Greetings my friends. It is Sunday September 04TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Let us love our neighbor as ourself.
One of my rules on this blog is that every unique post must be able to be read by the average reader in less than 5 minutes. Your time online is precious, as is mine. The last thing that I want to do is to read something for more than 5 minutes (other than God’s Word), so I set an example here. That’s why my recent sermon is presented in multiple parts. Rather than posting the entire sermon at once – I’m presenting it in less than 5-minute portions.
Last month I preached my sermon – “Honor & Respect” – to my church family. It’s based on 1 Peter 2:10-2:25. Here on #SundayScripture I’m presenting it in its original written form. Here’s Part 4 of this series:
I like the next part of Peter’s letter to the persecuted Christians of his time. It’s about “Honor & Respect”. It was relevant then. It is relevant now. And it’s the name of this sermon. From Chapter 2 – starting with Verse 13:
For the Lord’s sake – respect all human authority – whether the king as head of state, or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. (2:13)
The Apostle Peter reinforces what the Apostle Paul had previously written in his letter to the Romans. Paul wrote to the Romans about 8 years before Peter wrote his letter from Rome to the persecuted Christians of Asia Minor. So Paul’s Romans precedes what Peter wrote in his letter.
Let me summarize what Paul wrote at the start of Chapter 13 of Romans: Submit to authority. Obey authority, or be punished. “Honor & Respect” authority. Do what is right to be honored. Oh – and pay your taxes. (It’s in the Bible !)
In fact this is what it says (Romans 13:6-7):
Pay your taxes, for government workers (hello) need to be paid (yes). They are serving God in what they do (yes indeed). I testify ! And the Scripture continues: Give to everyone what you owe them. Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
There was a tax revolt going on at the time in Rome where the people – including the new Christians – were refusing to pay their taxes. Matthew also wrote about this tax revolt in his Gospel. It’s where Jesus was trapped by the hypocrites who asked Him if they should pay taxes to Caesar. And Jesus replied – “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” (Matthew 22:21b)
Back to Peter’s letter (2:15-17):
It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.
That’s the NLT – the New Living Translation – right there. I like the NIV also:
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil. Live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
There’s a lot there. I love those verses of Scripture.
(End of Part 4)
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Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:
The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
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