Being Like Christ

True Grace (Part 5): Being Like ChristText: 1 Peter 2:11-25

Jesus is the perfect example for us. In our text, Peter explained how we are to be like Him in doing good, submitting to God, and enduring sufferings for His name.

Be an Example to Others (v. 11-12)

  • As aliens and strangers – this world is not our home (Philippians 3:20)
  • Abstain from fleshly lusts – do not be conformed to them (1 Peter 1:14)
  • Keep your behavior excellent – do the Lord’s will in all things (Colossians 3:17); we are to let our light shine (Matthew 5:16); to prevent accusations and lose credibility (2 Corinthians 6:3) and to cause others to glorify God (Matthew 5:16)

Act as Free Men (v. 13-17)

  • We are to submit to those in authority – obviously, this is not absolute (Acts 5:29); this is done “for the Lord’s sake,” in the context of serving God
  • How does this fit into our service to God? – by doing right we silence others; some will want to “slander [us] as evildoers” (v. 12), but we must not give them a reason; if we can submit without violating God’s law, we should do so
  • If we are to “submit,” why did Peter say we should “act as free men“? – this is what we are (2 Corinthians 3:17); we are free from sin (Romans 6:17-18) and free from obligation to obey human commands (Colossians 2:20-23); not free to do whatever we please because we must still “fear God” (v. 17; cf. Ecclesiastes 12:13)

Patiently Endure Suffering (v. 18-20)

  • Continued emphasis on submission – servants to masters, even when those masters are “unreasonable“; yet the principle applies to all types of suffering, including suffering “as a Christian” (1 Peter 4:16)
  • We find favor with God – favor is the same Greek word as grace (1 Peter 5:12; Ephesians 2:8); this happens when we suffer unjustly (1 Peter 3:17; 4:15); we must be doing “what is right

Remember Jesus’ Perfect Example (v. 21-24)

  • Called for this purpose – the purpose of doing good, submitting to God’s will, enduring suffering
  • Jesus left us a perfect example – doing good by committing no sin (Hebrews 7:26-27); submitting to God’s will by entrusting Himself to the Father (Philippians 2:5-8); enduring suffering by dying on the cross (Philippians 2:8)
  • More than just an example – His death made our forgiveness possible (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:6-11)

We Were Straying, but Returned (v. 25)

  • This is the universal problem of mankind (Romans 3:23)
  • We returned to the Lord – not born inherently separated from God (total depravity); we were innocent, but departed (Ecclesiastes 7:29); anyone can return and be right with the Lord (2 Peter 3:9)

Conclusion

  • The Lord has called us – not just to come to Him, but to be like Him
  • We need to look to Jesus’ perfect example – do good, submit to God, endure sufferings for His name

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