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1 PETER CHAPTER 4

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1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,

 

1Pet 4,1-5

(162i) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Bad company >> Bad company will entangle you in their bondage

(167a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Lust of the fleshly mind

(168a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not conform to the world >> Do not let the world’s approval form you to itself – The kind of life that we decide to live, we are often slandered by others who don’t understand us, who are not going through the same inner joy and suffering that we experience as Christians. We seem foolish to the world who say, ‘What do you mean you’re not drinking in excess with us?’ They lead a life of excess and dissipation because they have no hope, but the Christian does have hope; therefore he doesn’t need to live like the heathen. The person who doesn’t serve the Lord ends up with nothing. He has no hope, no future, and when his life is spent, he will meet God, who will judge him for the poor decisions he has made throughout his life, and he will be without excuse, yet he slanders us.

(193f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance >> Instruction to

1Pet 4,1-4

(8a) Responsibility >> Use time efficiently >> Use wisely what time you have – The question of whether we should lead a lifestyle of dissipation is not an option as a Christian. Prior to being saved we could choose the kind of life we lived, but now that we have been bought by the blood of Jesus and enlightened by the Holy Spirit, such lifestyles as drunkenness have been pulled from our repertoire of options, making it a little easier to make decisions, because there aren’t as many decisions to make. Coming to know the will of God can become a process of elimination, and we have no choice but to walk through the one door that remains available. Sometimes, this is how God works with us. For we Christians, deciding between two doors is hard enough, because often neither of them is anything we really want to do. Making life decisions can be extremely difficult, and it is often a point of suffering for the Christian, since there is a lot of dying to self that occurs, a lot of giving up and surrendering to the will of God. There are reasons God calls us to do certain things, and He often doesn’t inform us of His reasons, which makes it impossible to understand His will except through a process of elimination. Often God will call us to wander in the wilderness, and in our wandering stumble on the one reason He sent us out there in the first place, translating to one in a million steps we take, one in a million moments we experience, or perhaps one in a dozen skills we cultivate. There is a lot of sacrificing that occurs in this decision phase, often associated with a lot of inner pain and turmoil. 

(77g) Thy kingdom come >> Humility >> Refusing the glory of man >> Rejecting their admiration

(169j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Loving the approval of men rather than the approval of God >> Fearing their religion

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1Pet 4-1,2

(42k) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the glory of Christ’s death – Doing God’s will has an inherent form of suffering by its very nature, the fact that we must sacrifice our will in the first place is cause enough for suffering, but masochistic people whose hearts are not trained on God would rather whip themselves until they bled before they bowed their knee to God. Surrendering our will to Christ is traumatic in itself, but to actually do the will of God adds another level of suffering, often accompanied by persecution. We suffer the will of God for the hope of eternal life, yet the vast majority of people in the world scoff at this. The first step in doing the will of God is to be born-again, and if we are not willing to do that, then anything we do in the name of Christ is penance. Peter is saying that doing the will of God causes us to suffer by default. The love of God is our motive for doing the will of God, which again does not register with unbelievers. They don’t know how anyone could love God whom they have never seen. That is like having a long-distance relationship over the phone or through snail-mail, except for one thing; God has given us His Spirit, so that He is not just standing next to us but dwells in us.

(56h) Paradox >> Opposites >> He must increase, but I must decrease -- These verses go with verses 5&6. There are decisions that the Holy Spirit leads us to make, often soul-wrenching decisions that are hard on our flesh, decisions that we would have never made without God, such as choosing a career or choosing not to pursue a career, or whether we should continue in our commitment to the things of God to which He has called us, or whether we should drop the calling of God and tend to our personal needs, decisions about whether we should get married and have a family, while the rest of the world never asks these questions. If worldly people want to have a family, they just have one; they don't ask what is God's will, but the Christian must check with God to see if it is according to His will. Part of the Christian’s calling is to surrender our wills to God and let Him have an input in our lives as to what we do and what kind of a life we lead, what we do with our time, how we spend our recourses. We are obligated to give God first choice in all we do. Most of the time God commands us to do things that we don’t want to do in our flesh, though He spiritually gives us the desire to do them. What we do with our lives is not just our decision, but the decision belongs primarily to God, because we belong to Him.

