Prepare for Suffering
I Peter 3:13-4:6
April 15, 2007
vs. 10-13 from previous lesson
v. 14 - Christians often suffer because of their confession
of Christ - the purity of their lives was a standing
reproach to the heathen.
v. 15 - The fear of God will lift you above the fear of man.
"Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread"
"in your hearts" - inward and spiritual - our inmost being.
v. 16 - compare ch. 2:12
A man should live so that if anyone says anything bad
about you that no one would believe it.
v. 17 - better to suffer for well-doing than evil-doing.
One is Christ-like - the other is natural.
v. 18 - Christ is our Great Example of suffering for well doing!
He set us the example of obedience unto death.
"Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward"
Psalm 119:67, 71
"the Just for the unjust: that He might bring us to God"
vs. 19-20 - Eph. 4:9 Acts 2:27
"spirits in prison" ch. 4:6 - "for this cause was
the gospel preached also to
them that are dead"
The gospel is the good tidings of salvation through the
cross of Jesus Christ!
v. 1 - Christ's example - "arm yourselves likewise with
the same mind"
Luke 9:51 Isaiah 50:7
Suffering in the flesh is not, as the world sees it, an
unmixed evil, but it is often a great blessing!
v. 2 - "the rest of his time" - emphasizes the shortness
of our lives here - live for eternity.
"While we look not at things which are seen but at the
things which are not seen - temporal - eternal!
Are we living - prone to the lusts of men as our goal -
or - "to the will of God?"
God's will is our sanctification - I Thess. 4:3
v. 3 - "to have wrought" - think of it as past and
Latter part of the verse - a party mindset
Vast multitudes living in unbelief, eating and drinking and
spending their whole time in worldly pursuits, as if this
was the end of life, as if this world in its pomp and vain
glory were to abide for ever.
Think of the conflict today - individual freedoms
crying out to be separated from the will of God - our
The law of the land - "Congress shall make no law that
would establish religion while at the same time not to
forbid the free exercise of it.
Gradually our laws are becoming like Roman law -
Christianity was condemned while at the same time
condoning idolatry while idolatry is opposed to the
eternal Law of God.
Little surprise if we experience the woes of Rome in
v. 5 - "who shall give account" -
Rev. 14:13-18 - highlighted areas
ch. 3:19 - "spirits in prison" - prison - the end of
unbelief and disobedience - the word
suggests fearful thoughts and dark and
MAY WE LISTEN WHILE WE ARE IN THE FLESH
ON THE EARTH!
v. 4 - Christians once lived like Gentiles but are wholly
"run not with them to the same excess of riot" -
riot/walk in v. 3 - a lost state in which a man is
given up to self-indulgence, and saves
neither reputation, earthly position, nor
his immortal soul!
"speaking evil of you" - really against God
v. 5 - "Who shall give account to Him"
Men call you into account now - ch. 3:15
They themselves must give account to God!
v. 6 - compare ch. 3:19-20
We must not presume to dogmatize in a matter
so mysterious, about which so little is revealed!
Gospel of Nicodemus while at Cumberland College -
These in this passage apparently heard from the
Lord Himself what He had done for the salvation
"judged according to men in the flesh, but live
according to God in the spirit"