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GLORIFYING GOD AS A CHRISTIAN (6 of 6)
1 Peter 4:15-19
July 28, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Peter, basing his teaching on the
example of Christ's suffering, admonishes the
believers to not live for evil human desires but
rather to obey the will of God. He teaches that those
people who choose a life of sin and induce others to
follow them will have to give an account to God. The
believers who are now dead received the gospel for
this reason during their earthly life.
The apostle exhorts the Christians to pursue virtues,
including self-control, love, hospitality, and
service. The objective is that God may receive the
praise through Jesus Christ.
Christians should not be surprised when they
experience suffering, because they are participating
in the sufferings of Christ. They ought to rejoice
whenever they are insulted because of Christ's name.
Indeed, they are blessed.
Peter warns the believers that no one should give
occasion for suffering as an evildoer. When a
believer suffers, he should not be ashamed but should
praise God that he is a Christian. God's judgment
begins with the family of God and then reaches out
severely to those who disobey the gospel of God.
Peter exhorts the believers to commit themselves to
their faithful God and to serve him by doing good
Vance Havner said, "There is a comfortable attitude
about Jesus Christ in our churches today, and it is
our greatest peril. After all, we are not judged so
much by how many sins we have committed but by how
much light we have rejected. In this day, when law
and order seems on the way out and criminals get only
a slap on the wrist, it is well to remember that "the
wages of sin remain the same and what men sow they
In this text, Peter warns the believers that no one
should give occasion for suffering as an evildoer.
When a believer suffers, he should not be ashamed but
should praise God tha ...
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