1 Peter Chapter 4
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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.
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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.
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.
DOROTHY SAKWIYA's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment on 12/31/2013, 8:20am...
FROM 1 PETER CHAPTER4:14-16
PAUL IS STRENGTHEN US AS THE BELIEVERS NOT TO BE SHAKEN WITH ANYTHING. JESUS CHRIST THAT WE ARE CARRYING IS THE ONE WHO STARTED TO BE PERCECUTED WHAT MORE THE FOLLOWERS. WE ARE CARRYING THE DENIED PERSON AND WE HAVE ACCEPTED DINIAL TOO LIKE HIM. IT IS TRUE THAT IF WE MEET CHALLENGES BECAUSE WE ARE THE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST, JUST DANCE AND REJOICE BECAUSE WE KNOW WHY THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING TO US.
IF WE REJOICE WHEN WE MEET CALAMITIES, WE CAN MAKE OURSELF PROUD AND SHAME OUR ERNEMY DEVIL.
THE PERCECUTIONS ARE COMING WITH DEVIL FOR HIM TO TEST OUR FAITH BUT DONT WORRY, JUST SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND JOY IN PRAISING OUR GOD ALMIGHTY WHO AT IN HEAVEN AS DANIEL DID WHEN HE WAS IN THE DEN OF LIONS. SHADRECK, MISHECK & ABIDNEGO WERE REJOICING WHILE THEY WERE IN A BURNING FURNINCE FIRE. EVEN JEHOSAPHAT REJOICED WHEN HE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM SENACHARIB THEN AT THE END THERE ERNEMIES WERE PERISH AND ASHAMED. FROM TODAY LET US EXALT OUR GOD AND GLORIFY HIS NAME, INSTEAD OF CRYING LET US PRAISE AND THANK HIM IN ALL TIMES BECAUSE WE KNOW WHERE WE ARE GOING AND WE WILL SEE WHAT OUR GOD WILL DO TO US IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. AMEN
Mule's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment about verse 17 on 12/27/2013, 1:40am...
I think Peter addressing the Jews, believers and non believers, talks about the house of God( the temple in Jerusalem). The temple was destroyed about 10 years later.hence, he wasn't contradicting our standing after salvation.
Arronda's 1 Peter Chapter 4 comment about verse 12 on 12/13/2013, 7:35am...
I get it, now! Someone recently reminded me that God will keep on allowing me to go through the same (types of) tests until I get it.
I stand, in admitting that my focus had become distant from, truly, being on the Lord, as should be. (And I know that I am not the only one dealing with spiritual struggles). I had gotten or slipped away, into this logics-mode; trying to figure out the ignorance, non-sense, low-downness, and evil-heartedness--the demonic operations that I've seen in people...I'd gotten off track reasoning circumstances instead of following God's word: yielding/submitting to Him, committing in prayer (over myself; for them, and overall situations).
God has gotten my attention, I'm back! Seeing things God's way and not mine. THE MESSAGE: Fail not to remember what team we are on--we are 'Team Christ'. Fighting in the spiritual battle that is not ours, but the Lord's(1Sam.17:47b; 2Chron.20:15b). I was too busy minding God's business, instead of my own--of being faithful in His way; seeking His will concerning me and all things. And remaining faithful to God: focused on His word; endeavored/invested/studious in His word; seeking His will [daily], (v12) we will find it more accustomed than strange going through our tests and fiery trials, which are to try us, and (v13) we will be able to--conditioned to, and positioned to rejoice that we partake in the sufferings of Christ; for His glory! Amen. (Didn't intend to be so lengthy, but I couldn't help my-spiritual-self (lol) And, yes, I am a preacher, but, no, we are not perfect, either, and we go through ups & downs too, and Jesus comes to all of our rescues--whatever the source or means).
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