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Submission is Good, Part I - by Michael Phillips
1 Peter - Part 7
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1 Peter 2:13-25
Sep 28, 2014 am - What kind of life should the Christian live? If you read 1 Peter all the way through, you'd find several ways to answer the question. Peter wants us to live in love, to live obediently, faithfully, zealously, bravely, patiently, and in the fear of God. All of these qualities are right on the surface of his First Epistle, and ought to be taken to heart by everyone who reads it. As important as these qualities are to living the Christian life, his key word may well be something else. In the middle part of his book, 2:13-3:8 (and in 5:5) , Peter emphasizes another Christian virtue, a way of life no easier to live back then than it is now. The word I'm thinking of is... Submissiveness. In 2:14, he tells us to submit ourselves to the rulers of our government; in 2:18, he orders servants to be submissive to their own masters; in 3:1, he urges wives to submit to their husbands; in 5:5, he counsels younger people to submit to their elders. The word, submit, does not appear in 3:7,8, but I very much agree with the commentator, Ed Clowney, who says it is implied in both, meaning that--in a sense--husbands are to be submissive to their wives and every Christian, as far as he can, is to ... More >>>


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