Silencing the Critics

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Scripture: 1 Peter 2:11-20

There are 3 identities of Godly living:

  1. Aliens
  2. Citizens
  3. Servants

Yet in whatever identity, we  are to abstain from fleshly lusts.
We are to keep our behavior excellent to glorify God.

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. (‭Acts‬ ‭7‬:‭59-60‬ NIV)

As Aliens

Christians throughout the ages & until today are accused of many things.
Some is because we do not follow the norm. Others because of falsehood or misinterpretation.

But more important then the accusations, or even our words are our actions.
We are the Bible the world is reading through the testimony of our lives.

 

As Citizens

We are to submit ourselves for the Lord’s sake.
We are to be subject to governing authorities as from God.
For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior but for those bent on evil.
If we are subject to laws that contradict the Word of God, we can respond with our truth, yet know that will need to bear the consequences.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭3-4‬ NIV)

We have 2 spiritual weapons:

  1. Word of God
  2. Prayer

As Servants

We are to be submissive & for the sake of conscience towards God.
If you suffer for righteousness, you are blessed.
If you are reviled for Christ’s name, you are blessed.

For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Follow Christ’s example in our daily living.

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