“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Living For God

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

<strong<strong>>”Living For God”, 1Peter 4:1) 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 (sexual lusts), lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries (worship of idols):  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.  2Timothy 4:1.  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.  7) But the end of all things is at hand:  be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  Philippians 4:5.  8) And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:  for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  James 5:20.  9) Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  Deuteronomy 15:7.  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.  1Corinthians 4:7. v11) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as 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.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-6, The strongest and best arguments against sin, are taken from the sufferings of Christ.  He died to destroy sin.  Temptations could not prevail, were it not for man’s own corruption.  True conversion (change to a new belief) makes a marvelous change in the heart and life.  It alters the mind, judgment, affections, and conversation.  When a man is truly converted, it is very grievous to him to think how the time past of his life has been spent.  It is a Christian’s duty, not only to keep from gross wickedness, but also from things that lead to sin, or appear evil.  The Gospel had already been preached to those already dead, who by the proud and carnal judgment of wicked men were condemned as evil-doers, some even suffering death.  But being quickened to Divine life by the Holy Spirit, they lived to God as His devoted servants.  v7-10, Our approaching end, is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religion.  There are so many things amiss in all, that unless love covers, excuses, and forgives in others, the mistakes and faults for which every one needs for forbearance of others, Satan will prevail to stir up divisions and discord.  The nature of a Christian’s work, which is high work and hard work, the goodness of the Master, and the excellence of the reward, all require that our endeavors should be serious and earnest  And in all the duties and services of life, we should aim at the glory of God as our chief end.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – v10 as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;  for they are but stewards of whatsoever gifts they have; and therefore, if they would approve themselves good stewards, they should minister the same in proportion to their reception of them. Manifold and various are the graces of the Spirit of God, and the rich experiences communicated to men, which are not only for themselves, but for the good of others also: gifts for public usefulness are different one from another; one man has one gift, and another has another; or the same gift is not alike in all, in some greater, and in others less; and all are but stewards: they are accountable for them, and the use of them, to their Great Lord and Master.

More to come and God Bless You.

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