by Marvin D. Patterson

A Challenge to Godliness!
Marvin Patterson
1 Peter 4:1-6


A girl passed an old man's house on the way to Sunday School. One day the old man said, "Why do you always go to Sunday school? All they tell you is ridiculous fairy tales!"

So the little girl replied, "Like what?"

"Well," the old man said, "like that story about Jonah and the giant fish. Do you really believe that that could happen?"

"I don't know, but when I get to heaven I'll ask him."

The old man said, "Well, what if Jonah's not there?"

"Then you can ask him." the little girl replied.


In our last study of 1 Peter, we saw what Jesus did between the time that He was crucified, and the time that He resurrected from the dead. He went and preached to the spirits in prison a message of victory! He preached that He had died on the cross, and that He was getting ready to resurrect from the dead. Thank God we serve a living Savior this evening! But now we move on to 1 Peter 4, and we will see Peter's admonition to flee that which is bad, and cling to that which is good!


1- The Mind of Christ

4 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

Jesus suffered for us in the flesh. He had a real body of flesh, blood, and bones. They whipped Him, and hit Him. They spit upon Him, and they put a crown of thorns on His head. They drove nails into His hands and feet. They ran a spear into the side of our dear Savior! Oh what a Savior! Amen! The word for suffered means,

pascho¯ / patho¯ / pentho¯

Thayer Definition:

1) to be affected or have been affected, to feel, have a sensible experience, to undergo

1a) in a good sense, to be well off, in good case

1b) in a bad sense, to suffer sadly, be in a bad plight

1b1) of a sick person

In a bad sense our Savior suffered sadly, and was in ...

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