Right Living For Better Evangelism

DECEMBER 17, 2014   Pastor/Teacher Charles e Whisnant


2A    LIVING AS CITIZENS:  2:13-17

The key verse in this section 2:11-20 is verse 15.
“That with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance’s of foolish men.”


1A    How to keep those who blast Christianity quite?  How to silence the critics? How to bring men  around to glorify God?

1B    Living the righteousness  of Christ in our living.

2A    The single greatest tool we have in evangelism?  Right living.

3A    The motivation to carry on the Christian life in the middle of a difficult situation, and society?
    1B    Its your duty.  1:1-2:3
    2B    Due to your spiritual benefits you do.  2:4-10
    3B    Its our obligation to live holy before a watching world.

4A    How are we to view ourselves in order to live this way?
    1B    We are stranger in this land.      vs. 11-12
    2B    We are citizens:          vs. 13-17
    3B    We are servants:          vs. 18-20

5A    Peter is calling us to a righteous life in the middle of a society that does not like Christianity
    1B    Your life will either affirm their remarks or put to silence their comments about Christ.

6A    Peter calls us to do this:
    1B    To discipline our inward and private life.
        1C    It begins with integrity.  What is on the inside that counts.

The price of our redemption is to set aside the things of this world. Hebrews 13:14

Our attitude is as such that we think in terms of the temporary. We are so focus on Christ that the attraction of this world do not pull us in.  For we are ready to depart and be with Christ.

We just don’t seem to fit in…we are “aliens and exiles”.  This is going to take discipline from the inside.


Dearly beloved, i beseech 3870 you as strangers3941 and pilgrims 3927 abstain 567 from fleshy lust 1939, which war again the soul”5590

  • Romans 12:1; 2Corinthians 5:20; 6:1; Ephesians 4:1 Philemon 1:9,10)

Pilgrim – one who journeys in foreign lands. “One who comes from a foreign country to dwell by the natives of a city or land, a stranger, sojourner. Since heaven is the home of the Christian, the NT speaks of Abraham and other believers as pilgrims while on earth (Hebrews 11:13; 1Peter 2:11; cf. Genesis 23:4; Psalms 39:12).”

Beloved (27) (agapetos from agape) means dear or very much loved (in context by God their Father!). It is a love called out of one’s heart by preciousness of the object loved. The “Beloved” are those to whom Christ has shown love.

Beseech or Urge (3870) (parakaleo from para = beside + kaleo = to call)

  • means literally to call to one’s side and so refers to the act of calling someone to one’s side in order to give aid or help

Aliens (3941) (paroikos from para = beside + oikos = dwelling, home) means literally  to dwell near and thus to have a home alongside of.

  • (1Peter 1:1 1Pe 1:17; Genesis 23:4; 47:9; Leviticus 25:23; 1Chronicles 29:15; Psalms 39:12; 119:19,54; Hebrews 11:13

Strangers (3927) (parepidemois from para = near by and here implies a transitory sense describing one who passes near but on to something beyond + epidemos = stranger, epidemos from epi = in or among + demos = a people) literally means a stranger alongside and so a stranger or sojourner

Abstain (568) (apechomai or apecho from apó = away from – the idea of putting some distance between, marker of dissociation, implying a rupture from a former association + écho = have) means to be away or be at a distance
Fleshly (4559) (Sarkikos from sarx = flesh)  refers to that which pertains to the flesh, in context the depraved nature inherited from Adam. It means having the nature of flesh, i.e., sensual, controlled by animal appetites (inherited from Adam), instead of by the Spirit of God.

Lusts (1939) (epithumia from epi = at, toward {the preposition “epi-” in the compound is directive conveying the picture of “having one’s passion toward”} + thumos = passion. Root verb epithumeo = set heart upon)  is a neutral term denoting the presence of strong desires or impulses, longings or passionate craving (whether it is good or evil is determined by the context) directed toward an object

Wage war (4754) (strateuomai from strategos = army, stratos = an encamped army) means literally to perform military service, serve as a soldier in the army, go to fight,  carry on a military campaign, make a military expedition, lead soldiers to war or to battle.  (Romans 7:23; 8:13; Galatians 5:17,24; 1Timothy 6:9,10; James 4:1)

Against (2596) (kata) generally describes a downward movement and when used as a hostile sense as in this verse conveys the idea of “against”.

Soul (5590) (psuche or psyche from psucho = to breathe, blow, English = psychology, “study of the soul”)


About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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