(99b) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Enduring the will of God >> Enduring the death of your flesh

(173g) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the will of God – Some people seem to think they need to meet some self-determined quota of suffering, and after they have finished torturing themselves, they can go into the world and revert to hedonism. This does not accomplish the purpose of God, which is walking on the path of His choosing and doing His will. He intrinsically has something against us doing our own will; walking on any path other than the one He has chosen for us is idolatry and treason. The reason God has an inherent hatred of us doing our own will is because everything we do is in disregard of Christ by definition. Peter said, “He who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,” not in terms of penance but obedience. Penance is self-inflicted, which Paul condemned in Col 2-23, “These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.” Penance has nothing to do with the gospel of Christ; we can’t decide on our own how we should suffer for the cause of Christ. Rather, those who are led by the Spirit are automatically persecuted, so there is no need to go looking for trouble; if we are doing the will of God, trouble will come to us.

(187ab) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> The ministry of dying to self >> Die to self to minister to God >> Pick up your cross and follow Him

(188b) Suffering (Key verse)

(188f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Suffering righteousness -- These verses go with verses 12-19. Doing God’s will in this life automatically brings about suffering, and for this reason Peter advised us to arm ourselves with this mindset. As Christians, we are called to suffer in the flesh for the very purpose of serving God. Suffering is an integral aspect of Christianity to the degree that if we are not suffering, we are not obeying Christ. Suffering is such an integral part of the Christian’s life that God Himself will make sure we are suffering, for He often asks us to help those in need, which almost always causes us to suffer with them. It may not be physical suffering; there is much spiritual anguish that occurs beneath the surface; for example, living in a world full of hopelessness while we possess the answers to life and godliness is a source of great spiritual anguish. We can preach the gospel and do what we can, but in the end, what we do will have very little bearing on the world, because most people’s minds are already made up; they know of no other way to live, and they can’t find the faith in their hearts to live for God as we do. They are already set on a course of destruction, and no one can talk them out of it. These things bring about tremendous vexation of spirit in the hearts of God’s people, being only one layer of suffering among many that God calls us to bear for His namesake. 

(190b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Taking your sinful nature by force -- These verses go with verses 12-19. We should fully expect to suffer in this life; therefore, we should prepare for it and use it as a barometer for understanding His will. The more we suffer, the more we fulfill His purpose. However, this does not imply masochism, the intentional harming of oneself with a motive of purification. Masochism doesn’t work as a purifying agent. There is enough suffering in the world that we don’t need to go looking for it; rather, it seeks out the Christian and attaches itself to us. 

(233k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory through hardship -- These verses go with verses 12&13

1Pet 4-1 

(12m) Servant >> Jesus is our example of a servant  

(90l) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s purpose for us is to fulfill His calling >> Our purpose is to do God’s will -- This verse goes with verse 7

(233b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of freedom

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2-5 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. 4 In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; 5 but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

 

1Pet 4,2-4

(22f) Sin >> Lust (craving pleasure) >> Fleshly desire

1Pet 4-2,3

(1j) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Carrying a false burden >> Weighs you down as you walk in the flesh

1Pet 4,3-5

(202b) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God by running to the world

1Pet 4-3,4

(242d) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting God >> Persecuting righteousness -- These verses go with verses 14-16

1Pet 4-3

(63f) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcasm >> Minimize the truth to make a point

(159i) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit God >> Counterfeit anointing >> Drunkenness >> Having a party spirit – This is one of the few times Peter spoke as it were to mature Christians, but Paul spoke this way especially to the Corinthian Church throughout both of his letters to them. If Peter had to speak to immature Christians to tighten up their walk, he already considered it a lost cause, but Paul regularly dealt with immature Christians, continually exhorting them to remain true to the Lord. Peter considered any Christian who had a party spirit as no Christian at all; He simply would not put up with this kind of Christianity; he wouldn’t cater to their immaturity, who only wanted to take from the grace of God without contributing to the body of Christ. Their only commitment was to take from the charity of others who were committed to seeing God’s will done in their lives, just wanting to become receptacles of their ministry. Peter said to them that the time has already past to have lived like the world.

