|What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
Msg #2109 Be Christ-Like In Suffering
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
In military briefings, we'd tell them what we're going to tell, then tell them, then tell them what we'd told them: intro, body, and summary. The Apostle Peter does that expertly on several fronts in his coverage of enduring suffering wrongfully. “Dearly beloved,” he writes, “I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;...” (1Pet 2:11). He had just written, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1:16). In chapter 2 the “why-for” of this holiness is “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” (2:12). There is coming a “day of visitation” for every man. “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Rom 14:11,cf Isa 45:23, Php 2:10). That visitation will come either at their salvation, or at their judgment. For those who see your good works, pray for the former.
Peter then writes, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, ...Or unto governors,... that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:...” (1Pet 2:13-15). Peter goes on, “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke... Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject ... For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us...” (2:16-18, 21).
Everything we, as Christian's go through in 2021, even under a leftist-progressive regime, we are to be Christ-like. Christians were labeled that because they looked like, acted like and RE-acted like Christ. In 2021, if your a “possessing” Christian, not just a “professing” one, be consciously Christ-ian. God bless.
An Essay for week #9 - Feb 28, 2021
Msg in audio at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/audio
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