Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
—1 Peter 2:13-25
by: Jasmine Lynch.
As God’s special people, Peter admonished us to submit ourselves to the ordinance of man “for the Lord’s sake” (v.13). It is difficult to submit to some of the laws we have today, but the laws back then were even more cruel and yet were not considered inhumane. God raises up evil men to punish evil doers and in so doing, bring them back to Him. It is not His will that any should perish, so God uses whatever is at His disposal to bring about repentance. In the abolishment of slavery, the proponents of slavery used this passage, but they failed to follow Peter’s argument through. Commit yourself to the righteous judge!'