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Duty to God and Country
Message By
Brother Pablo Molina

1 Peter 2:13-17 (ESV)
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,
14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.
15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Peter was writing from Rome towards the end of the reign of Nero. The emperor was so committed to eliminate this new “sect” that he blamed the Christians for the big fire that destroyed much of Rome.
This was a time when Christians were crucified and their bodies used as “street lamps” to illuminate the city.
Christians in Asia Minor were also facing persecution as Peter was addressing them from Rome.
When we understand, this background the impact of his writing becomes more astonishing.
He instructs his readers to honor the emperor “for the Lord’s sake” v.13.

Fulfillment of duty to authorities is a testimony to those watching us {v. 14-15).
Fulfillment of our duties as citizens is appropriate, since we are ultimately God’s subjects (v.16-17).

We need to keep people in government in our prayers so that they will perform their duty in a way that is pleasing to God.

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