Porque esta es la voluntad de Dios: que haciendo bien, hagáis callar la ignorancia de los hombres insensatos; 16 como libres, pero no como los que tienen la libertad como pretexto para hacer lo malo, sino como siervos de Dios. (RVR 1960)
These verses are often ignored in modern evangelical circles because they REQUIRE the true “Christian” to do something that is not natural, submit to someone else’s authority. Let us break it down:
CONTEXT: “Chapters 1-2, Peter addresses the issue that believers are to live a life of personal holiness as God’s people, even during times of suffering and persecution. He teaches that all Christians are to expect suffering; it is normal and Scriptural for Christians to suffer persecution and even imprisonment and death. Peter explains that our salvation in Christ is secure and that He took our sin on the cross and, “for by His wounds you were healed”” (2:24).¹
Specifically in Chapter 2 Peter begins by reminding the reader they we are a Holy peopled called by God v.9 (AMP) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
He then goes on in v.11-12 to urge folks to behave graciously and with great integrity for the world is always looking at our actions. Then in v.13-14 we get the intro to our text today where we are told to Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake. It is in this context submission to the authority of man appointed over us that we find today’s text.
v.15 – For so is the will of God: How can I know what is the will of God for my life? How often have I heard that and thought it early on in my Christian walk. It is not as hard to understand as I first thought it just takes time and communication with God through studying His word and prayer. The bible is full of verses like this that tell us of God’s will for our lives, 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Micah 6:8 are but two that readily come to mind.
that with well doing Here we have no doubt about what is the will of God for our lives, well doing. Other translations read doing well, doing good, doing right but I like the NLT rendering of your honorable lives. That is how Christians should be living honorably, something sorely lacking in this modern world.
ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: Why the need to live honorable lives, simple the “world” is watching and ready to pounce on anything they feel is in error. I am guessing most of my readers have their badges (I thought you were a Christian 1 Peter 4:4) already.
v. 16 – As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, Our speech our actions must always be as free men (in Christ, not longer servants to sin) but as the servants of God. Never using this freedom liberty for an excuse to do what we know to be sinful and evil.
Conclusion: God’s will for our lives is not some great mystery. He reveals it to us as we are willing and able to fulfill it. One of the things we do know is that every believer is to obey the authority of those appointed over them. This can be very difficult, we as Christians CAN NOT support any party, candidate or official that is Pro-Murder (abortion). However that does not mean we are to do anything illegal is any way, that would be against both the laws of man and God. We need to obey God by praying for those people and the ungodly laws that are enforced around them. This can put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
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