The depths of our desires, expectations, and anticipation for what we’re waiting for determines how we wait. How then should believers wait on the Lord?
Christ-centered relational shepherding that mirrors the shepherding of Christ while anticipating the glory of Christ promotes a joyful healthy church life, even when under trial. What kind of shepherding promotes a healthy church?
An honorable life lived by the truth keeps the conscience clean. In our text today we learn that,
An honorable life is coupled with a good conscience and a good conscience is fuel for enduring unjust suffering. How does an honorable life result in a good conscience before God?
In our study of 1 Peter, we believers are seeing our new identity with Jesus. When Christ won, we won. Because Christ is the Son of God and we are in Christ, we are members of the same family (1:22-2:3). We experience the same birth. We express the same love. We enjoy the same nourishment in the Word of God. We are stones in the same building (2:4-8). We are priests in the same temple (2:5, 9). We are citizens of the same nation (2:9-10).
Our Father of mercy has comforted us so that we might comfort others. We have been rescued so that we might introduce other drowning souls to our Rescuer.