(194e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Condemning sin >> Hate evil by being innocent of it -- This verse goes with verse 15

(195g) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping men >> Worshipping the idol of pleasure – Paul spoke extensively about bondage and freedom; there is such a thing as Christians falling under bondage to sin. It is not so much an addiction as being chained to sin, but Peter was not talking about bondage; he was talking about reveling in the flesh. Christians consider themselves in bondage whenever they commit a sin more than once. We confess and repent and continue in the freedom of Christ, but if we commit the same sin soon afterward, we are basically in bondage to it, and we need to break that bondage. God’s people need to be free from sin, so these things do not control us. To live in bondage is to cancel our potential influence in this world as Christians and to cancel our influence in the Church, which is even more important. We always do more harm than good when we live in bondage. In a state of bondage, we are like the raspberry bush, bearing both thorns and fruit. Christians can live this way for a season, especially when they are new converts, until they get their feet on the ground, and the Holy Spirit has a chance to get them going in the right direction, but to live throughout our lives as a raspberry bush bearing both thorns and fruit is not the will of God. It is actually a better sign to be in bondage to sin than it is to revel in it. The person who considers himself in bondage understands what he is doing is wrong, but the reveler doesn’t have repentance on the horizon. The one who revels in sin might know it’s wrong but doesn’t care; his heart is not with God, but the person who is in bondage is under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. A person whose top priority is to indulge his flesh in as much pleasure as possible is a heathen, and the definition of a heathen is “pagan” and "idolater." Pagans don’t believe in the God of the Bible, neither do heathens, and idolaters don't believe in the laws of God.

1Pet 4-4

(176j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Extremes >> Truth is never found in your conduct on either extreme of any circumstance

1Pet 4-5,6

(25k) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Dead in sin >> The human condition without Christ

(45a) Judgment >> God judges us for not judging ourselves >> Preparing for believer’s judgment -- These verses go with verses 12&13. The gospel has been preached to we Christians who are dying to the passions and desires of their flesh, whose flesh we are judging for ourselves so God won’t judge us, corresponding with Paul’s statement in 1Cor 11-31, “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.” As a result, our spirit lives on according to the will of God. This is the process of the Christian life; there are two opposing forces that are constantly at war with each other in a sliding continuum: the will of the flesh and the will of the spirit. The more we walk in the flesh, the less we walk in the spirit; conversely, the more we walk in the spirit, the less we walk in the flesh, for we cannot do both at the same time. 

(56h) Paradox >> Opposites >> He must increase, but I must decrease -- These verses go with verses 1&2

(149c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Three key messages in evangelism >> Righteousness, judgment and self-control – Peter is talking about preaching the gospel to the ungodly, calling them dead. Peter viewed the world as dead as Paul did who said in Gal 6-14, “May it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” He viewed worldly people as dead, that is separated from the life of God, and for this reason he preached the gospel to them that they might receive the indwelling Holy Spirit, though their bodies be judged through death. Every person will be judged in the flesh; their works judged according to their deeds, whether good or bad. Those who live in corrupt flesh and have cried to God for His mercy and compassion will receive it, who strove to walk a different path and have stopped sinning and have turned to God. Although God judged their sins, their hope is that their spirit may be preserved to live with God in His heavenly kingdom by faith in the cross. Peter is talking about the ungodly sinner being converted and becoming believers in Jesus. Although we have believed in His blood sacrifice for the remission of sin and have received the life of His Spirit, still we have not bypassed the judgment of God, for there will be a believer’s judgment. God will judge the works of His own people, and He will be just as ruthless on us as he will be on the world of the ungodly, the only difference being that because we trusted in Jesus and repented of our sin and lived a holy life for God to the best of our ability, we will be going to heaven, and the unbeliever and those who did not trust in Christ for their salvation will find their place in hell.

