by the Spirit - Part 5
V.19 ** As we begin this familiar portion of 1Peter, how does
the apostle remind his readers that their suffering is not accidental?
He says that it is, according to the will of God. cf.
** Is there a type of suffering that might not fit into this will
of God classification?
Yes - that would be any suffering brought upon us due to our sinful
behavior. cf. 1Peter 4:15
All see - Hebrews 12:3-11
Then to be specific then, suffering according to the will of God
is when we are living righteously, in genuine obedience to the Word
of God; and we experience the worlds rejection of Christ and
His righteousness which they observe in us. cf. 1Peter 4:12-13
** So back in 1Peter 4:19, when the heat is on what are we to do? What
overt action are we to take in response to the suffering which God has
allowed to come our way because we stand up for Jesus Christ?
We are to entrust [our] souls to a faithful Creator in doing
what is right.
cf. 2Thessalonians 3:1-3, 1Peter 2:23
Chapter 5, Verse 1-11
V. 1 ** Since it is the expressed will of God for all Christians
to be willing to endure Suffering for His name sake, how is the church to function or relate to itself during these
times of suffering?
Peter answers that question by dealing with the leaders in the church
** Is Peter in the command mode here?
No - He says, I exhort. We have seen this word used many
times before by the apostle Paul. Parakaleo literally means to
call to ones side. Peter was not abusing his apostolic authority,
but rather was appealing to them as one who had been there.
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