1 Peter 4:1 Peter surely wasn’t thinking he’d be living his best life and he didn’t tell his readers that either. He’s clearly turned around from being earthly focused to now prepared to live and die for Christ. Peter didn’t say anything about living our best lives. He has completely changed up from living a life of ease to fully preparing to die for Christ.
1 Peter 4:1-2 This passage is very easy to misunderstand. He’s not saying that we’ll never sin again. That’s pretty clear from other passages. The understanding is that Peter is saying that striving against sin
1 Peter 4:3 Similar to Paul, Peter outlines a summary of sins that are in society and probably sins that his readers dealt with prior to coming to Christ.
1 Peter 4:4 Peter seems to be speaking from experience. He does know that by refusing to partake in the sinful activities of the past would cause pushback from the pagans.
1Peter 4:5 Peter doesn’t waste time pointing out that Christ is going to judge those who are in Him as well as those who aren’t.
1 Peter 4:6 The Gospel is the key.
1 Peter 4:7 Self-control and sober-mindedness are keys to being able to pray in these last days.
1 Peter 4:8 Loving one another is greater than our sober-mindedness and self-control.
1 Peter 4:8 Sinners are going to sin and Peter seems to have a very clear understanding that we’ll fail and sin against one another. However, giving grace to one another is key, and showing love is the means to do it.
1 Peter 4:8-10 The Apostle points out again that we’re responsible to demonstrate God’s love to one another.
1 Peter 4:11 Wrapping up the chapter he gives two examples of giftings and using them within the church community. The reason for doing this is wonderful. So that God might get all the glory in Christ. Peter ends with a wonderful doxology.
What do you think? Let’s talk about the fourth chapter of Peter.