1Peter 4:12-19 almost done! One more chapter to Go!

It has been a few days since my last post.  Been spending some time in prayer and kind of recharging a bit. We are about to come to the last chapter in 1 Peter. We just have verses 12-19 to cover before chapter five. This is a good time to review what we have covered in this book so far.  The author of the letter is Peter, the purpose of the letter was to encourage Christians that were suffering.  The letter was written to Jewish Christians that were driven out of Jerusalem and scattered throughout Asia Minor. It is likely Peter was writing from Rome during the great persecution of Nero. It was under Nero’s persecution that both Peter and Paul were martyred.  The main characters in this letter are Peter, Silvanus a.k.a. Silas, and Mark.  Peter’s idea of the church was that the church is a spiritual house composed of living stones, built upon the cornerstone of Christ, the foundation of the church.  This concept was revealed to Peter by Christ, Himself.  We have covered what Peter had to say about God‘s blessing to His people in the first two chapters and we have covered what Peter had to say about how God’s people should conduct themselves in the midst of suffering and persecution, and the last chapter deals with how the shepherd God’s people in the midst of suffering and persecution. So lets now finish up chapter four and head for chapter five.

 

12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.[d] On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.[e]

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”[f]

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.-Peters audience was astonished that they had to suffer as Christians.  The Greek translated as fiery trial was also used to speak of the intense fire that burned away impurities. The purpose of suffering in the Christians life is to reveal their true character, to burn away the impurities of sin so that the pure nature of Christ can be revealed in the believer.  There are many that come forward at the altar call thinking that becoming a Christian is going to make all their problems go away. The fact is that will possibly bring on new problems and troubles. Jesus never promised that we would have an easy or trouble free life- just the opposite – Jesus said ,”In this world you will have trouble” The promise that Jesus has given us is that He will go through those troubles and trials with us. 

13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.[d] On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.-Here Peter is relating the Lord’s suffering to those who suffer in His name.  Our trials do not play any role in Jesus payment for sin, Jesus is the only One that could fulfill that role and no one else. The world persecutes Christians because it opposes Christ.  We not only share in Christ’s suffering but one day we will share in His Glory.  That will far outweigh anything we are going through presently. 

16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.-We should have great pleasure in being called a Christian- a child of God- God has always called His people by His name( 2 Chronicles 7:14; Isaiah 43:7; Acts 14:17; James 2:7)  This means that we belong to Christ completely and that He is pleased to have us represent Him in the world.

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”[f]

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.-Peter here is considering their suffering as the beginning of God’s judgement of the world. In this case though it is not condemnation but an evaluation- that may produce either positive or negative results.  The suffering that they were going through proved and purified the believers faith.  Eventually this judgement from God will destroy everyone who refuses to come to Christ.  Think back to the imagery that we saw Malachi use when he spoke of God’s judgement. 

We will pick up next time in chapter five.

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