1 Peter 2:13-17

Simon Says, Part 14

This message considers consider God’s instructions to us regarding our role as Christians when it comes to interacting with people in authority, regardless of who they are.


   Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter

1 Peter 2:13-17 Submission to Authority

Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – April 26th, 2015


  • Peter after talking about the church and who we are as Christians tell us how we are to live if we want a life that glorifies God and brings people to Christ – abstain from sin and engage in good.
  • Now God gives us specific instructions in a number of different relationships. He starts out with as to what we are to do when it comes to interacting with people who are in authority.
  • Some of our most difficult relationships are with those who are in authority with us . . .
  • So if you are in a situation that is or has been difficult today we are all going to be instructed as to what we are to do.
  • These are 7 “executables” for us . . . but by doing these things you will have assurance that you are doing what God would have you do.


1 Peter 2:13-14 (NIV)

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right


Submit yourselves

  • This is not forced but voluntary submission
    • My will is to do your will
    • I am here to obey and do what you ask me to do
  • Why . . . . for the Lord’s sake
    • So the Lord can act through you
      • He wants us to submit so that he can move it us
      • We limit His action by our attitude . . . . . .
    • To every authority . . . instituted among men
      • So when you are at school . . . work . . . game . . . road . . . home . . . country . . . state
    • These people are sent my “Him” and the “him” is “the Lord” . . .
      • Punish those who do wrong and commend those who do right
        • (I know you’re thinking . . . . what about if they ask me to do something that is wrong . . )


1 Peter 2:15 (NIV)

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.


Do good

  • It is God will that foolish people’s ignorant talk should be silenced . . .
    • How? . . . by doing good . . . talk is cheep
    • Don’t just point out what is wrong . . . do what is right
    • This is how you change a culture . . . by example . . .


1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God


Serve God

  • Okay – you are free – but don’t use your freedom to do whatever you want . . . “I’m free in because Christ set me free – I don’t have to do that . . . I’m better than that”
    • Remember you are a slave to God Ultimately we are going to give an accounting to Him
  • The “Halo-Effect”


1 Peter 2:17 (NIV)

Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.


Show respect

  • Show proper respect to everyone . . .
    • We are to honor and value them . . .
    • Don’t call names, talk behind their back, disrespect them . . . etc.


Love brotherhood

  • Love and honor, respect, guard the connection, fellowship and love of those who are believers . . .
  • Give special time and attention to those who are believers . . . .


Fear God

  • God has a higher place than the King
    • I am most concerned to what God thinks (others you can fool . . . but you can not fool him) . . .


Matt 10:28(NIV)

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.


Honor the king

  • Hold in value . . . . honor, value . . .
  • Tell the truth in an honorary way . . . with the hopes to benefit all people



  • Okay – check this list and check yourself (check yourself before you wreck yourself)
    • If you need to change your attitude, change it!
    • For the sake of the Lord do these things –
  • Pray