This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Savior Like No Other, given on June 11, 2017.
As Christians living in a world marked by sin, we may suffer at the hands of those in authority who seek to take advantage of us through their position. This can occur through circumstances at our work place or in dealing with the civil authorities. But the gospel gives us hope. Our hope doesn’t come through resistance or uprising however. In this passage, Peter, being led by the Holy Spirit, pastors us by encouraging us with Christ’s example as we seek to please God in a culture tainted by injustice.
Read 1 Peter 2:18-25
In vv. 18-20, Peter highlights two ways we can respond that glorify God.
- When you experience difficult and unjust circumstances that are outside your control, what two ways does Peter counsel you to respond?
- How does this response differ from the way an unbeliever would respond?
Consider vv. 21-23. Peter’s counsel was based on Christ’s example.
- What empowered Christ’s willingness to graciously endure suffering that motivates our response as well?
Meditate on vv. 24-25. Peter’s foundation for our faith-filled response is the gospel.
- Contemplate Christ’s sacrifice for you along with the recognition that your heavenly Father’s gaze is upon you.
- Write out a prayer of thankfulness. Seek to express gratitude for the fact that, though we face problems like injustice in this life (Jn. 16:33), ultimate justice is secured for us in Jesus Christ. The tyranny of sin/injustice no longer reigns over us!
[post written by Tyson Ziegler]