, shoes, and so forth; but they are significant because they once belonged to someone famous. God takes ordinary people, and because He has taken them, they are special.

i. These same titles were applied to Israel (Exodus 19:5-6Deuteronomy 4:20Deuteronomy 7:6, and Isaiah 43:20-21). Now, in Jesus, we belong to God as His own special people.

c. Who once were not a people but are now the people of God: We once were without these privileges, and were not even a people before God. We had not seen the mercy of God, but now have obtained mercy.

i. In our culture, with its Christian foundations, we don’t understand the tremendous sense of privilege and relief that came to Gentiles as they were able to share in the New Covenant with the God of Israel. Peter’s message is nonetheless wonderful: “You didn’t used to belong, but now you belong to God and among God’s people.”

d. That you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: The purpose for these high privileges is not so we can grow proud, but so that we can proclaim the praises of Him who has done such great things for us.

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Posted on 03/17/2017 3:56 PM by LarryG
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
The glory of the Chief Cornerstone.
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(The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

(1 Peter 2:6-8)

Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

a. Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone: If we are being built into a spiritual house, there is no doubt who our Chief Cornerstone is. Even though men rejected Him, He has become the Chief Cornerstone in the work of building the church.

i. Jesus is the cornerstone of Psalms 118:1-29; the stumbling stone of Isaiah 8:1-22; the foundation stone of Isaiah 28:1-29; the supernatural stone of Daniel 2:1-49; and the rock that gave Israel water in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:4).

b. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone: Those who reject the Chief Cornerstone, refusing to build on Him, instead stumble over Him. Instead of being their salvation, Jesus becomes to them a rock of offense.

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Posted on 03/16/2017 3:51 PM by LarryG
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Coming to Jesus
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(The following is from DAVID GUZIK COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE)

(1 Peter 2:4-5)

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

a. Coming to Him as to a living stone: Peter’s picture here is that God is building a spiritual temple (a spiritual house) using living stones (Christians), those who have come to the ultimate Living Stone (Jesus).

b. This spiritual house shows that as much as Israel had a temple, Christians also have one. But the Christian’s temple is spiritual, and they themselves are the temple.

c. Chosen by God and precious: As much as Israel was chosen by God, so is the church. As much as they had a priesthood, so Christians are a holy priesthood. And as much as they have sacrifices, so Christians offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.

i. A holy priesthood: The believer is his own priest before God. He does not need any mediator except his great High Priest, Jesus. “There can no longer be an elite priesthood with claims of special access to God, or special privileges in worship or in fellowship with God.” (Grudem)

ii. Peter’s idea isn’t that God has abandoned Israel or that they have no place in His redemptive plan, but that Christianity is in no way inferior to Judaism

d. To offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ: God does the work of building (being built), but we do the job of offering sacrifices pleasing to Him, as we come to Jesus as who we are - living stones, made by Him.

i. Even a living stone cannot build something great for God as it sits all on its own. What God does in us together is important. He is building something out of us together.

ii. We can only serve as priests as we do it through Jesus Christ. In ourselves, we have no priestly authority, but only in Jesus.

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Posted on 03/15/2017 3:46 PM by LarryG
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