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THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (1 of 6)
1 Peter 4:1-6
June 16, 2002
INTRODUCTION: If a person really believes in
eternity, then he will make the best use of time. If
we are convinced that Jesus is coming, then we will
want to live prepared lives. Whether Jesus comes
first, or death comes first, we want to make "the rest
of the time" count for eternity.
Peter makes four statements that a Christian can
cultivate in his lifetime ("the rest of his time") if
he desires to make his life all that God wants it to
I. A CHALLENGE FOR THE REST OF OUR LIFE. 1-2
A. OUR EXAMPLE. 1a
"therefore" - in light of the triumphant suffering and
death of Christ, Peter should also be willing to
suffer in the flesh, knowing that it potentially
produces the greatest triumph. (1 Peter 2:21)
B. OUR ENABLER. 1b
Ephesians 6:13, "Therefore take up the whole armor of
God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand."
Armed - this terminology realizes a battle; the
Christian is to be armed with the same thought that
was manifested in the suffering of Christ, namely that
one can be triumphant in suffering, even the suffering
of death. In other words, the Christian should
voluntarily accept the potential of death as a part of
the Christian life. Peter would have his opportunity
to live this principle himself when he faced
C. OUR ENCOURAGEMENT. 1c
"for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from
sin" - Peter did not say that suffering of itself
would cause a person to stop sinning.
Suffering, plus Christ in our lives, can help us have
victory over sin.
The declaration that these have ceased from sin
suggests not sinless perfection, but rather an escape
from the dominion and slavery of sin.
"Ceased" - means to rest; one who is willing to endure
suffering as a part of his faith has rest from the
domination of sin in ...
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