Submission to Overseers as Followers of Christ

1 Peter 2:18-25

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“Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.”
1 Peter 2:18

“Master” includes any person who is put over us. “Masters” include the older sibling who watches over a younger sibling, the head custodian that watches over the other custodians, any manager who watches over employees, the teachers watching over the students, etc. Having two older brothers and two older sisters, I have been watched over by all of them. Some were good and gentle which made it a pleasure to be the younger brother under them, some were harsh which made it unbearable to be under them. If I took advantage of the good and gentle overseers, it would bring unwanted consequences from my parents when they returned home. If I fought against the harsh overseers, that too would bring unwanted consequences from my parents. I learned to be submissive to the good, gentle, and the harsh. “For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.” 1 Peter 2:19 If my brothers and sisters treated me harshly because I was unruly, that is understood, and my parents were likely to condone the harshness. If I was treated harshly simply because my brothers and sisters resented having to watch over me, and I continued to be reverent and well-behaved, then that would be honorable behavior. “For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.” 1 Peter 2:20

In today’s world, the majority of the overseers above us are harsh to anyone who are not submissive to the authority of the mark of the beast. They expect those under them to be responsive to the thing that has power over physiology and is able to form thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviors. The overseers demand our responses to be what their uncanny thoughts and heightened intuition tells them it should be. That inner presence is what makes their Christless society function, and it puts everyone on the same sheet of music, which excludes the need for Jesus Christ. Jesus suffered harshly for bringing the Good News of God’s Salvation, and He was totally innocent of any sin against God. He was a man of integrity in a world filled with deceit, a world corrupted by money and possessions. Christ is our example of enduring unjust harshness, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”. 1 Peter 2:21-22

Some overseers can be absolutely savage about those under them who are not responding according to expectations. I can still envision those snarling faces, hostile tones of voice, and those false accusations that come from the sweetest and most disappointed faces. Many can come across as being apologetic in the process of scolding a person. The target of their reviling is the Holy Spirit within us which is an attack on the teachings of the Bible. Part of the process of our sanctification, which is to be set apart from the attitudes of this world, is to respond through the Gospel of peace. Jesus Christ is our example to follow, even as the hope we possess is to be more like Jesus, “who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 1 Peter 2:23

Jesus Christ is perfectly Holy, free of sin, and innocent in every way in His relationship to God. And yet, He was tortured when He carried our sin to the Cross with Him, and there on the Cross those sins were crucified and put to death. Those of this world, who live for the mark of the beast, can accuse us of sinning against their Christless expectations, but we are dead to sinning against Jesus Christ. Now, we live for righteousness to be set apart from the ways that reviles the presence of the Holy Spirit. Because Jesus Christ was willing to suffer to bring us to God, it is by His wounds that we are healed. We were in a fiery furnace with no escape, in a den of lions with no exit, we were like sheep going astray in a world of hungry wolves. But now there is a fourth man in the fire with us, a man who has shut the mouth of lions, a Good Shepherd who leads us to Salvation. Jesus Christ “…Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose wounds you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray but have now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:24-25

“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,“
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25, 3:11

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