Jeff Bartell

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Following Jesus’ steps

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

We are called to follow Jesus’ steps.  What does that mean?

The context of 1Peter 2 has to do with suffering wrongfully.  Actually it has to do with submission to authority and suffering because that authority over you makes bad decisions causing you to suffer.  Vv.13-14 deal with our responsibility to human government.  Peter writes this while pagan Rome is in power.  They were killing Christians.  God, through Peter, says that it is God’s will for us to submit to the government.  Civil disobedience is out the window in God’s book.

Romans 12:19 Dearlyfootprints in the sand beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

v.18 deals with our responsibility to “masters” – or employers, in our modern context.  We are to submit to them not only when they are good and gentle, but also to the froward (unjust, crooked).  In fact, God calls it “thankworthy” (v.19) when we suffer wrongfully in such instances.  The only way we can behave this way is “as unto the Lord”, or as it says in v.19 “for conscience toward God.”

1Peter 3:1 continues this theme and extends it into the marriage relationship.  The context is wives submitting specifically to their unsaved husbands.  The comparison is to Sarah and Abraham.  Abraham asked some pretty unreasonable things of Sarah, his wife.  In Gen 12:11-20, Abraham tells Sarah to agree to say that she is his sister (not his wife) before the Egyptians, so that they don’t hurt Abraham.  There is a lot of opportunity for “suffering wrongfully” there!  God intervenes and spares both Sarah and Abraham.

We fear what might happen if things don’t go like we want them to.  In fact, sad to say, but often we fear that more than we fear God!  We need to remember the words of our Lord when He said:

1 Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

It’s all about being a good FOLLOWER.  Whose steps are you following?

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I’m a nobody too. and I have been to Waukegan also! I lived in Zion in ’79. Many times i fear what might happen, more than i do God. I must remember 2 Ti 1:7. I am good at following, and desire to be a good follower. Thank you for coming here to lead FBC in our walk with the LORD. For me it has been a blessing, and looking forward to the next year ahead.


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