(187h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Spirit versus the flesh >> Deny the flesh to walk in the Spirit >> More the flesh dies, more the spirit lives

1Pet 4-5

(48b) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment -- This verse goes with verses 17-19

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6&7 For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God. 7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

 

1Pet 4-6,7

(82e) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Our approach >> Be devoted to prayer This was stated 2000 years ago, and look what Peter says is key to surviving the last days. Did he advise us to accumulate wealth to sustain us through hard times? No, he advised us to cultivate a life of prayer, and come to know God in a personal way. This will do more to get us through the last days than anything else we could do to prepare.

(187e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to receive the glory of God >> Die to self to be set free – This concept of dying to the will of the flesh is a matter of ignoring or shunning our fleshly desires, just as if we were to ignore our body’s appetite and quit eating food, we would begin to starve. If we continued this way, we would eventually die of starvation. Therefore, fasting is given as a simulation of cutting off our bodies recourses as an allegory of cutting off the evil passions and desires of our fleshly appetite. God wants us to deal with the problems of our fleshly impulses that rise against the will of God, not that we should commit suicide, but that we should simply turn away from the body’s evil desires, and walk instead by the inclinations of the Spirit that God has given us. Ignoring the will of our flesh is extremely difficult to do, otherwise more people would be doing it, but simple observation in the world and in the Church tell us that most people do not deny their flesh, but serve it more faithfully than they serve Christ. It would take a long time and would cause much suffering to literally starve our bodies of food to the point of death, but this is what God would have us do, not with food, but with our evil desires, until they would eventually weaken and surrender to our spiritual will, just as our bodies would eventually lose its strength if we deprived it of food. In this way we become free to do the will of God without fleshly resistance. Our will is ultimately under control of the Holy Spirit, suggesting that we cannot die to the flesh through our own power, for the flesh cannot deny itself.

1Pet 4-6

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God

(247h) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in the gospel

(254h) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Holy Spirit is life >> Spirit of God is the life of Christ

1Pet 4-7

(50c) Judgment >> God judges the world >> These are the last days – It is one thing for the apostles to say they were living in the last days in that this is the last age before the millennium, the prophesied 1000-year reign of Christ. The age of grace (the age we are living in now) has already lasted 2000 years and is not expected to last any longer than that, since all the ages before this one have lasted almost exactly 2000 years! It is quite another thing to say the end of all things is near, for if it was near then, how much nearer is it now? So, was Peter wrong when he said the end of all things was near? It’s a relative statement, and if you choose God’s perspective, which is the Bible’s point of view along with his apostles and prophets whom He used to write His New Testament, according to God's view the end of all things is near. 2000 years is not a long time for God to wait, since He is eternal and time is irrelevant, but for man of course it is a long time. On a human perspective Peter was wrong, but man thinks God is wrong about everything, and this just puts the exclamation point on their false reasonings. We are mortal and finite, while God is immortal and infinite, which are huge differences, big enough to get everything wrong about God if we don’t have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us to interpret the word of God for us. 

(69l) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Judging yourself correctly

(79f) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind through prayer – What’s going on in the world today, are people cultivating a sound mind, or are people virtually losing their minds to a whirlwind of ideas, belief systems and lifestyles? All the choices that are available to people today is overwhelming, and almost none of them are any good. We are over stimulated, over entertained and over indulged in every way known to man, and few of us have an inkling about what’s happening around us and where society is headed. No body seems to have any sense about themselves, just the opposite about what Peter says we should be doing in the last days. According to him and this verse, we should be cultivating a sound mind and “becoming sober in spirit for the purpose of prayer.” As we see the end of all things approaching, prayer should be top priority.

