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THE SUFFERER'S EXAMPLE (5 of 6)
I Peter 2:18-23
January 27, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Nearly half of the Roman Empire were
slaves in the first century. The word for "servants"
in v.18 speaks of household slaves. These verses are
equally applicable to circumstances in which men are
responsible to others. This could include employer-
employee, magistrate-citizen, etc.
The Apostle Peter has wonderful truth to share in the
context of suffering, that as we live godly lives, and
submit in times of suffering, we are following
Christ's example and becoming more like Him. We
submit and obey, not only for the sake of lost souls
and for the Lord's sake, but also for our own sake
that we might grow spiritually and become more like
The unsaved world is watching us, but the Shepherd in
heaven is also watching over us; so we have nothing to
fear. We can submit to Him and know that He will work
everything together for our good and His glory.
I. THE CHRISTIAN'S SUFFERING. 18-20
A. THE CHALLENGE. 18
Sometimes a Christian employee may be wronged by an
unbelieving employer or supervisor. Verse 18 refers
to him as "harsh" (froward) men, crooked, tortuous,
wicked, but always implies unreasonable.
The human tendency is to fight back and to demand our
rights. The Bible says we are to do much more than
that. Anybody can fight back; it takes a Spirit-
filled Christian to submit and let God fight his
Romans 12:16-21, "Be of the same mind toward one
another. Do not set your mind on high things, but
associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own
opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for
good things in the sight of all men. If it is
possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably
with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but
rather give place to wrath; for it is written,
"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
Therefore "If your ene ...
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