GOODBYE TO SIN!
I Peter 4:1-6
"Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,
arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suf-
fered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; what in the world does he
mean by that? 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. For the
time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of
the Ge~ i es, when we- wal ked i-n lasci.viiousnes - lusts, excess of
wine, revellings, bariquetings, and abominable idolatries: W;herein
they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess
of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that
is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For this cause was the
gospel preached also to them that are dead , that they might be
judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in
Now you remember that the great theme of Simon Peter in this
book is suffering. You also remember that his great example is
none other than the suffering of Jesus Christ. Several times as
you move through the pages of I Peter he will bring before us the
fact that believers have to suffer. But he will also give to us
the great example of the suffering of Jesus Christ. So again in
this first verse as he opens the passage he reminds us that Christ
has suffered for us in the flesh and he also reminds us that suffering
has a purpose in our life.
Now the great question of this text is this: what does the
suffering of Jesus on Calvary's cross have to do with our relation-
ship to sin? In other words how is it that something which took
place two thousand years ago can have anything to do with our life
right now where we are living.
Now we know when Jesus was going to be born into the world
the angel said to to Joseph in Matthew one twenty one "you will
call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins".
And we do understand that Christ died on the cross of Calvary two
thousand years ago our sins were dealt with in that the penalty
of our sin was fully paid.
But what about the matter of the power of sin in our daily
life? What does the suffering of Christ have to do with the matter
of sin in the daily life of a believer? Now there is an old hymn
we sing that has great meaning in it. And the verse goes like
this. "Rock of Ages, cleft for me, talking about the cross, let
me hide myself in thee. Then it says Let the water and the blood
from thy wounded side which flowed be of sin the double cure. Safe
from wrath and made me pure".
Now you will notice in the words of that song there are two
things spoken concerning our relationship to sin. Number one,
safe from wrath. That is sin's penalty is dealt with. And then
made pure the power of sin in the daily life is overcome. So here
is really what he is saying in these six verses as I understand
it. lie is saying to us that the suffering of Christ for our sin
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