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Led by the Spirit - Part 5

SUFFERING                                     Page 2

Suffering

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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. 1Peter 3:17

** 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 world’s 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 first.

** 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 one’s side”. Peter was not abusing his apostolic authority, but rather was appealing to them as one who had been there.

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