Lesson Scriptures: 1 Peter 4:1-2,12-19
Key Lesson Theme: “The Joy Arising from Our Hope”
Today's Lesson: Tuesday, June 30
1 Peter 4:1-2
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin—
2 in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will.
In 3:18, Peter referred to the mediatorial suffering of Christ for sin. He brings that thought back to mind as he seeks to help his readers know how to deal with their own suffering because of their commitment to Christ. “Arm yourselves with the same way of thinking” (ESV). “Arm yourselves also with the same manner of understanding” (CSB). Believers are to think about suffering as Christ did—as an opportunity to bring glory to the Father.
“Because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin” (CSB). Some Bible students understand the statement to support asceticism and even martyrdom. But nowhere does Scripture teach that we find forgiveness of sins or achieve moral perfection by self-imposed suffering or even in the suffering imposed by others. More likely, what Peter intended was that those who suffer because of their commitment to Christ are those who have already surrendered the life of sin for a life of hope. Why else would a person be willing to suffer? The suffering is not to gain forgiveness but because a person has been forgiven.
What will be the goal of life lived in the flesh, in the body, on earth? Will it be to find satisfaction only in the lusts of men? The one who is armed … with the same mind as Christ no longer aspires to such things. Rather, those who are committed to Christ will devote their lives—the new life in Christ—to doing the will of God. Will suggests “purpose, wishes, desire, and pleasure.” Of God means He is the source; it is “God’s will” (CSB); His perfect intention for the Christian.
What are some lasting truths from 1 Peter 4:1-2?
>Our attitude toward suffering should model that of Christ who suffered for us.
>A willingness to suffer for the gospel is an indication that we have been released from sin.
>As believers, our lives on earth are to be shaped by a desire to do God’s will, not satisfy our personal cravings.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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