Speaker: Jerry Cisar
How do we live as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation, offering our lives as a spiritual sacrifice unto the Lord while experiencing injustice? How do “King’s kids” live in a world where they are thought to be slaves or second-class citizens? These questions get to the heart of what our text this week (and next) will address.
The Christians in Peter’s audience likely knew well that they were part of the new creation and lived under the kingship of Jesus Christ. “Shouldn’t we just demand our rights, or resist the structures that still exist now while we wait for the fullness of the kingdom?” Borrowing from Paul it might be asked this way, “Since in Christ Jesus, there is neither male nor female, slave nor free (Gal. 3:28), what does that say about existing social structures and how we respond to the injustices within it?”
This text ultimately speaks to any Christian who lives in a world of injustices (the one that is passing way but is still very real). Join us this Sunday for worship as we explore part one of a message from 1 Peter 2:18—3:7. It is a text filled with both cultural and religious landmines, but also one that gets to the heart of what it means to live the Gospel.