1 Peter 2:13

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* Peter does encourage us to cooperate in “humility” but he himself did “contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus.”
Certainly, God and Peter were against taking the wages of unrighteousness as we see in 2 Peter 2:13.
Modern Christians have become entangled again in the yoke of bondage according to the elements of the world. Because they regularly take oaths which Christ said not to do.
And because they apply to men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority one over the other, who are the fathers of the earth.
Jesus said not to pray to those Fathers for your daily bread at the expense of your neighbor because those benefits they offer are the wages of unrighteousness.
Through these covetous practices they have become merchandise as Peter said they would. Modern Christians do all these things against the teachings of Christ because they are under a strong delusion.
The Greek word “hupotasso[1] means “In non-military use, it was 'a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden'”. It does not mean that we give others the right to "rule over" us as an exercising authority as some suggest in Hebrews 13 verses 7 and 17 means.
The words "rule over" come from hegeomai[2]specifically means a titular leader and is not the Greek word archon meaning ruler.[3]
* So why are we disallowed[4] or rejected of men in verse 4? What was the Christian conflict?
How are we living stones and how are we built together as a spiritual house?
Altars were built of stone that fit together.
Why a holy priesthood? Peter is saying that we are a holy office of a priest and an order or body?
For what purpose?
What does a spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God look like?
It would not look like the Corban of the pharisees.
What does it mean to believeth on him in verse 6?
This seems to be talking about those who rejected Christ and said they had no king but Caesar. It could also include those who say they believe but do not do, also known as the disobedient souls.
Peter is addressing someone who is being obedient in things that others were disobedient in. He is calling them chosen generation, The kingdom of God is from generation to generation.
Isaiah 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
Lamentations 5:19 "Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
Daniel 4:3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.
Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
They are also a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people the terms royal is kingly and the word nation is the word for gentiles. Even the word peculiar means a purchased, preserved or possessed people.[5]
It is clear here that if you are disobedient and not doing what Christ said, then you are not counted as a believer. Even the word precious is the Greek word often translated honor meaning valuable.
What was the problem with Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, Saul, or Caesar and what was the Christian conflict with Rome?
What good works is Peter talking about and how would those good works speak of you as not an evildoer?
Why would the gentiles think of you as an evil doer?
Once we understand that the Corban of the Pharisees was a welfare system the forced the sacrifices of the people, imposing contributions based on handwritten ordinances against their members, we may begin to understand the Christian conflict with the Roman government.
To understand how what should have been for our welfare can become a snare and why we should not eat at the table of kings[6].
Psalms 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
This goes hand in hand with not coveting our neighbor's goods for personal benefit which would make us merchandise or having One purse which would trap and snare us and even curse our children with debt and bondage.
Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2:13-14
Is the Bible consistent about setting men free or does it contradict itself?

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While Peter does encourage us to cooperate in “humility” he, and the other apostles, also instruct “We ought to obey God rather than men”.
Peter was known for doing things "contrary to the decrees of Caesar" in Acts 17:7
Have Modern Christians gone out of The Way of Christ? They have little or no Daily ministration and seem to prefer to eat at the table of kings and men who call themselves Benefactors but exercise authority one over the other with great appetite. Instead of living by faith, hope and charity and the perfect law of liberty they choose to do contrary to the teachings of John the Baptist and Jesus and live by forcing their neighbor to contribute to their welfare with Covetous Practices. They desire the One purse of modern Socialism through the welfare of Statism and the sloth of False religion rather than the Pure Religion of the early Church.

1 Peter 2:13

What did Peter mean by “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;” 1 Peter 2:13

Should we submit to God or men? The word “submit” is from the same word we see in Titus 3:1 “to be subject”. The Greek word “hupotasso” means “to arrange” and in civilian terms it meant “voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating”. 1

The Greek word Oun2 meaning consequently or therefore [Not translated in KJV, but it is the second word shown in the Greek text of this verse] tells us Peter is talking about our conduct among the Gentiles which means nations.3 We are told that we are a holy nation under God.4 Other people called the Christians evil doers, even atheists, because they did not participate in the public social welfare systems under the Genius of Caesar who exercised authority one over the other, because Jesus said “... ye shall not be so”.5

While Peter does encourage us to cooperate in “humility”6 he, and the other apostles, also instruct “We ought to obey God rather than men”.7 If they made agreements with rulers to obtain benefits at the expense of others they could no longer “do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus.”8

Christians freely contributed to their own government9 that rightly divided those offerings from house to house10 in pure religion, caring for the needy of their society unspotted by the world of Rome.

Should we ever go under authority or sell ourselves into bondage in exchange for benefits paid for at the expense of others?

Joseph's brothers had sold him into bondage and thus became “Pharaoh’s servants” in Egypt. God turned it to good but we were told to never return to that type of bondage again.11 The will of God for man is that he should be free souls under Him and not be under the authority of men like Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, Saul, or Caesar.

