Strangers In The Night by James Merritt

I PETER 2:11-17
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
JAMES MERRITT

INTRODUCTION

1. THE APOSTLE PETER WAS VERY FOND OF USING METAPHORS
IN DESCRIBING PEOPLE WHO LOVED THE LORD JESUS.
FOR EXAMPLE: IN VERSE 5 OF THIS CHAPTER HE DESCRIBE
GOD'S PEOPLE AS STONES. THAT IS THEY ARE TO BE
PEOPLE WHO ARE ROCK HARD FOR GOD. THEN IN VERSE
11 HE DESCRIBES US AS SOLDIERS OR HE SAYS IN VERSE
11 THAT WE ARE TO ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUST WHICH
WAGE WAR AGAINST THE SOUL. THAT IS WE ARE NOT ONLY
TO BE STONES THAT STAND FIRM FOR GOD. WE ARE TO BE
SOLDIERS WHO FIGHT FOR GOD. THEN IN VERSE 16 HE
SAYS THAT WE ARE FRVAULL. AND, HE SAYS THAT WE
ARE TO BE SERVANTS WHO LIVE FOR GOD. BUT, PETER'S
FAVORITE ANALOGY IS THAT OF DESCRIBING US AS STRANGE
WHO WALK WITH GOD. HE SAYS IN VERSE 11, "BELOVED
I URGE YOU AS ALIENS AND STRANGERS TO ABSTAIN FROM
FLESHLY LUST." HE SAYS IN VERSE 1 OF CHAPTER 1,
"PETER AN APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST TO THOSE WHO RESID
AS STRANGERS.

2 . BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THAT WE ARE STRANGERS
IN DAR FOR HE SAYS IN CHAPTER 2 VERSE 9, THAT
WE ARE TO PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCY OF ILIM WHO HAS
CALLED US OUT OF DARKNESS OR NIGHT INTO HIS MARVELOU
LIGHT. YOU SEE SPIRITUALLY THE WORLD IS IN DARKNESS
PAUL SAID IN:

I THESSALONIANS 5:5 "1FOR YOU ARE ALL SONS OF
LIGHT AND SONS OF DAY. YOU ARE NOT OF NIGHT OR OF
DARKNESS.

THAT IS WE ARE AS CHRISTIANS STRANGERS IN THE
NIGHT. AND BECAUSE WE ARE STRANGERS IN A FOREIGN
LAND AND BECAUSE WE ARE LIGHTS WALKING IN THE MIDDLE
OF DARKNESS, IT IS ONLY NATURAL TO EXPECT THAT WE,
AS GOD'S PEOPLE, ARE GOING TO BE SEVFPFIY CHARTFNNFN
AND CRITICIZED AND OPPOSED BY THIS WORLD AND PETER
SAYS IN VERSE 12 OF CHAPTER D: THAT THEY ARE
INDEED BEING SLANDERED AS EVIL DOERS.

3 . FOLKS, FROM THE VERY MOMENT THAT CHRIST DIED
AND THE CHURCH WAS BORN THE CHURCH HAS ALWAYS BEEN
IN HOT WATER WITH THE WORLD. HE EARLY CHRISTIANS
WERE ACCUSED OF CANNISALISM WHEN THEY SAID THAT
THEY ATE THE BOD AND THE BLOOD OF THE LORD JESUS
CHRIST IN ...


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