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The Rev. Brian Elfick: “Servants of God” (1 Peter 2:13-17)

March 26, 2009

Another good audio sermon in a series on the First Epistle of Peter is Servants of God by the Rev. Brian Elfick of St. Andrew the Great in the United Kingdom.   This sermon is based on 1 Peter 2:13-17.  Dr. John MacArthur had a comment on verse 16 in a sermon titled “Submission to Civil Authority” that touches on that phrase “servants of God”:

We are no longer slaves to the world, sin, or Satan because we have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:18-19). However, we are not to use that freedom “as a covering for evil” (2:16). “Covering” refers to a veil and “evil” to baseness. We are not to use our liberty in Christ as a license for sin. I’ve heard people say things like, “I don’t pay my taxes because I’m a citizen of heaven” and “I don’t obey trespass laws because everything belongs to my Father. All that’s His is mine.” That kind of reasoning is wrong.

Believers are free to obey and serve God, not themselves. First Corinthians 7:22 says, “He who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave” (cf. Rom. 6:22). Galatians 5:13 says, “You were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Our citizenship in heaven and our freedom in Christ do not allow us to disobey civil law.

Rev. Elfick’s sermon touches on our attitude towards our governing authorities and what being a Christian means for this.  He has offered us another timely sermon on this issue–see what you think.

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