Every person we’ll ever encounter is someone who requires our respect, for all people bear the dignity of being made in the image of God. In this brief clip, Stephen Nichols underlines the truth that directs our attitude toward others.
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Very fascinating, this verse we talk about for apologetics, 1 Peter 3:15. And Peter commands us to “Be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks for the hope that is in us,” and then he goes on to say this: “Yet, do it with gentleness,” with gentleness, “and respect.” And this fascinating. If you go back to 1 Peter 2:7, Peter says this is how you are to approach God—same word, but there it’s translated “fear God.” “Fear God, honor the emperor.” That word, “phobon,” phobia, is the Greek word for “fear.” At the end of verse 15—at the end of 3:15, the word translated “respect” is the Greek word “phobon.” The same attitude we are to have towards God—fear and reverence—we are to have to fellow men and to fellow women. Why? Because they’re made in the image of God.
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