- 1 Peter 2:11-15
- 1 Pet 2:11 (KJB)
- Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war
against the soul;
- Beseech - Exhort or encourage
- Strangers - Foreigners
- Pilgrims - Sojourner or exile
- Abstain - Keep from or put distance between
- Lusts - Desire, longing or craving
- War - Serves as a soldier or serves in the army
- Peter now changes direction and teaches these believers how to remain
strong in the Lord so their testimony will not be tarnished. Peter is
imploring these believers by reminding them that they are just foreigners
and sojourners in this world and that they are to keep away from fleshly
desires which will war against their souls. There is always a spiritual
battle going on in the believerís life as the flesh still has its lustful
desires which when obeyed can derail a Christian. The lust of the flesh is
akin to a soldier in an army whose main purpose is to annihilate the enemy.
The flesh and the new born again spirit are in constant battle. The born
again soul is tied to Heaven and righteousness while the flesh is tied to
this world and its snares. This is why the Christian has so much conflict.
When a Christian obeys the flesh they sin against God, and when they obey
God their flesh cries out for satisfaction.
- 1 Pet 2:12 (KJB)
- 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.
- Conversation - Conduct or manner of life
- Honest - Honorable or respectable
- Of visitation - Inspection as in the Day of the Lord
- Peter is admonishing these Christians that they are to conduct their
lives in a manner of honor as he continues from verse 11. The Christians
have been spoken against as evil doers but Peter saying that the people can
say what they want but if their accusations have no foundation then on the
day of Judgment these accusers will be shown that they falsely accused these
people. On the other hand Peter states that these people can see their good
works which will bring glory to God on the last day. The ones who will
glorify God on the last day will be the ones who have become saved through
the good works of the Christians. The greatest good work that the Christian
can do is to bring the Gospel to the unbelievers. In the day of visitation,
God will get glory by means of praise from His people or from having His
holiness vindicated through the Judgment of the unbelievers.
- 1 Pet 2:13 (KJB)
- Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's
sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
- Submit - Be in subjection
- Ordinance - Institution or creation
- Peter is stating here that these believers must live in subjection to
the laws of the land. This way the Christians will live a peaceful life plus
they would not be able to be accused as lawbreakers unless it was through
false accusations and false accusations can be broken down. If the law of
the land contradicts Godís law, Godís law must take precedence because manís
law is derived from Godís law and not the other way around. Some years ago
there was a move in the sciences that much of the law of Moses was taken
from the Code of Hammurabi (circa 1500 B.C) but when the two are compared
there are some similarities but they are very distant in ideology.
- 1 Pet 2:14 (KJB)
- 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.
- Peter continues the thought from verse 13. Here he says that not only
are the laws of the land to be obeyed but the Christian is also to be
subject to the local laws put forth by local government. These laws could be
on a statewide basis, county or city.
(Rom 13:3 KJV) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.
Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou
shalt have praise of the same: Government is not
supposed to terrorize the people but they are supposed to be the protectors
of them. When citizens obey the laws of the land then a peaceful milieu will
exist but if there is unrest on part of the citizenry or despotism on the
part of the government, then no rest can take place until one of the
factions becomes a lawful entity.
- 1 Pet 2:15 (KJB)
- For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence
the ignorance of foolish men:
- Silence - Muzzle or tie shut
- Ignorance - Senseless or foolish
- Peter speaks of the will of God for the believer in the area of lifeís
conduct that if we show ourselves to be obedient to the laws of the land
then we will literally muzzle foolishness of the ignorant crowd who tend to
bring false accusations against the believers. Of course, we have seen this
throughout history in the Roman Empire, in communist Russia, Nazi Germany,
today in China, Vietnam, North Korea and all the Muslim countries and even
in the United States when Christian morality causes companies to halt the
promotion of Christians. Yet, no matter what situation the Christian finds
themselves in, they are to be obedient so all the accusations of the
unbelievers are false.