Lesson 134

"Fiery Trials Are Not Some Strange Thing?"

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1 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; 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Continue to love each other in the midst of suffering
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

  Lesson No. 134           "Fiery Trials Are Not Some Strange Thing?"

Book of First Peter, Chapter 4                                    01/27/2013        


1)      Peter tells us in verse 1 to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ when we suffer.  Why?  What does this mean?  He tells us why in verse 1.

2)      Peter tries to encourage us in verse 2 to not live a life of sin but to live for the will of God.  How did Peter live before he was saved?  (Hint: verse 3)

3)      What happens when you no longer live like the unsaved Gentiles ?  (Hint: verse 4)  Who does Peter say we give an account to in the end?

4)      Peter says in verse 6, this is why the gospel is preached, living for God in the spirit so that all might be saved.  But what should we do daily?  (Hint: verses 7 through 11)

         - be sober and pray (verse 7)

         - passionately love the brethren (verse 8)

         - use hospitality without complaining (verse 9)

         - minister using your gifts (verse 10)

         - speak as the Bible speaks (verse 11)

         - glorify God in all things (verse 11)

5)  Verse 12 takes a different approach to suffering and trials; what is it?  Do we   think of  trials as if they should not happen to us?

6)  In fact, Peter says to rejoice!  Why?  (Hint: verse 13)  Why do we need trials?

7)  How about happy!  Now he says to be happy in verse 14! So if we have fiery trials, and if we rejoice as we partake in Christ's suffering, the spirit of God rests upon us.  Do you think he is speaking of all trials or just 'religious' trails?

8)  Peter clears this up in verses 15 and 16- how so?  (Hint: verse 15 refers to trials by sin, verse 16 refers to suffering as a Christian)  What is suffering as a Christian mean?

9) Verse 17 says who should be judged first?  Why?  Why do Christians in church need to be judged?  Aren't we perfect?

10)  Peter concludes with a statement about salvation- what is he saying in verses 18 and 19?  Do we think of our salvation in this way?  Should we?