You’re chosen aliens, part of a real but unseen kingdom. Don’t conform to this world, but live holy lives within it, loving one another. The world will persecute you, and falsely accuse you, but confound them by continuing to bless them. Your gentleness and respect will win some over. Keep the perspective of the coming judgement and your future glory, keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus, who won us our salvation and is our example in everything.
Ralph looks at the subject of work and the thorny issue of slavery covered by the passage. “There is no where in the bible where Jesus condones arms. As we get it and understand it we change the world through love, submission and grace.”