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Steve Zeisler - November 15, 2009
How To Be Different
In 2:11 Peter goes back to language found in the first verse of the letter – sojourners living in a place not their home. He directs the saints to be different, to be respectful, and to be submissive while remaining free. The apostle expects believers to get in trouble as Jesus did. Suffering is made noble when we are “conscious of God” (not just acquiescent), when it for righteousness sake, and most importantly when we remember and love Jesus who suffered for us.
Scripture References: 1 Peter 2:11-25
From Series: "Beloved Exiles: Studies in 1 Peter"
At the center of the Bible’s message is the declaration that what you see is not what you get. By faith we rest, we fight, we rejoice, we endure, and we love - counting on realities that are either invisible or waiting for us in the future. For this reason we live distinct from our neighbors whose hopes and values are rooted in this world. First Peter was written to encourage ‘sojourners’ – those whose home is elsewhere. Peter insists on growth toward maturity, calls for courage (even joy) in hardship and for righteous living that is likely to be misunderstood and ridiculed. He describes an eternal family that is based on Spirit not tribe, and observes that gold and silver perish, while godly character lasts forever. Peter speaks forthrightly, with great wisdom, about suffering and the enmity of the devil. Finally, this letter has clear, practical instruction for employees, citizens, spouses, parents and church leaders. First Peter has much to offer us - living in Silicon Valley while belonging to Jesus.