Our Shepherd

1 Peter 2:24-25 KJV Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. [25] For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
 
What a great reminder for us about our Savior. He bore our sins in His own body. He dod not just bear some of our sins or even most of our sins, He bore all of our sins in His body on the cross. Because He did that for us, we can live a righteous life no longer under the penalty of sin. We were as sheep scattered without a shepherd. Now we have a Shepherd that cares for our souls and watches out for us at all times. We should live life witha heart of gratitude that our problem of sin has been completely dealt with by His death on the cross.

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Revile Not

1 Peter 2:22-23 KJV Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: [23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
 
As Peter closes this second chapter of his epistle, he takes some time to share some key truths about Jesus Christ. We have been talking about our testimony and these key truths can be applied to our testimony. Here we find that when Jesus was reviled, He did not return the same behavior to those who reviled Him. It is never good for us to seek to get even with others or to get revenge on those who would mistreat us. We must learn to commit these offences to God, the righteous Judge.

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Persecution

1 Peter 2:20-21 KJV 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 patiently, this is acceptable with God. [21] For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
 
It should not surprise us that the world will persecute us as Christians. Jesus suffered at the hands of the world. It cannot be surprising if we suffer at the hands of the world. This world is not friend of grace. The world wants to live as if there is no God to be accountable to. When you and I live for God, it reminds them that God exists and they are accountable to Him. God has called to follow the example of Christ and live for Him. This calling will bring the persecution of the world. Let’s keep our eyes on the Lord and serve Him.

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Guard Your Testimony

1 Peter 2:18-19 KJV Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. [19] For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
 
There will times when people will mistreat us. There will times when we may be mistreated at work. No one likes to be mistreated. As Christians, however, we must handle these times of mistreatment differently that the world. How we respond to being mistreated and how we respond to those who mistreat us goes a long way to either pointing people to Jesus or driving them away. We must remember that our testimony before the world is of the utmost importance. Let’s make sure that we care for our testimony in the proper manner.

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Be Respectful

1 Peter 2:15-17 KJV For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: [16] As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. [17] Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
 
There will always be those who will speak out against Christianity. They usually are speaking out of ignorance. God has given us a powerful tool to silence the ignorance of foolish men. That tool is how we treat people. We are to treat every person with respect. It does not matter their station in life. It does not matter the color of their skin. It does not matter their background or what they may have done. We are to show the love of God to every individual that crosses our path. We cannot rightly call ourselves the servants of God if we do not treat others right.

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Good Citizens

1 Peter 2:13-14 KJV Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; [14] 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.
 
We are to be good, law abiding citizens. This is part of our testimony. Our daily actions in society should be above reproach. We must pray for our civil leadership. They serve God’s purpose of punishing evildoers. There are times, such as we find ourselves in today, where we may have to choose to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29). These times are rare, but they do occur. We need to be mindful of the fact that we must maintain a good testimony with man, but also a clear conscience with God.

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Strangers and Pilgrims

1 Peter 2:11-12 KJV Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; [12] 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.
 
We need to remember that this world is not our home. We are strangers and pilgrims in this world. We are here instructed that we should maintain an honest conversation before the world. The word conversation here is dealing with our lifestyle. The way we live our life on a daily basis is to be in agreement with the fact that we are strangers and pilgrims in this world. Our life should show others the love of God and how to come to God. Even if they speak evil against us, our lifestyle should contradict what they say.

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The People of God

1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: [10] Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
 
It is interesting that God often has a very different view of us than we have of ourselves. We would not describe ourselves as being a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, or a peculiar people. We often see our flaws and sin. We do not see ourselves as measuring up to what God expects. But in verse 9, Peter describes us as God sees us. We are now His people. We are the people of God and we should certainly live like we are His people. We should allow the world to see us as God sees us. This would give us a testimony that could influence others for the cause of Christ.

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It’s God’s Fight

Psalm 5:9-10 KJV For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. [10] Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
 
Peter sounds a bit like David in the Psalms in these two verses. Peter is praying for God to handle his enemies. This is an important lesson for us to learn. We need to allow God to fight our enemies for us. He can do a much better job than we can. When God handles our enemies, we will find that we will be free from bitterness and anger. This will allow us to continue to lead a joyful life despite the enemies that are around us. Living with joy in the midst of trials is a great testimony of God’s grace in our life.

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Precious Savior

1 Peter 2:6-8 KJV Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. [7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, [8] And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
 
There is no middle ground when it comes to Christ. People either believe in Him or they do not. For those of us who believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, He is precious. For those who do not believe in Him, He is a stumbling block. Since He is precious to us, we ought to live like He is precious. We ought to show the world that He is precious to us. This may help some to come to a belief in Jesus as their Savior. Let it not be said of us as believers that we were the reason that the unbeliever stumbled over Christ.

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