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1 Peter 2:11-12 You are the light of this Dark world.

  You are the light of this Dark world.

 

1 Peter 2:11-12

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

 

These verses are the introduction to the deep truth

1.1 peter 2:13 Believers must be submissive to the government/authority,here the government was king Nero who is persecuting the church.

2.1peter 2:18 Believers must be submissive to the master.

3.1peter 3:1 wife must be submissive to the husband weather believer or non believer.

4.1 peter 3:7 Husband must be submissive to the wife in the Lord

 

Peter wrote this letter to the persecuted church in Rome,which was scattered into the  Roman province , Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.In these verses, Peter used the first word Beloved

Beloved:
Means You are so close to God’s Heart. You are called out from this world for a special purpose, You are called by God.You are loved by God. You are so precious to God.You are facing tough times in your life,but do not loose your heart, You are God’s people.

John 16:33(b)

Jesus Said: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Overcome-l meaning is Victory.You may be facing trouble in your job, marriage life,you probably seem to be hopeless because of health issue or going through mental sufferings such as depression or anxiety.

Jesus said be of good cheer, I have  died and resurrected from the death ,the power of resurrection is able to change your circumstance, gives you deliverance and comfort in your trials, lean on me, Allow me to work in your life, I want to bless you, I want to deliver you, I want to sustain you in my grace, depend on me, focus on me, build your life upon me.Because I created you.

God Love you unconditionally.You are God’s Beloved.

Peter was encouraging the persecuted believers that you are loved by God.

 

Sojourners

A temporary resident or aliens.

Hebrew 11:9-11

By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Abraham Lived in the promised land,Canaan as a foreigner, Dwelling in tents, means temporary dwelling,he moved from one place to another.

Hebrew 11:13

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob , all died in faith, but did not received any promises. Their heart desire was for another country. A city, it has foundation, God is the creator of that city. They had many earthly blessings,which are good not better. For them this world, relationships everything was good not better. Their heart was filled with heavenly things. They had lived on this earth as strangers and visitors.

 

Hebrews 11:16

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,for He has prepared a city for them.Therefore God not ashamed to say that I am the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob.

Pilgrims (Visitor)

You believers you are loved by God, you are not of this world, you are not belongs here, you are a visitor.

We are physically grounded with this earth but spiritually bounded with heaven to do God’s will on this earth.We have two address one is In Christ and another is our physical address.

Philippians 3:20

 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 peter 2:11

abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.

Fleshly lust: Strong  desire of our Old nature.

As soon as you are saved, you have war in your inside.Our new nature (christ nature) old nature (fallen nature)

Peter was saying  you must abstain from all fleshly love which was against your soul.

You have been saved, but still you are this world and you have a fleshly nature, everyone in this world has an impulse or a desire to do sin,because we  are in this fleshly body.

You are saved from the grip/yoke of sin but not from the power of sin.

Gal 5:16-21 Fleshly nature

16I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. It means spirit of God is more controlling you than your own flesh.Flesh is working for physical pleasure, Spirit is working for spiritual glorifications, glorifying God.

adultery:sexual sin.

fornication : sex before marriage.

uncleanness : doing sexual sin my imagination , here peter was talking about mind or thinking.

lewdness : unusual conduct

outburst of anger: wrath

hatred : ill will which just opposite to love.

contention: argument

idolatry: give priority to someone or something than the Lord.

sorcery:  illegal use of drugs for pleasure .

jealousy, selfish ambition,dissensions,heresies,envy,murders,drunkenness etc…

If you have any of these earthly members  as habit in your life , word of God says , you will not inherit the kingdom of God.

How can we overcome it?

Do not feed them, but feed the new nature, Nature of Christ

Christian have life long war, if you yield to fleshly desire  it will enslaves you.It is deceiving to think ,if you grow older your old nature grow weaker.

Unless you grow in Christ your old nature never grow weaker. No matter you are a pastor or elder or very old member of a church.

1 peter 2:12

having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

First peter was talking about the inward life in the verses 11. In the verses 12 he was talking about your inward life must  impact others life.

You are children of God living among children of Adam. You are representing the Lord on this earth, your lifestyle is christian lifestyle, christian means little Christ. You live differently than non believers live.The value system of  your life and value system of this world is different.

Non believers are watching your life, you inner purity and your conduct should demonstrate the nature of Jesus Christ,so then your life will surely impact non believers life and give conviction in their heart, and the submit their life to the Lord.

Genesis 18:19

For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.

God revealed himself to Abraham , the fellowship with God change his life perspectives and give him eternal hope. God brought Abraham to Canaan from Iraq, among strange people, strange culture, among them abraham represented the living God by his life.

“ God  has worked in his life in order  to work through him.”

God said to Abraham first, teach your children , then all the people in your house , about me and my statutes.

Children of God

Son of God came down into this world, lived like a son man, suffered like a son of man, died on the cross  and rose up from the dead as son of God to make you and me the children of God.

He has chosen us and put his spirit in us, and we are under the process of transformation to his divine nature.

Be transformed to transform. He is working in us in order to work through us.

 

Your up-reach determined your outreach.

Love your God with all of your heart, all of your mind and all of your spirit and all of your strength that enable us to love your neighbours.this divine nature impact the people life who works with you, lives around you

That is what peter saying in the verse 2:12

having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Glorify God in the day of visitation:

Day of visitation means God visiting the earth with blessings or wrath.

When Jesus comes back for his people, these soul who are saved by seeing your life will glorify God, that is the real reward for children of God.

Message:

Salvation is gift from God, but your position in heaven is determined by your lifestyle and the work  you have done for the extension of the kingdom of God as long as you are living on this earth.