Chapter CONTEXT from MHCC: A temper suitable to the Christian character as born again, is recommended. (1-10) Holy conversation among the Gentiles directed. (11,12) Subjects exhorted to pay all proper obedience to their civil governors. (13-17) Also servants to their masters, and all to be patient, according to the example of the suffering Saviour. (18-25) For a more in-depth chapter overview see John Gill’s Expository introduction to 1 Peter 2.
Context is everything when reading the bible and here the context is clear Peter is speaking to believers and strongly reminding them of their duty (exhorting them v.13-17) to be proper citizens. He makes it clear it is God’s will for us.
Yet is this the case in every circumstance? Can we always know God’s will for us? Is it an instantaneous thing, or can it be drawn out and be known only through trials and toils? The Bible has a lot to say about God’s will here are just a few verses:
Micah 6:8 – He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Matthew 6:10 – Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21-23 – Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Read More…)
John 6:38-40 – For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (Read More…)
John 7:17 – If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Ephesians 5:17 – Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 – For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: (Read More…)
1 Thessalonians 4:3 – For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Hebrews 13:20-21 – Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, (Read More…)
James 4:15 – For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
1 Peter 2:15 – For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
1 John 2:16-17 – For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (Read More…)
Last week in a devotional, we noted; The world says or implies that having our own heart’s desires or worldly desires is fine. The Bible says our heart’s desires should always be that of God’s. In that devotional, we were looking at Psalm 73:25 and man’s desires. We also noted that man’s desires should always align with God’s will for our lives. How can we know God’s will for our lives, we must be steeped in his Word.
Knowing God’s Will
“Do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).
God’s will is revealed in His Word.