Acting like Saints

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved, Sin, Trinity on September 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

1st Peter 2:22-2:25

Peter introduces two new important concepts: submission and doing what is right. We also learn new descriptions of Jesus, a living stone, the cornerstone, a suffering Savior, the Shepherd, and Guardian of our souls.  This relationship of the activities of Jesus relates to each other, but how do they relate to us in our situations, in our circumstances, and our daily lives?

How do we react when we are treated harshly?

How do we respond when we accused falsely?

How do we respond when we receive harsh treatment from those we love even if we are doing the right thing?

What about abuse in the sense of being unfairly used and denied just credit for doing something at work? At home? At Church?

Focusing on verse 19 of chapter two reveals a gem of the faith.

(AMP)  For one is regarded favorably (is approved, acceptable, and thankworthy) if, as in the sight of God, he endures the pain of unjust suffering.

(ASV)  For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully.

(BBE)  For it is a sign of grace if a man, desiring to do right in the eyes of God, undergoes pain as punishment for something which he has not done.

(CEV)  God will bless you, even if others treat you unfairly for being loyal to him.

(DRB)  For this is thankworthy: if, for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.

(EMTV)  For this is admirable, if because of conscience toward God someone endures pain, suffering unjustly.

(ESV)  For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

(KJVA)  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

(LITV)  For this is a grace, if because of conscience toward God anyone bears grief, suffering unjustly.

(MKJV)  For this is a grace, if for conscience toward God anyone endures grief, suffering wrongfully.

Peter is trying to illustrate the unmerited, undeserved, or unexpected favor that God has bestowed on those who have repented and believed in the personal God who is there and His son Jesus the Christ.  Peter goes to use the illustration of a slave who is not just ignored by his master but who is suffering under an unreasonable master. Residents in the USA and other parts of the free world have a hard time with this example because it doesn’t resonate to a free society. We are about abolishing slavery in corporeal sense and putting ourselves in a type of servitude to our careers, society, friends, peer groups etc.

Why should the slave respond this way?

His submission gives him a clear conscience toward God, and it finds favor with God. What the slave has received, the slave can give. What the slave gives, the slave receives.

Seeing what God has done for us through Jesus the Christ we should be in a better position and better prepared to respond in a Christ like manner to those difficult tyrants that malign and mistreat us. The biggest battle in my walk is this very area. My basic rebellious nature coupled with a sharp wit and before I slow the thought down I have caused injury to those around me. Fortunately I have better information to help me make better decisions so I won’t be ruled by my emotions.

If we are chosen by the personal God who is there, forgiven by the blood that Jesus the Christ shed, if we have repented and believed in Jesus the Christ, we have the application of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We have access to the Holy Spirit through prayer and we have a gospel that renews our minds we have the tools to cope with the very real Grace/Peace thieves in our lives.  We can act like saints-that is who we are.


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