(84a) Thy kingdom come >> Be on the alert >> Remain on duty >> Stay awake – All things being equal, 2000 years after Peter said "the end of all things is near," even on a human perspective he is right. Therefore, how much more should we be dressed in readiness for his coming, but what do we see in the Church today? People don’t even want to discuss endtime prophecy, much less prepare for the second coming of Christ, whereas the saints in the first and second centuries focused on His second coming as the main thrust of their ministry. What an irony!

(90l) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s purpose for us is to fulfill His calling >> Our purpose is to do God’s will -- This verse goes with verse 1

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8&9 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

 

1Pet 4,8-11

(13d) Servant >> Serve the body >> Promoting its health >> Building up the body of Christ – Essentially, it says to employ your gift as your ministry to serve one another, for the sake of glorifying God. How many churches do you know that allows you to employ your gift? There are always a couple of people chosen who have this liberty, but the rest are expected to sit down and shut up, and listen to the pastor. Now look at the condition of the world, and realize that it got that way because the Church lost its salty attribute to protect and preserve the earth from self-destruction. If the Church is ineffective, then perhaps we need to go back to the basics and find where we went astray, and make the needed corrections to get the people back in the ministry, Jesus back in the Church and the world back on track, or we may find our selves starring down the barrel of the last day tribulation period. Ask yourself, are you ready for that?

(129f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> love perfects unity >> Love is the mortar between the blocks – We should be developing a life of prayer through a sound mind and sober spirit, though we will always make mistakes, and what is the solution to our mistakes? “Love” covers a multitude of sins; in fact, love never sins; love does no wrong to a brother; therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law (Rom 13-10). We commit sin during times we do not love, so we must go back to love, for not only does love solve our current problems, it also solves the problems that we created in our past.

(234l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Be a blessing >> Freely give what you received from God – The ministry of helps is a common gift in most churches that is not persecuted and definitely has its place in the body of Christ, yet the gifts that correspond to the administration of God’s word is just as important to the body of Christ as those gifted people who love to help with menial chores. This pertains to such gifts as cleaning toilets, setting up chairs, vacuuming the floor after each service and all the other menial jobs that “important people” who control the Church don’t want to do. There is always room for these kind of people and these kind of gifts, but what about some of the more spiritual gifts regarding the word of God? Those seem to be a little scarier and threatening to the leaders of the Church. Everyone has seen their quota of flakes and nuts, who have no idea what they are doing and don’t even know what they believe, so there is reason to be concerned about people who want to wield the power of God, but we should not allow these people to make decisions for the rest of us. Just because there is potential for error doesn’t make it right to oppress the true saints by suppressing their gifts for the sake of maintaining order in the Church, for in doing so we automatically abuse the grace of God by not employing their gifts in the first place.

1Pet 4-8

(100d) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in your service to others

(113a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Protection >> Covering 

(248j) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> The Highest Values >> Top Priority

1Pet 4,9-11

(85e) Thy kingdom come >> Words that are spoken in faith >> Powerful when spoken by the Spirit >> by the anointing – We need to create the opportunity for people to practice their gifts to help build up the body of Christ, but like a doctor who practices medicine and sometimes prescribes the wrong pill and people get hurt, we still have doctors, because we know we are better off with them than without them. People have not given up on the health system, even though there is more danger of malpractice in medicine than there is in people wrongly practicing their gifts in the Church. Church leadership shy away from spiritual gifts out of pride and jealousy; they prefer being in utter control, so that those who are gifted and want to bless the body of Christ are not permitted, because the leaders fear being exposed from their own lack of giftedness. For this there is no solution, except to find pastors who are big enough and gifted, who have no fear of being overshadowed by others, who feel no threat by gifted people in the Church, so they are free to foster the gifts in the body of Christ. Spiritually gifted people are oppressed in order to keep the ministry of God’s word with only a few, in order for those who control the Church to appear more important, otherwise if many were shown gifted in the word of God, the pastoral ministry would seem less significant, but this is a lie from hell.

