1Peter, #4 Suffering as a Christian 1Peter 3:13 - 4:19
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian Synopsis of 1Peter thus far: >Persecution is coming. >Christ suffered and so will those who follow Him. >You can overcome through holiness and right conduct. 3:13 - 4:19 is a continuation & completion of these themes.
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian Specific Preparations for Persecution, 3:12-22 >vv.13-14 Proper Perspectives: -Who is there to harm you? Prov.16:7 -Even if…you are blessed! Jas.5:11 >vv.15-16 Proper Provisions: -Sanctify Christ as Lord, Rom.10:9 -Defend Him to those who ask, Matt.10:32 -Keep a good conscience, Acts 23:1 > 20:20 >v.17 Proper Peace: -Do these things, then let God take care of it!
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian Specific Preparations for Persecution, 3:18-20 >v.18 Proper Propitiation: -Christ died for sins once for all- FACT -the Just for the Unjust- NATURE -to bring us to God- PURPOSE -death in flesh but alive in spirit- RESULT >vv.19-20 Proper Proclamation: -in the spirit (which contains life), v.19a -to the imprisoned spirit of man, v.19b -for the preservation of the spirit, v.20
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian Specific Preparations for Persecution, 3:21-22 >v.21 Proper Process: -Corresponding/like that…. Preaching + Obedience = Salvation -Preaching + Baptism = Salvation! >v.22 Proper Position: Heaven! Peter’s Point? Heed the message & obey- God will save!
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian Therefore, (chapter 4) Prepare! >Christ suffered in the flesh- so will you, v.1 >live not in the flesh, but in the spirit, v.2 >You should have already! v.3 >When you live in the spirit, it will cause animosity from those who don’t. v.4 >They will have to give account- you won’t! v.5 >Because when the gospel was preached to you (when you were dead) you listened, obeyed, and became alive in the spirit! v.6
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian Final Preparations, 4:7-11 >are necessary for the end is at hand, v.7a >be of sound judgment, sober spirit, and dedicate yourself to prayer, v.7b >love one another, v.8 >show your love for one another through hospitality, v.9 >use what gift(s) God gives you for His purposes, vv.11-12
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian Final Preparations, 4:12-16 >to be fore-warned is to be fore-armed, v.12 >to the degree you share Christ’s suffering, keep on rejoicing! v.13 How? Know that: -if you are reviled by men, you are blessed by God! v.14 -if you suffer as a Christian, you can glorify God! vv.15-16
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian The Warning, 4:17-18 >Judgment, as used in v.17, denotes severe trial. >Their persecution & trials would in effect be a judgment. >It was then the season for it. Meaning? -If Christians would be saved only when they faithfully endured persecution, -what would be the outcome for those who were never saved ??? v.18
1Peter, #4- Suffering as a Christian Conclusion? 4:19 You will suffer. Trust God. Do what is RIGHT!