STOPPING THE MOUTHS OF THE CRITICS
I Peter 2:11-20
"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims,
abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your
conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak
against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they
shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves
to every ordiance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the
king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by
him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that
do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put
to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your
liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God,
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the
good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy,
if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully,
For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye
shall take it patiently? but if when ye do well, and suffer for it
ye take it paitently, this is acceptable with God."
Now at this point in Simon Peter's discussion he changes the
subject. He comes to deal with now the matter of Christian behaviour.
Simon Peter says to us in these verses it is very important how you
live because the world is watchinq. The greatest recommendation for
Christianity is a real christian. Every Christian is an advertisement
for Christianity whether good or whether bad. I was reading some
words of Alexander McLaren a great preacher many years ago. And here
is what he says I want you to listen to. "The world takes its notions
of God, most of all, from people who say they belong to God's family,
They read us a great deal more than they read the bible. They see
us, they only hear about Jesus Christ. Then I rea ...
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