Patiently Enduring

“For God is pleased when, conscious of His will, you patiently endure unjust treatment.”  1 Peter 2:19 NLT

When Jesus left His home in Heaven to bring salvation to this fallen world, though He Himself remained pure and just, He was surrounded by every kind of hatred, greed, and injustice. His trial and sentence and execution were the most terrible miscarriage of justice this world has ever seen, yet He is remembered only for His patient endurance.

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The Christian in Society

“For you are free,” writes the apostle Peter in his letter to the scattered believers of the first century Roman empire, “yet you are God’s slaves. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God and respect the king.” 1 Peter 2:16,17 NLT36663510_646352855712823_2023114980089397248_n Read more

The Christian and His Government

“For the Lord’s sake,” writes the apostle Peter, “submit to all human authority– whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honour those who do right. It is God’s will that your honourable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.” 1 Peter 2:13-15 NLT36620588_646352779046164_2976886268589244416_n Read more

The Christian’s Witness

“Dear friends,” writes the apostle Peter to the believers scattered throughout the Roman empire, “I warn you, as temporary residents and foreigners, to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then, even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honourable behaviour, and they will give honour to God when He judges the world.”       1 Peter 2:11,12 NLT35924588_634754946872614_5393308016906862592_n Read more

Our New Identity

“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” 1 Peter 2:10 NLT

Echoing the words of the prophet Hosea, Peter reminds us of the overwhelming mercy of God that we have received. Our one identifying characteristic is now that we are God’s people, the recipients of His mercy.36591871_646352975712811_4247176580717084672_n Read more

Called into God’s Light

“You are a chosen people,” writes the apostle Peter. “You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NLT21686177_510107596004017_850325366387874658_n Read more

Our Sure Foundation

“And you are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple,” writes the apostle Peter. “What’s more, you are His holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say, ‘I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honour; and anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.'” 1Peter2:5,6 NLT.23316786_529424724072304_2227387259458103538_n.jpg Read more