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 Lords 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
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