Called to Bless

As Christians, we are called to bless others. We are called to bring good into their lives by helping them, serving them, loving them, and seeking peace with them. And so as Peter gives a final set of instructions to all of the exiles, he first tells them who they need to be as God’s people in verse 8 so that they will be able to carry out this calling that he lays out in verse 9. As he so often does, Peter supports his point by returning to the Old Testament, this time drawing from Psalm 34. This Psalm describesHere’s…

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by CJ Bowen

Fearless Submission and Considerate Honor, II - 1 Peter 3:1-7

Throughout 1 Peter 2:17-3:17, Peter’s concern is that Christians live “mindful-of-God” “”respectful/reverent” “considerate/understanding” lives; that is, treat others according to the way God sees the world, not the way the world sees. “Honor everyone” means “live out of a conviction that in Christ there is no jew/gentile, ruler/subject, slave/free, man/woman.”The world makes so much out of these distinctions, but by honoring everyone and submitting to every human institution, the Christian life is far superior to the social ethic propped up by those distinctions. They are two attempts to produce good social order, but one succeeds much better than the other,…

Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 by CJ Bowen

Fearless Submission and Considerate Honor, I - 1 Peter 3:1-7

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Those are Peter’s instructions for Christian behavior before a watching world. In verses 1-6, he makes these commands specific to a Christian wife by instructing her to be subject to her own husband, even those husbands who do not obey the word, using the example of Sarah to illustrate submission in terms of obedience and honor.In verse 1, Peter explains why: so that unbelieving husbands might be won over by the godly behavior of their wives. In verses 1 and 3, he tells a Christian woman how not to win…

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by CJ Bowen