Chapter Four of First Peter.

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1 Pet 4:1-19


Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm
yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in
the flesh has ceased from sin,
that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for
the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of
the Gentiles-- when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness,
revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with
them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.
They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living
and the dead.

For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are
dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh,
but live according to God in the spirit.

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and
watchful in your prayers.
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love
will cover a multitude of sins."
Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as
good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone
ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies,
that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to
whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.


Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is
to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings,
that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with
exceeding joy.

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you,
for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part
He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or
as a busybody in other people's matters.

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but
let him glorify God in this matter.
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of
God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those
who do not obey the gospel of God?

Now "If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the
ungodly and the sinner appear?"
Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God
commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.


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