Each week Dudley Hall writes an devotional reflection on a passage of Scripture that is emailed to subscribers and posted on this blog. Join Dudley in studying the Scriptures and applying the transformational truth of the gospel to your life.
Peter’s instructions regarding how to live in a culture that is hostile to the Gospel includes how believers are to respond to governmental structures that often put pressure on the Christian worldview. Peter reminds them and us that God has instituted certain structures in society and that submission to those God-ordained authorities is submission to God himself. The civil government is for the purpose of protecting citizens and punishing evil doers. As long as the government stays within the bounds of its purpose and is not demanding its citizens disobey the clear instructions of God, it is to be honored.... Keep Reading
Christians who are under pressure because of their unfriendly culture need to hear that God is not only their comforter, but also their source. They do not need to be so focused on their efforts that they forget his. They are not breathlessly trying to get to heaven or be heavenly on this earth as much as they are the beneficiaries of God's mercy. Before they got here, God's mercy was being displayed. He has been the initiator of their salvation, and it includes their being born again into a new realm.... Keep Reading