Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4
1 Peter 2:19-20
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
Conscience—doing the right thing before God. Glory—praise, merit. Acceptable—same word as thankworthy in 19. God gives us thanks for this suffering!
1 Peter 2:21-25—suffering wrongfully is sort of our job description!
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Called—Christ has called you to do well and suffer! Example—copy. Christ suffered for us, we patiently suffer for others. Follow—accompany, closely behind in footsteps. No sin—not even in word—he who controls his tongue is perfect!
Committed—give into the hands of, into the power of, let’s God defend Him without any self-defense.
Cross isn’t just what Christ did to forgive you, but is an example to follow.
1 Peter 3:15-18
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.18 For [because] Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
Sanctify—hallow, honor, enshrine Him in your hearts. Hope—changes your way of life, invites curiosity. What is the reason for hope? Promises of God based on past evidence of God’s love and future revelation. Conscience—shows up again and is based on good conduct, good conduct resulting in a good conscience is probably how people see hope! Just for unjust—wrongfully suffered.
1 Peter 4:1-5
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.
mind—thought, determination—since Christ suffered, I will resolve myself to suffer with Him—resolve is the armor. Ceased—hath been caused to cease from, a cause imposed from outside. Run with—eagerly as a troop. Give account—Those who judge you will be judged.
1 Peter 4:12-13
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.
Strange—foreign, lost, bewildered, it is not of chance but is a trial to purify you. All present tense, not future as it is translated. Partakers—fellowship, communion, knoinonia. Suffering leads to glory. Rejoice because your glory just went up! You either suffer now or suffer later in eternity.