1Pet 4-9

(158b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Strife >> Grumbling

(235g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Giving (your inner self) >> Hospitality (providing a temporary home) >> Being a good host

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10&11 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

1Pet 4-10,11

(35j) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> Spiritual gifts >> Knowing the mind of God

(101k) Thy kingdom come >> Ambitious to promote the Kingdom of God >> Building up the body of Christ

(115f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through your ministry >> In your gift – Peter is teaching how we should conduct ourselves in the assembly. If anyone has received a special gift, we are to employ it in serving one another “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” In practice however, we go to church and try to employ our gift and get put in our place in the name of preserving order in the Church, but there is a way to employ our gift while keeping order in the Church, unless of course the people in charge don’t want our gifts in their church, which happens all too often. There are those who don’t think we have a right to employ our gifts in the body of Christ, but it says right here that we do; otherwise why are there gifted people in the Church? The Holy Spirit has gifted these individuals, not for their own sake, but for the sake of the body of Christ, that all may benefit from God’s work in each member. This is why the Church needs to make room for each person's gift.

(152j) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> Church operates under a prophetic anointing >> Speaking a prophetic word from God

(234d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seeking the glory of the body of Christ – The pastoral job is meant to be overseer of the ministry; he is not necessarily to minister himself, so whatever quality of ministry is in his church can be credited to him, for he is making sure that all runs well and that no heresy is introduced among the people. Therefore, there is no occasion to be jealous of other people’s ministries, no need to suppress other people’s gifts or oppress those who are gifted in the Church. The religion of suppressing the gifts and oppressing the people got its start from the Catholic Church, which essentially took credit away from the original apostles and control of the Church away from the people and put it in the hands of the clergy, and told the people that their only obligation is to sit down and shut up. The people's only ministry is show up at church and give their money. Since the protestant movement, people broke away from the Catholic Church, but took away from it some of their heretical ways. If we can put the ministry back in the hands of the people where it belongs, we will be the salt of the earth again and preserve the world and possibly avert the last day’s atrocities of the coming great tribulation, but it is probably already too late for that.

1Pet 4-11

(9j) Responsibility >> Strengthen one another >> Bear one another’s burdens

(111k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Living and active word of God

(115a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Worship God through Christ

(150i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word of the Spirit >> Speaking the words that God has spoken to you

(213c) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all powerful >> The creation is subject to Christ

(244c) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> Jesus shall be glorified forever – Peter was thinking about boldness when he wrote this passage. Boldness glorifies God, being one of His attributes. We can identify a man of God not just by what he says but also by how he speaks. Those who are our enemies may mistake our boldness for arrogance, the difference being that arrogance seeks the glory of man, whereas boldness seeks the glory of God. We speak with confidence in the truth that transcends human faith. For example, they whipped Jesus to ribbons until almost all of His blood spilled on the ground, but not for one moment did He think twice about what He was doing after His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane when He sweat drops of blood in asking the Father for another way to make humanity acceptable to Him. Jesus knew what was good and right and true, and He knew He was in His Father’s will. Those who are His disciples possess this same divine attribute of boldness in their manner of speaking about God, a confidence that transcends arrogance, a boldness that causes people to believe in God after they hear the word spoken through the Spirit. It engenders faith in them that they never had until they heard the word preached in the boldness of Christ. Boldness enrages our enemies, because they know it is from God, and Peter said that this is how we should conduct our ministry. We are not to apologize to anybody for our boldness, because we know our motive is to glorify God, and we are not to retract our stand just because we offend people. If they tried to walk in our boldness without God, it would just make them arrogant, being why they accuse us of being arrogant.

