“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Suffering for Doing Good

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Suffering for Doing Good”, 1Peter 3:8) Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:  9) Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing:  but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.  10) For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  Psalm 34:12.  11) Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.  12) For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:  but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  13) And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?  Proverbs 16:7.  14) But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye:  and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;  Isaiah 8:12.  15) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:  and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the Hope that is in you with meekness and fear (or reverence):   16) Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.  17) For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.  18) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, Being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spiriit:  Colossians 1:12; Romans 1:4.  19) By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison:  20) Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  21) The like Figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ:  Ephesians 3:29.  22) Who is gone into Heaven, and is on the Right Hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-13, Though Christians cannot always be exactly of the same mind, yet they should have compassion one of another, and love as brethren.  If any man desires to live comfortably on earth, or to possess eternal life in Heaven, he must bridle his tongue from wicked, abusive, or deceitful words.  He must forsake and keep far from evil actions, do all the good he can, and seek peace with all men.  None could or should harm those who copied the example of Christ.  v14-22, We sanctify God before others, when our conduct invites and encourages them to Glorify and Honour Him.  What was the ground and reason of their hope?  We should be able to defend our religion with meekness, in the fear of God.  Surely it is better to suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.  In the case of our Lord’s sufferings, He that knew no sin, suffered instead from those who knew no righteousness.  The blessed end and design of our Lord’s Sufferings were, to reconcile us to God, and to bring us to Eternal Glory.  He was put to death in respect of His human nature, but was quickened and raised by the power of the Holy Spirit.  If Christ could not be freed from sufferings, why should Christians think to be so?  As to the old world, Christ sent His Spirit, and gave warning by Noah.  But though the patience of God waits long, it will cease at last.  And the spirits of disobedient sinners, as soon as they are out of their bodies, are committed to the prison of Hell, where those that despised Noah’s warning now are, and from whence there  is no redemption.  Noah’s salvation in the ark upon the water, which carried him above the floods, set forth the Salvation of all true Believers.  That temporal (of that time) Salvation by the ark was a type of the Eternal Salvation of Believers by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Let us learn to look on the ordinances of God spiritually, and to inquire after the spiritual effect and working of them on our consciences.  Rest not then till thou art cleansed by the Spirit and Blood of Christ.  Amen.

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