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1 Peter 4:1-11 introduces three reasons for 'Living for God.' Casual Christians always become casualites, page 1 of 6 discussing 1 Peter 4:1-11 Living for God.
Each believer has a roaring lion, a depraved sinful nature and a enticing impure world set against his success to live a godly life.
The Old Testament provides ample pictures describing how man, family, tribe, king and nation had fallen into disarray once they lost their focus on serving God. He instead begins to serve himself. The scriptures even insinuate that David the great king had lost vision of his task before his sin with Bathsheba. The Israelites were at war, "But David stayed in Jerusalem"(2 Samuel 11:1). The Christian needs vigilance to carry out the purpose God has called him.
An Outline of 1 Peter
THE CALL TO BE HOLY
I. Because of salvation (1:3-2:10)
II. Among the gentiles (2:11-3:12)
III. According to Jesus' Example (3:13-5:11)
The Christian must remember his call to be holy. Peter has shown in the first section (1:3-2:10) what our calling is and in the second how we are to live out our lives in the secular world (2:11-3:12), but now focuses on providing us the means of success by following Jesus' own example (3:13-5:11).
In 1 Peter 4:1-11 Peter highlights Christ's example by focusing on His determination, means and purpose of living a godly life. We can live godly lives but not casually.
This is the not the first time Peter has mentioned Christ's example. It has been regularly mentioned.
"For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;" (1 Peter 2:21-22).
"For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit" (1 Peter 3:17-18).
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