As human beings, we tend to want to demolish our enemies. This can be good or bad depending on who we deem our enemy.
Today I want to show you through 1 Peter how you can silence the secular enemy and authorities of this world by simply setting an good example through how you live your life, your speech and living out the Christian duty using Scripture. You and I can win the battle without engaging in verbal, informational or even physical warfare if we follow God’s formula so let’s get started.
The Book of 1 Peter, chapter 2:11 through chapter 4:11-12, sets forth the duties of the Christians in our secular world. In verse 11, Peter sets the theme, saying, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation”.
In this short passage, Peter gives us God’s formula as to how you and I can silence the secular enemy and central authorities of this world by simply setting a good-godly example in how we live our life, our speech, and our Christian duty using Scripture. Let’s break down verse 11 and see exactly what Peter is telling us.
- Peter says that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are SOJOURNERS and EXILES: In other words, we as believers are not citizens of this world, but of God’s kingdom in heaven as followers of Jesus Christ. As such…
- We are to ABSTAIN from the worldly PASSIONS of the FLESH. This ranges from drugs to greed, an obsession with recreation to a love of materialistic things. From coveting one home to their wife or husband. And the list goes on.
- WHY ARE WE TO DENY OURSELVES SUCH PLEASURE? Because such passions of the flesh wage war against our souls. Once in Christ, our soul is in God’s hand through His word and Spirit and not the world.
- The END RESULT is that the Spirit of God will help us keep our conduct among the world honorable. God does grant us grace but we still have to be obedient to God in allowing the Spirit to help us keep our conduct pure. God’s Word the guide for us we are to use as our road map for what and how we are to live out the Christian duty-a life of purity and honor, often denying ourselves the sinful pleasures of this world.
- AS A RESULT of our doing this (however imperfect we may be), the non-believing, evil rulers of this world will be astounded if not silenced by our actions or lack thereof because of the “moral law” God put’s on all men and women’s hearts. We know that God put’s His laws on men and women’s hearts through Jeremiah 31 which says that “The LORD: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds” *speaking of His people). But the secular rulers are not God’s people? According to the Apostle Paul in Romans 2, God’s Moral Law is written on the hearts of all human beings, including non believers.
“For it is not the HEARERS of the law who will be justified. For when Gentiles who do not have the law, by nature, do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secretes of men by Christ Jesus” (Romans 2:13-16 ESV).
So who are righteous before God? It’s the DOERS of the law. Anyone can be hearers of the law, but the doers are those who actually believe what they hear! When the evil world and secular leaders speak out against us, when we respond in a godly fashion they are often perplexed and sometimes silenced. WHY? Because they will “SEE” our good deeds which go against the grain of the secular culture, and in return “PUT TO SILENCE” (Vs.15) their very attack. Our actions and words should make our accusers speechless. Doing so can cause a muzzle effect to come over their mouths. This clarified true freedom-freedom from a sinful world. Peter goes on to say in 1 Peter...
"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:15-16).
IN CONCLUSION: As Christian’s, let’s not take liberty with God’s mercy and grace. As Christians we should be law-abiding citizens. If the law of one’s government violates the revealed will of God though, then of course, the believer must obey God first though he or she may end up having to suffer the penalties of that government’s laws for in the name of rightful-biblical “civil disobedience” (See Romans 13:1-7).
HOW you and I ACT or REACT to the world and world leaders can shock the “IGNORANCE OF FOOLISH MEN”. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that the world is totally in the dark (v.9) when it comes to recognizing the hand of God at work. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may be proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of the DARKNESS into his marvelous light”.
As a result, we, as human beings can and will spiritually demolish our enemies with the strength of Christ through the Holy Spirit. And this is how we can silence the secular enemy and authorities of this world-by simply setting an good example through how you live our life, guide our speech, act and react to the world, and simply live out the Christian duty using Scripture. You and I can win the battles God allows to come our way without engaging in verbal, informational or even physical warfare if we follow God’s formula. And this is God’s formula for silencing the enemy.