Simon Says, Part 15
No one wants to go through pain and unjust suffering. However in this life these things do occur. This message examines how Christ is the example for us in suffering and how we are to follow in His steps.
Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter
1 Peter 2:18-25 Commendable Suffering
Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – May 3rd, 2015
- We have all been through things that have caused us pain and suffering . . . .
- Our natural response is to get even and to respond in like kind . . . and taking justice in our own hands
- Today’s message from the Holy Spirit by the pen of the Apostle Peter shows us what to do as those who follow Christ in these situations . . .
- And this is coming through one who was prone to avoid suffering (conversation with Jesus when Jesus told him about the suffering, rejection, crucifixion – peter took Jesus aside to rebuke him – where Jesus responded “get behind me Satan – you don’t have in mind the things of God but the things of man) and also when he denied Christ
- One who was prone to retaliate (sword in the garden) . . .
- He was sifted and then now is turning back to strengthen us – by his new example and advice . .
Submit with respect
1 Peter 2:18 NIV
Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
- Slaves (servants) . . . this can have many applications today . . .
- submit yourselves – you are the one who is voluntarily doing this – obey – put yourself second – be a servant
- With all respect – honor them, do what they say, (and do it with gusto – whole hearted) don’t do things that are dishonoring . . .
- Well what about those who are not very good . . . he address this . . . not only to those who are good and considerate (Most people can do that) . . . this is where your Christianity can really shine . . . but also to those who are harsh! (crooked, warped, winding, perverse) . . .
1 Peter 2:19-20 NIV
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
- Commendable . . . honorable . . . worthy of respect . . . .
- If a person “bears up under” (bear – endure – carry)
- The pain . . . and there is pain
- Of unjust suffering – and some of it is just . . . but there are times when it will be unjust . . . . !
- Because you are conscious of God
- your awareness of God – that you see Him, Because of your faith – your moral consciousness
- You do what you do because you answer to and represent a higher authority . . .
- If you “receive a beating” – you are disciplined – because you did something wrong – you get no credit for that . . . .
- Suffering for doing good . . . and you endure it . . . this is commendable before God . . . .
Follow Christ’s example
1 Peter 2:21-25 NIV
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
- To this you were called . . . if you want to know what you are called to . . . to endure unjust suffering . .
- Why? Because Christ also suffered (and he did it for us) . . .
- Leaving us an example . . . (a pattern / blueprint) of what to do . . .
- So we should follow in his steps . . .
- If you are a Christian this is what we are called to do and this is what we are called to be. . .
- If you are not following in his steps . . . than you are not a Christian . . .
22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
- So here is the example – he was perfect in thought and conduct . . . .
- And this is how he was treated .
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
- So when people hurled their insults at him . . . what did Jesus do . . .
- So when people hurl insults (vilify you) you do not retaliate . . . . (in like manner)
- So when Jesus suffered . . . how did he respond?
- So when we suffer . . . don’t make threats . . .
- He entrusted himself to Him who judges justly . . .
- This is where you faith is shown
- Appeal to a higher court – were things are seen for what they are . . .
- Entrusting yourself to the just judge . . .
- This is what King David did . . .
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
- What Christ did on the cross is to make it possible to die to sins and live for righteousness
- We are to die to our own sins
- By his wounds you have been healed . . . verb for being made whole . . .
- What this means is because Christ died for us and was wounded for us we have been healed to live for righteousness . . .
- We all, like sheep have gone astray . . . but we have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls . . .
- This has to do with our souls . . .
- And he is the good shepherd and ultimate overseer of your soul . . .
- Submit with Respect – even to harsh people
- Endure injustice – for doing good – because you our conscious of God
- For we are called to do this . . .
- Follow Christ’s example in suffering
- Don’t retaliate
- Don’t threaten
- Appeal to the higher court
- Life for righteousness . . .
- Return to the Shepard and Overseer of your soul . . .