Rejoicing in Christ
1 Peter 4:12-19
We continue with the theme of suffering. How we respond is critical. Faith and holy conduct are necessary. Peter also emphasizes rejoicing in the Lord because it is an incredible outward witness of the inward heart and mind.
How Do We Share in Christ’s Sufferings?
Is it the benefits of Christ’s cross or suffering for His name?
Context is persecution
What Sufferings Should We Expect?
Avoid overt evil conduct: murder, stealing, evildoer
Avoid subtle evil conduct: meddler
Persecution for being a Christian – main context
General suffering through a Christian response
How Do We Respond Best to Suffering?
Entrust our souls to the faithful Creator
Yield to the Spirit
Refining work of God
Final victory is assured
How Does the Final Judgment Relate to Our Joy?
Reminds us of our need for grace and faith
Compassionate warning to all people
We have assurance of salvation
We experience God’s great glory through the Spirit