REVIEW OF OUR LAST STUDY
In our last study, we looked how we can suffer even thought we are doing what’s right. We need to keep in mind that when we experience suffering it doesn’t mean that we have done something wrong. We also look at how Christ suffered once for all sins.
IN THIS STUDY
We will look at serving and suffering for God’s glory. We will talk about trials and how we can react to them.
(1) Read verses 7-11
Peter gave a list of instructions we should follow in response to submission to one another back in 1 Peter 3:8-12. Peter is giving another list of instructions this time in response to be of the same mind of Christ, who suffered once for sin. Write what you think of each of these instruction implies.
1) Be serious and watchful in prayer
2) Have fervent love for one another
Proverbs 10:12 (KJV) “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.”
3) Be hospitable (without grumbling)
Commentary by Ron Daniel
Interestingly, the word "hospitable" in Greek is "ﬁl-OX-en-os." The word comes from combining "FEE-los" with "XEN-os." "FEE-los" means "friend," and "XEN-os" means "stranger." So to be hospitable means to be a friend to strangers.
4) Minister the gift you have received
1 Corinthians 12:4 (NKJV) “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”
5) Speak the oracles of God
6) Minister with the ability God supplies
(2) Read verses 12-14
HOW are we to look at trials?
Commentary by Ron Daniel
Personally, I get a bit paranoid when everything is going well. Because the harsh reality is that the Christian life tends to be made up of ﬁery ordeals. Jesus promised us long ago,
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
He has given us the key: stop looking for peace that comes from good circumstances, and instead ﬁnd peace in our good God. If we learn this, then we have learned one of life's greatest lessons.
(3) Read verses 15-16
WHAT does this passage say about suffering?
(4) Read verses 17-19
WHAT does Peter say about judgment?
Commentary by David Guzik
Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God: In the context of suffering, Peter tells us that judgment begins at the house of God. God uses suffering as judgment (in a positive, purifying sense) for Christians (the house of God) now.
i. It is right for judgment to begin at the house of God. “There is equity in it; for Christians profess to be better than others, and so they ought to be. They say they are regenerate, so they ought to be regenerate. They say that they are a holy people, separated unto Christ; so they ought to be holy, and separate from sinners, as he was.” (Spurgeon)
ii. Now is our time of fiery trial (1 Peter 4:12); the ungodly will have their fire later. The fire we endure now purifies us; the fire the ungodly will endure will punish them. Yet we always remember that there is never any punishment from God for us in our sufferings, only purification. For the Christian, the issue of punishment was settled once and for all at the cross, where Jesus endured all the punishment the Christian could ever face from God.