THE CHRISTIAN AS A PILGRIM
I Peter 2:13-21
Our consideration at hand follows the last writing. It is a
counsel concerning our walk among men;and our conduct con-
cerning governments. In general,mankind is a rebel. At an ear-
ly age all must learn of parental authority. Age brings them to
the school age; they must learn of another authority. When they
age more, they learn of the authority over drivers of vehicles.
In dating, and mating, there are more rules to observe.
The Christian individual, as referred to in our text, has the
indwelling Holy Spirit and the Word as a guide in order to have
proper acceptance with the Lord and peace among men.(wow,
what a long sentence this turned out to be !).
Peter is moved to write: "Submit yourselves,..." vs.13. He
urges saints to do it: "...for the Lord's sake", 11. The thoughtful
find that it helps us to take the bitter pill, some times.We should
remember we represent the Lord here on earth, at the present
time. Vs. 13 says, in so many words: obey the authority,vss.13
Sometimes it not easy, sometimes it seem unfair,but "sub
mit", for His sake. For this is the will of God, 15a.
Vss.15-16 says we do it "as a servant of God." We must
ever be aware that we represent Christ in the earth, during our
sojourn here 'below'. (keep our eyes on the fact we will in time
be 'up there').
Vs.17 is a concise fourfold summary of the matter under
discussion. Vs.19 speaks of "suffering wrongfully".Take it pat-
iently. Vs.20 sums it up well. DDH