Bible Studies

I Peter Chapter 4

1 Pet 4:1 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;

Therefore, then, as Christ suffered for us in the flesh. (His human nature, as well as spiritually) we should be "like-minded", that is, willing to suffer in the physical body (flesh). If we make our corrupt nature suffer, by putting to death the body of sin by self-denial, you will be similar to Christ in his death and resurrection, and will cease from sin.

Our corrupt nature will suffer by not giving in to the lustful desires of the flesh. We are to be "dead" to the flesh and "alive" in Christ.

Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

"is crucified" stauroo (stow-ro'-o); to extinguish (subdue) passion or selfishness: To impale. The world is crucified (impaled) on the cross to Paul. It is "dead" to Paul and he is dead to the world. They are "dead" to each other.

1 Pet 4:2 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.

A Christian should not live the rest of his time in the flesh, to the sinful lusts and corrupt desires of worldly, unregenerate, unsaved, sinful, wicked men. The Christian should conform himself to the revealed will of God as found in His Word.

1 Pet 4:3 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:

In time past (before we were saved) it was satisfactory for us to perform or act as the Gentiles. (unsaved) when we lived in various sins as some of those mentioned.

Lasciviousness or wantonness-- Expressed in looks, gesture, or behavior.
Lusts-- Acts of lewdness, such as whoredom and adultery.
Excess of wine-- An immoderate use of it.
Revellings-- Luxurious feasting, too frequent, too full, or too expensive.
Banquetings-- Gluttony or excess in eating.

Abominable idolatry-- The idol-worship of the Gentiles was attended with lewdness, drunkenness, gluttony, and all sorts of brutality and cruelty.

It is a Christian's duty not only to abstain from what is openly, or clearly wicked, but also from those things that carry the appearance of evil. Excess of wine and immoderate feasting are forbidden as well as lust and idolatry.

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

The world sees the change in the Christian and they think it strange that we do not live as they do anymore.

I know when I sobered up, those that knew me said, "this is not the Andy Neckar I used to know". I lost some drinking buddies. Same thing when I got saved. The old Andy had died and my families don't understand, or want to get along with the "new one"

All good Christians make the will of God, not their own lusts or desires, the rule of their lives and actions.

When a man is truly converted, it is very disturbing, or painful to him to think of how in times past he has lived his life; the harm he has done to others and to himself, and the dishonor done to God. This is very affecting to him. This crucifies his body (flesh) to his old worldly life. (the world)

When Andrew (my son) first got saved, I didn't like him. I thought he was strange. I was worried about him. He didn't act like he used to and he didn't think like he used to. I didn't like the way he disapproved of me and my beliefs. I raised him better than that. I would run him off, all the way back to Arlington from Cresson.

Later my conscience would go to bothering me and I would look him up and repent. I wished he would change SOME of his ways, but NOT ALL. I mean, couldn't he become a "better man" without becoming a "weirdo"?

1 Pet 4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

These Gentiles (unsaved) who think it strange will stand before Christ in judgment one day, as well as the quick. (the saved)

The quick (saved) for the degree of reward and the dead (unsaved) for the degree of punishment.

1 Pet 4:6 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.

The gospel was preached to them that are "physically" dead, not "spiritually" dead.

The Greek word "nekros" (nek-ros'); (nek-ros'); means a corpse. Christ was raised from the dead. (nekros) This is translated such, 141 times in the New Testament.

This is more about Christ preaching to those in Hades (Abraham's Bosom). That they may be judged according to deeds done in the body, for their degrees of reward and be quickened, (quickened-raised-renewed) in the spirit.

Remember-they were still in their sins "covered" by the blood of animals. Christ came to "wash" them clean in His blood and make them fit for entering God's presence in heaven. They could not go to heaven because God cannot look upon sin.

1 Pet 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

This is the beginning of the end-times. We are to be sober minded. We are to be moderate, self-restrained, reasonable, and rational in all that we do. We are to have the mind of Christ. We are to "love for one another".

We are to prayerfully watch for His (Christ's) coming

1 Pet 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

We are to have the mind of Christ. We are to suffer in the flesh. (self restraint) We are not to live as we once did. But ABOVE ALL THIS we are to have charity (loving kindness, love--social and moral) among ourselves ( among brothers & sisters in Christ-he doesn't say "the world")

This will cover a multitude of sins. Forgiven sins are "covered". God sees them no more. If we love others, we will forgive others, and God will forgive us.

Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Part of what the church calls the "Lords Prayer"

Matt 6:12 And forgive us our debts, (faults-sins) as we forgive our debtors. (those who sin or say a fault against us)

1 Pet 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

Practice generosity -graciousness to other Christians with complaining- griping.

1 Pet 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Every one has received a gift, or gifts of the Holy Spirit. USE IT. That's what this verse says. Minister the gift. Use it to help others in the assembly. You got this gift by the grace of God when you were saved. Be a good administrator. Use your endowment, you’re ability, aptitude, talent, qualifications, to the benefit of others in the assembly.

1 Pet 4:11 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.

If any man have the gift of speaking, let him speak of the revelations of God as written in the Scripture.

If any man minister, help, aid, oversee, govern, guide, let him do it as the ability that the Holy Spirit of God gave to him, and not as he went to schools of men for his ability.

We are to glorify God and not some Seminary for our ability to exercise our gifts of the Spirit.

1 Pet 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

We are not to think it strange when we receive testing and trial in our Christian walk. It is not ALWAYS because we have been disobedient to God. Many times it is because God loves us and strengthens us in this way.

1 Pet 4:13 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.

We should rejoice and take comfort in that we are partakers of Christ (Christ in us and we in Him) and we also partake of His sufferings.

1 Pet 4:14 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.

If we be reproached, dishonored, blamed, criticized, doomed, condemned for Christ's sake, we are to be happy. When the unsaved suffer, Christ is spoken evil of, but when you suffer, and you suffer silently, not laying blame, you bring glory to God.

1 Pet 4:15 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.

But--if a Christian suffer "for his own faults" he brings reproach to God's Name. He is to be ashamed.

1 Pet 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

If we suffer as a Christian, that is for Christ's sake, we are to glorify God for this.

1 Pet 4:17 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?

We should be careful and grateful and nor arrogant of our salvation, for if we saved children of God be judged, how severe the judgment of the unsaved?

1 Pet 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

If the righteous be saved with difficulty, how shall it go with the unrighteous.

1 Pet 4:19 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.

In that case, when we suffer unjustly, and especially for Christ's sake, we are to be grateful and not bitter. We are to TRUST IN GOD knowing that He knows what is best for us.

He saved us and He's gonna keep us saved. It is HIS DOING and NONE OF OURS.

Remember.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

One note on ETERNAL salvation. Once saved, ALWAYS SAVED. Never 1000 years in hell, and no indefinite time in purgatory.

Would God send HIS SPIRIT to hell or a Purgatory? Well- if the Christian goes there, the Holy Spirit goes too.

Matt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

John 14:16-17 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.