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THE PURPOSE AND POWER IN SUFFERING (5 of 6)
1 Peter 4:12-14
July 21, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Peter instructs us to view our present
trials from the perspective of eternity. When we walk
with Jesus Christ, submitting to His plans and
remaining faithful to Him, our suffering down here
will result in additional delights in heaven.
The Apostle Peter focuses upon the positive aspects or
benefits of suffering as a Christian. Many Christians
are surprised or shocked when the trials and
sufferings of Christ come into their lives. There is
a popular theology which is espoused by some which
suggests that the sun always shines upon the
Christians, that our grass is always greener, and that
the spiritual temperature around us is always ideal
Peter is reminding us that such teaching is simply not
true. In fact, as we have seen, Christians will often
suffer for doing good (3:13-18). We should not be
surprised when the fiery trials come our way. We are
at spiritual warfare with Satan himself. It is not a
strange or unusual thing. Christians have faced
trials and have suffered for their faith from the
beginning of the church.
Peter, himself, suffered greatly for his Christian
faith. Tradition tells us that he was crucified on a
cross upside down because he felt unworthy to die in
the same way as did his Master, Jesus Christ.
I. OCCASION FOR TRIALS. 12
A. TRIALS WILL HAPPEN: PROMISE
2 Timothy 3:12, "Yes, and all who desire to live godly
in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution."
Note Jesus' sayings:
John 15:18-21, "If the world hates you, you know that
it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the
world, the world would love its own. Yet because you
are not of the world, but I chose you out of the
world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the
word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater
than his master.' If they persecuted Me, the ...
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