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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #10
Posted: October 18, 2006

I PETER 2:11-15

We continue our study of I Peter where we find the God of all suffering.  This week we are going to study I Peter 2:11-14 which says, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation, honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake; whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men

In verse 12 we have the key when Peter speaks of ‘An Honest Conversation’.  The word ‘conversation’ speaks not of our talk but our walk.  In this portion of scripture we are told how we are ‘To Walk With Him’ in a time of suffering.

In verse 11 we are given ‘An Admonition To Walk’.  There are ‘Treasures Of Admonition’.  He calls the believer ‘dearly beloved’.  This means those of the same spiritual womb.  It carries the idea of a loved love one.  One to whom there is strong attachment to in both the heart and the head.  We are also given ‘Titles Of Adoption’ about our walk.  Peter calls ‘strangers and pilgrims’ those who walk with the Lord.  The word ‘stranger’ is an alien who dwells in a foreign land.  A ‘pilgrim’ is one who is just passing through this land.  Paul tells us our citizenship is in heaven.

We also see ‘The Truth Of Admonition’.  Peter says he ‘beseeches’ us meaning to call near for the purpose of admonition.  Peter is warning us that we are at ‘war’.  He begs us to ‘abstain’ (To hold oneself back from, to refrain from) any form of ‘fleshly lust’.  It is a longing for forbidden animal like and unregenerate control actions. 

In verse 12 we are told about ‘Avenues To Walk’.  We see in this text ‘An Honest Avenue’.  Peter says ‘walk honest before the Gentiles’.  The word ‘honest’ means in a virtuous manner or to be real and genuine.  Peter also mentions ‘A Humbling Avenue’.  The world will speak evil of us but let us in humility return good for evil.  Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father.  There is also an ‘Honoring Avenue’.  It may be they will see our good works and prepare for the day of His coming; that they too may glorify Him on that day.

In verse 13-15 we see ‘The Authority Of Our Walk’.  We see first of all ‘The Authority Of Submission’.  The word, ‘submit’, means to place beneath, to subordinate, or to get under, or to obey.  We are to submit to every ordinance.  The word ‘ordinance’ is an established rule or law.  If the rules and laws do not call us to deny God or compromise our walk with Him, we must bow to those ordinances.  We also see ‘The Authority For His Sake’.  We must live obedient lives for Him, for His will.  We must seek to please Him in all we do.  Paul said, “For whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God

The last thing Peter deals with is ‘The Authority Of Silence’.  When our walk pleases the Lord, Peter says we will silence the world.  The word ‘silence’ means to muzzle.  Who will be muzzled?  One group is the ‘ignorant’. (Vs. 15)  The word means no knowledge of God, spiritual or eternal things.  We also will muzzle the ‘foolish’.  This word refers to the mindless, stupid, and unbelieving.

How can we know when our walk is pleasing to Him?  How can we know when we have a proper relationship with Him and not just a religious experience?

It will be when the chorus of this song is a blessed reality to you and I:
And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known