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1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.

16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

17 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?

18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

 


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Matthew Henry's 1 Peter Chapter 4 Bible commentary...



The consideration of Christ's sufferings is urged for purity and holiness. (1-6) And the approaching end of the Jewish state, as a reason for sobriety, watchfulness, and prayer. (7-11) Believers encouraged to rejoice and glory in reproaches and sufferings for Christ, and to commit their souls to the care of a faithful God. (12-19)1-6 The strongest and best arguments against sin, are taken from the sufferings of Christ. He died to destroy sin; and though he cheerfully submitted to the worst sufferings, yet he never gave way to the least sin. Temptations could not prevail, were it not for man's own corruption; but true Christians make the will of God, not their own lust or desires, the rule of their lives and actions. And true conversion makes a marvellous change in the heart and life. It alters the mind, judgment, affections, and conversation. When a man is truly converted, it is very grievous to him to think how the time past of his life has been spent. One sin draws on another. Six sins are here mentioned which have dependence one upon another. It is a Christian's duty, not only to keep from gross wickedness, but also from things that lead to sin, or appear evil. The gospel had been preached to those since dead, who by the proud and carnal judgment of wicked men were condemned as evil-doers, some even suffering death. But being quickened to Divine life by the Holy Spirit, they lived to God as his devoted servants. Let not believers care, though the world scorns and reproaches them.

7-11 The destruction of the Jewish church and nation, foretold by our Saviour, was very near. And the speedy approach of death and judgment concerns all, to which these words naturally lead our minds. Our approaching end, is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religion. There are so many things amiss in all, that unless love covers, excuses, and forgives in others, the mistakes and faults for which every one needs the forbearance of others, Satan will prevail to stir up divisions and discords. But we are not to suppose that charity will cover or make amends for the sins of those who exercise it, so as to induce God to forgive them. The nature of a Christian's work, which is high work and hard work, the goodness of the Master, and the excellence of the reward, all require that our endeavours should be serious and earnest. And in all the duties and services of life, we should aim at the glory of God as our chief end. He is a miserable, unsettled wretch, who cleaves to himself, and forgets God; is only perplexed about his credit, and gain, and base ends, which are often broken, and which, when he attains, both he and they must shortly perish together. But he who has given up himself and his all to God, may say confidently that the Lord is his portion; and nothing but glory through Christ Jesus, is solid and lasting; that abideth for ever.

12-19 By patience and fortitude in suffering, by dependence on the promises of God, and keeping to the word the Holy Spirit hath revealed, the Holy Spirit is glorified; but by the contempt and reproaches cast upon believers, he is evil spoken of, and is blasphemed. One would think such cautions as these were needless to Christians. But their enemies falsely charged them with foul crimes. And even the best of men need to be warned against the worst of sins. There is no comfort in sufferings, when we bring them upon ourselves by our own sin and folly. A time of universal calamity was at hand, as foretold by our Saviour, #Mt 24:9,10|. And if such things befall in this life, how awful will the day of judgment be! It is true that the righteous are scarcely saved; even those who endeavour to walk uprightly in the ways of God. This does not mean that the purpose and performance of God are uncertain, but only the great difficulties and hard encounters in the way; that they go through so many temptations and tribulations, so many fightings without and fears within. Yet all outward difficulties would be as nothing, were it not for lusts and corruptions within. These are the worst clogs and troubles. And if the way of the righteous be so hard, then how hard shall be the end of the ungodly sinner, who walks in sin with delight, and thinks the righteous is a fool for all his pains! The only way to keep the soul well, is, to commit it to God by prayer, and patient perseverance in well-doing. He will overrule all to the final advantage of the believer.

 


Recent Comments for 1 Peter Chapter 4...

 


Martha O;Connor's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment about verse 2 on 7/23/2014, 11:34am...

That even though a man is temped to do wrong . He did not do it because he loves GOD .

 


Malebo Semosa's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment about verse 7 on 3/17/2014, 5:32am...

the end of all things is at hand end completion all things evertything excluding nothing is at hand is reachable so this means that the completion of all things blessings job wealth business prosperity life as a whole is reachable for one to posees have own them one must be sober and pray so being sober minded and and prayerful means reaching for the completionn of all things

 


Robert Ruiz's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment about verse 18 on 3/14/2014, 6:47am...

Philippians 2 12 instructs us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling

 


Kenneth anderson's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment on 1/22/2014, 12:45am...

I have struggle for years with my walk with god and i still do, but what i have learned is i have been angry with god that i wanted what everyone else has that i felt like i deserved, but for some strange reasons,i know that god has to clean to a point to be used in his glory without me being the one thinking i am in controlled, so 1 peter kinda helps me see the sinful natures that still has me having issue with, I am in my late 40's it speaks to me that god, has a way getting you to do his will even by removing all those things that you think you need in order to be happy, he loves you so much that he will show you how blind you can be without knowing this why you must endure the process even when it does not feel good to you but it is good for you in order for us to endure what he also had to endure to show you this process when bring glory through Christ Jesus amen

 


Betty Asantewaa Arthur's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment on 1/20/2014, 2:22pm...

THERE'S NO WAY AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST JESUS WE WILL ESCAPE SUFFERINGS, AS HE DID FOR US SO MUST WE ALSO DO FOR OTHERS. FULFILLING THE LUST OF THE FLESH IS AGAINST THE WILL OF GOD

 


Rhonda's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment about verse 1 on 1/16/2014, 4:36am...

Suffering gives us a new perspective. Things of the world have less influence on our lives, and our attention is increasingly set upon The Lord.

 


Willie tuggle's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment about verse 17 on 12/31/2013, 1:33pm...

When Peter said if it begins it begins with us, is he talking about the church or elders?
1 Peter 4:17.

 


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