There's no shortage of ignorant fools in this world. Find out the best way to silence them.
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1 Peter 2 Summary
Chapter 2 continues unpacking one of the key commands of the Christian life that we read yesterday in 1:13:
Prepare your mind for action.
Today Peter reminds you that once you've made this mental adjustment, those same words fall into a new order:
Match your actions with your mind.
In other words, since the Holy Spirit has enlightened the eyes of your heart (Ephesians 1:18) to see and understand reality from a Godly perspective, stop stumbling around like those who are still in the dark (v8).
Peter continues the analogy that he opened the letter with: Christians are sojourners and exiles in this world (v11). Properly understanding this allows you to submit to the governing authorities and to those you work for, when it doesn't conflict with God's commands.
In this season of political debates and endless talking heads arguing over each other and trying to shut their opponent up with a one line zinger, Peter gives the best advice possible for quieting your adversaries:
For it's God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people (v15).
The best way for you to heed this advice is to know who you are in Christ. Having the confidence of knowing that you are part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, [and] a people for God's own possession (v9) gives you the solid confidence you need to resist the temptation to reply to the ignorant things foolish people are saying. Instead by your words and deeds, you are able to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light (v9).
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, who sent His Son to suffer for you (v21)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask God to cause you to long for pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation (v2)
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: