Posts Tagged ‘Obey those in authority’

1 Peter 2:13-25 Honor Everyone

You submit to those in authority over you, period. They have to answer to God for how they exercised that authority.

Peter commands his readers to submit to the authorities placed over them. This call is to ALL and encompasses ALL authorities over us.

So many people today are pushing back against authority figures. The police are a prime example of an authoritative organization that is being disrespected. Yes! There are some legitimate claims of abuse of power but on the whole, this is not the case. Our police are losing the people’s respect and honor on an unprecedented rate. Even the average citizen is likely to hesitate in following an officer’s instructions. Not because of anything that this officer has done or the authority he commands has changed, but because our attitudes to all authority have changed. Read more »

Hebrews 13:1-19 My Helper

Because He helps me I can help others. Following in His footsteps.

It is time for our author to wrap up his letter. As he does so he touches on several important daily living points for the new believer. The highlighting feature being that the Lord is the helper for the believers. Life in Him and through Him is promised for every believer.

The overall theme of Hebrews is that we have a better sacrifice through Jesus than did those who follow the Law. Jesus did what the Law had no hope of; restoring us to God in right standing. His work was done outside the camp; apart from the temple. So we are separate from the temple when we come to Him. “Therefore let us go to Him outside the vamp and bear the reproach He endured” (verse 13).

Many of the “daily living” instructions focus on love. “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers… Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them and those who are mistreated” (verses 1-3). “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (verse 16). Even the part about keeping the marriage bed pure involves love for our partners. Without love, HIS kind of love, none of these things are possible. Because He loved us we can show that love back to others. Read more »