Peter does say in verse 14 “Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” Which is little more than to advise cooperation with the police or local customs.

As Vigellius Saturninus, proconsul of Africa told Christians, “We too are religious, and our religion is simple, and we swear by the Genius of our lord the emperor, and we apply for his benefits, as you also ought to do.” Christians did not neglect the needy but provided for them by charity not by force.12

If you eat at the table of rulers you will be trapped and snared.13

Modern social welfare is religious. Religion is how a people take care of its widows, orphans and needy, but if it is not unspotted by the world it is not pure. It is conformed to the world and depends entirely upon compelled offerings. The exercise of rights endowed by God is called “liberty”. Governments are endowed by men. If we reject the responsibility we lose the right and we are rejecting God.


1 Strong’s 5293 hupotasso defined 1) to arrange under, to subordinate... 5) to yield to one’s admonition or advice... A Greek military term that when used in a non-military means “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”. Thayer's

2Oun, then, therefore, accordingly, consequently, these things being so.

3“Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:12

41 Peter 2:9 “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”

5Matthew 20:26, Mark 10:43, Luke 22:26

61 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”

7Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

8Acts 17:7 “Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, [one] Jesus.”

9Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

10Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

11Deut. 17:16 “But he shall not ... cause the people to return to Egypt... forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.”

12“For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:15-17

13“Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.” Psalms 69:22 “And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:” Romans 11:9 Also Ex 20:17, 23:32, 34:12..; Jud 10:14; 1 Sa 8:18; Pr 1:10, 23:1..; Ez 11:1-11 Jer 11:12; Micah 3:1-5; Ro 13:9, Mr 7:22, Mt 5:34, Ja 5:12; Gal 5:15

From the Book The Higher Liberty

  • "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29

People often say we have to obey government unless it tells us to go against the commandments.


Coveting your neighbor's goods through the agency of men who call themselves Benefactors but force the contributions of the people is against the Ten Commandments because to covet anything that is thy neighbors goes against the will of God.

We are supposed to Keep the Commandments if we want Eternal life and that should not be hard if we love Him. Forcing your neighbor to contribute to what you want for free and then applying for those benefits is not keeping the Two commandments which the law of God depends upon.

This modern system of government welfare is directly against the words of Christ for Christians and makes the word of God to none effect.

We have not even gotten into bombs and Abortion.

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  1. 5293 ~ὑποτάσσω~ hupotasso \@hoop-ot-as’-so\@ from 5259 and 5021; TDNT-8:39,1156; {See TDNT 784} v AV-put under 6, be subject unto 6, be subject to 5, submit (one’s) self unto 5, submit (one’s) self to 3, be in subjection unto 2, put in subjection under 1, misc 12; 40
    1) to arrange under, to subordinate
    2) to subject, put in subjection
    3) to subject one’s self, obey
    4) to submit to one’s control
    5) to yield to one’s admonition or advice
    6) to obey, be subject
    A Greek military term meaning "to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader". In non-military use, it was "a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden".
  2. 2233 ~ἡγέομαι~ hegeomai \@hayg-eh’-om-ahee\@ middle voice of a (presumed) strengthened form of 71; TDNT-2:907,303; {See TDNT 289} v AV-count 10, think 4, esteem 3, have rule over 3, be governor 2, misc 6; 28
    1) to lead
    1a) to go before
    1b) to be a leader
    1b1) to rule, command
    1b2) to have authority over
    1b3) a prince, of regal power, governor, viceroy, chief, leading as respects influence, controlling in counsel, overseers or leaders of the churches
    • The apostles were princes who were appointed a kingdom but as leaders but not rulers nor be like the rulers of the gentiles. They were to account for the people as the flock of God as Christ commanded.
    1b4) used of any kind of leader, chief, commander
    1b5) the leader in speech, chief, spokesman
    2) to consider, deem, account, think
    For Synonyms see entry 5837
  3. 758 ~ἄρχων~ archon \@ar’-khone\@ present participle of 757; TDNT-1:488,81; {See TDNT 102} n m AV-ruler 22, prince 11, chief 2, magistrate 1, chief ruler 1; 37
    1) a ruler, commander, chief, leader
  4. 593 ~ἀποδοκιμάζω~ apodokimazo \@ap-od-ok-ee-mad’-zo\@ from 575 and 1381; v AV-reject 7, disallow 2; 9 1) to disapprove, reject, repudiate
  5. 4047 ~περιποίησις~ peripoiesis \@per-ee-poy’-ay-sis\@ from 4046 (preserve for one’s self); ; n f AV-purchased possession 1, to obtain + 1519 1, obtaining 1, saving 1, peculiar + 1519 1; 5
    1) a preserving, a preservation
    2) possession, one’s own property
    3) an obtaining
  6. Proverbs 23:1 ¶ When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

  • "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" 2 Thessalonians 1:8
  • "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" 1 Peter 4:17

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