Peter’s last word on suffering in 1 Peter 5:6-14 is about God’s great power in the midst of suffering. How does an understanding of God’s infinite power influence the way a Christian suffers? Peter addresses this theme with respect to the believer’s relationship to God and Satan. Humble yourself before God in light of God’s power; resist the devil in light of God’s power.
Does your godliness in suffering include submission to elders in the church? One thing that is clear in 1 Peter is that Christians need to suffer in a godly way. This includes within the church, particularly in the way elders serve and the way members relate to elders. In 1 Peter 5:1-5 Peter gives a charge to elders and members explaining what the duties of each are.
In 1 Peter 4:12-19 Peter tells Christians not to be surprised by suffering. It is normal for Christians; however, he also explains why a Christian should rejoice in suffering: in suffering you are brought closer to Christ; you have the blessing of the Spirit, and you will be vindicated by God on the last day. This vindication assumes faithfulness to Christ. Judgment will begin with the household of God.
In 1 Peter 4:7-11 Peter says that the end of all things is near. How then should you live? Peter gives the implications of this reality by explaining the way Christians should treat one another in light of this truth, namely, in prayer, love, showing hospitality, and exercising their gifts for the good of others all to the glory of God.
Part of the suffering a Christian is called to comes from living a godly life that the world disdains. As Christians live lives differently than unbelievers, unbelievers will often put pressure on Christians to give up their convictions. How can a Christian have the strength to stand firm when faced with such opposition? In 1 Peter 4:1-6, this question is addressed. The realities of the gospel provide the foundation for courageous living in a hostile world.
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, Peter is writing his letter to Christians who are struggling. In this passage, Peter addresses the relationship between Christs exaltation and the Christians suffering in 1st Peter 3:19-22.
Why is it better to suffer for good than for bad?
Godly suffering gives pause to those who see it, and it glorifies Jesus. In these verses Peter shares the reasons and the command to do so.
Peter now summarizes generally how we are to treat our brothers and sisters in Christ and those that are not, both in mind and spirit.
Husbands, would you behave differently if Jesus was your father-in-law? Listen as we explore what God commands of Husbands, why he commands these things, and the consequences of defiance.