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1 Peter 2:9-17

1 Peter 2:9-17

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I. From sermon #1

1. The status of the recipients of 1 Peter—Christians in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Bithynia, and Asia—changed from citizens of their country to sojourners in their own land when they responded to the Gospel (1:1)

2. In this changed status as sojourners, the believers would grow in holiness progressively by being obedient to the Gospel (1:2)

3. The citizens-now-turned sojourners have a new inheritance in heaven, which is more impressive and permanent than the one they potentially had in this world (1:3-5)

II. Today’s passage

1. While they live as sojourners, their life has now a missional purpose (2:9-17)

(a) Advertisement for the Gospel (verse 11)
(b) Unbelievers glorifying God (vv. 12, 15)

III. The status-changed people must conduct their lives according to their new status, which leads to missional implications (1:13-21) (six action words)

1. Abstain from fleshly desires that work against the soul (2:11)

2. Submit voluntarily to all human authorities/institutions (vv. 13-17)

(a) A respectful attitude towards human government is a spiritual behavior (v. 13)
(b) God is sovereignly involved in the formation of governments and structures (vv. 14)

3. Treat every person equally (no discrimination on the basis of their political persuasion)
4. Promote the brotherhood of believers
5. Fear God but honor the king (Fear and honor are contrasted in which the king needs honor whereas to God alone belongs “respect”)

IV. How can believers do it because they do not have inherent ability to do it?

1. Jesus Christ modeled voluntary submission (vv. 21 you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps)

2. Christ death not only provides forgiveness but also empowers the believers to live righteously (vv. 21-25)

V. Take Away

Look at Jesus as your model to imitate in this journey

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org