1 Pet 2:18-25
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called:because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls
Yesterday we learnt 1. God’s Will and Suffering 2. Justice for Wrongdoing
3. The Excellencies That Are Shown
Finally, what is it about God that is shown through our patient, non- retaliating endurance of unjust suffering?
1 Peter 2:9 says that our lives are to “proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.” So what are the excellencies of God that shine through this kind of meekness and endurance and patience?
It is a very long list. We can only give a start down the list.
When we suffer unjustly and patiently with our trust in God, we are surrendering some very precious things ( health, comfort, ease) and so we are show the excellency of God’s superior preciousness ( 1 Peter 2: 7).
When we suffer with patient faith in God, we surrender much of our claim to be protected and cared for on earth and so we show the excellency of God’s superior shepherd care for us ( 1 Peter 2: 25; 5: 7).
When we suffer with patient faith in God, we go without the glory of fighting back and winning; and so we show the excellency of God’s superior glory that he will share with us some day, and the justice of his throne that will one day settle all accounts ( 1 Peter 2: 23; 4: 13; 5: 1, 4).
When we suffer with patient faith in God, we seem to take a tremendous risk with our life―the only life most people believe we have to enjoy―and so we show the excellency of God’s faithfulness and trustworthiness ( 1 Peter 4: 19). We seem to throw way our one chance for happiness by not fighting for more comforts here; and so we show the excellency of God’s power to raise us from the dead as a faithful creator and one who has all dominion in the universe ( 1 Peter 4: 19; 5: 11).
Finally, when we endure unjust suffering meekly by trusting in God, we acknowledge that we are still sinners and are not earning anything by this patience. And so we show the excellency of God’s great grace ( 1 Peter 5: 10).
So when your time comes, keep these great words in mind from 1 Peter 5: 10,
“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To him be the dominion for ever and ever. ”
It may be that there are six instances if ” with all respect” in verse 18 is a reference to respect for God. Pointing in this direction is the fact that the preceding verse says we are to ” fear God” and a related word is used in verse 18, ” in all fear.” So verse 18 may well mean, Submit to your earthly master out of the fear of God. This would parallel verse 13: Submit to every human institution on account of the Lord