“Fear God. Honour the king.”

1 Peter 2:13-25

1 Peter 2:13, 14

True religion is always the friend of order, as well as of liberty. The gospel is no doctrine of anarchy, and the Christian is no fomenter of strife,

1 Peter 2:13, 14

Civil government is necessary for the well-being of mankind, and those who delight in the law of the Lord are among the last to wish to see its power weakened, or its executive despised. We had sooner suffer wrong, than see our country the prey of lawless mobs.

1 Peter 2:15

Men are ready enough to speak against our holy faith, and in Peter’s day the charge was laid against Christians that they were the enemies of social order; the habitual obedience of Christians to the laws of the countries in which they were scattered was the most conclusive answer to the calumny.

1 Peter 2:16

Believers are the freest of men, but they know the difference between liberty and license. As servants of the Lord, they submit for peace sake to man’s laws which do not contradict God’s law, because their Great Lawgiver so commands.

1 Peter 2:17

This is quite as much our duty as to honour the king. Manhood deserves honour,—not wealth, dress, rank, and so on, but man, as our own flesh and blood; for however poor or obscure a man may be, he is a man for all that, and as such must not be treated as if he were a beast.

1 Peter 2:17

Four precepts which are meant to balance one another. There should be a blending of them all in our lives.

1 Peter 2:17

fear or respect

1 Peter 2:19, 20

Ordinary people can do that, but Christians are extraordinary men, and must rise to the highest style of virtue;

1 Peter 2:19, 20

but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. Many will say, “If I had deserved it, I should not have cared about it.” But it is evident that were we guilty we ought to care all the more. If we are wise, we shall feel that if we do not deserve a rebuke, we can bear it patiently, and thank God for the grace which enables us to rejoice amidst it all.

1 Peter 2:23

What an example! May the Holy Spirit enable us to imitate it. He was the paragon of patience, the mirror of endurance. He was absolutely perfect, and yet was infinitely a sufferer, but he never complained, or resented wrong. Master of Patience, teach thy disciples.

1 Peter 2:25

Let us then follow our Shepherd wherever he leads the way. Especially in the paths of sacred patience and forbearance, let us walk in close attendance upon him. For this we need thy grace, O Spirit of love!

 

My dear Redeemer and my Lord,

I read my duty in thy word;

But in thy life the law appears

Drawn out in living characters.

 

Such was thy truth, and such thy zeal,

Such deference to thy Father’s will,

Such love, and meekness so divine,

I would transcribe and make them mine.

 

Be thou my pattern; make me bear

More of thy gracious image here;

Then God, the Judge, shall own my name

Amongst the followers of the Lamb.

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