Monday, May 2, 2011

Keeping it All in Scriptural Context

1 Peter 2: KJV
 11.  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
 12.  Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
 13.  Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
 14.  Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
 15.  For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
 16.  As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
 17.  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
 18.  Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
 19.  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
 20.  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.
 21.  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
 22.  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
 23.  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
 24.  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.
 25.  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Romans 13: KJV

 1.  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
 2.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
 3.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
 4.  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
 5.  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
 6.  For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
 7.  Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
 8.  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

 9.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
 10.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
 11.  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
 12.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
 13.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
 14.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Again... just trying to keep it all in context: it's not about our personal freedoms, and liberties,  remember the time frame in which these were written.  It's not about us, it's all about Jesus and our relationship with him!


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