(253g) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Father and Son glorify each other >> Holy Spirit honors the Son through the Father >> Father glorifies Himself as He glorifies His Son

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12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;

 

1Pet 4,12-19

(5f) Responsibility >> Discipleship tested >> God tests your faith through hardship – The anointing is the very cause of the world reviling us. Peter said that being reviled as Christians is proof that the glory of God rests upon us. This is why Jesus told us to leap for joy when we are persecuted (Lk 6-22,23). The world persecutes us because we have something from God that is not of this world. This is why they hate us if for no other reason, the world is homogenous, cloaked in darkness, seeking to remain pure with no light in it, vehemently rejecting anything that originates from God. The world persecutes us purely out-of fear, fearing God in all the wrong ways, like they would fear an alien from another planet regardless of His intent. If He came in peace, the world would still make war with Him, because He is not of this world. The world fears God because it cannot relate to His light and He cannot relate to their darkness. There may be many forms of darkness, but they all originate from one source, Satan, who is the god of this world. He is the one who seeks purity of darkness, and the world serves and worships him. Christians also serve and worship God, and He only will they worship. So we have two different kingdoms on earth, the visible kingdom of the world cloaked in darkness and the hidden Kingdom of God made of light and truth.

(43a) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the Resurrection of Christ’s death

(49h) Judgment >> God judges the world >> The last days >> The day of judgment (Armageddon) This is actually a recipe for the last days. The Bible teaches that in the last days there will be persecution and martyrdom galore, and God will use the world’s persecution against Christianity during the tribulation to purify His people for His own possession, and that when He is finished using the world to purify His Church, He will turn and judge the world for persecuting His people. This frames up the judgments of the Seals and Trumpets written in the book of Revelation. The Seals pertain to the world’s persecution against the Church, among other things. There will be much bloodshed, and many millions of people will die during the Seals, not just Christians. Persecution will have its roots in the Seals and will continue throughout the Trumpets. During the Seals God has every intention of purifying His people for the purpose of preparing them for the Trumpets and His second coming, so that when the Trumpets begin to sound and the world continues to persecute the Church, God will turn against the world during the Trumpets. This is the purpose of the trumpets: to judge the world for persecuting His beloved people.

(98l) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> Endurance invites the glory of God

(124i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love your enemies >> Loving your enemies leaves room for God to Work >> Leave room for the wrath of God

(188f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering righteousness -- These verses go with verses 1,2. The Christian has experiences that the world simply does not have, so in that sense what is happening to us is strange, but the fiery ordeal that comes upon us for our testing is not strange to Christians, but is actually common to us all. This is why we need to get together and talk about our spiritual experiences in the world; otherwise we will begin to feel singled-out. Peter is referring to persecution, particularly to silent persecution. We have no proof, but can tell we are being treated differently than others because of our faith in Jesus. Peter wants us to know that this is common among the children of God. Therefore, to the degree that we suffer deliberate persecution or persecution on the sly, we are to continue rejoicing, so when we meet God, we will have cause to rejoice in His presence. We are to continue in our hope for the sake of the moment we meet God face to face, faithfully serving Him since the day of our spiritual birth. That will be the moment we will treasure throughout all eternity; it will be the moment we fully realize He was worth the pain and suffering we endured and the sacrifices we made for the cause of our faith in Jesus.

(190b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Taking your sinful nature by force -- These verses go with verses 1&2

(229ia) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> Suffering as a Christian Suffering as a Christian doesn’t really scare us that much. Suffering actually makes us feel like Christians. It brings out the faith in us like nothing else. If we can sense our faith stronger, that is a motivation to serve the Lord. What scares us is the sacrifices we must make of this life in order to better enjoy the next life. That is, one of the most difficult things to do as a Christian is to train our minds to perceive the suffering of self-denial as a blessing in disguise. Some of the things that our flesh enjoys represent the hardest part of Christianity. We feel that we are betraying ourselves when we die to the evil passions and desires of the flesh, showing just how intrinsic our sinful nature is to our self-perception. It brings about conflict and takes tremendous faith, and there is usually no confirmation in what we are doing. We just have to stop sinning and hope to somehow benefit, not really knowing the nature of the reward. We can foresee the blessing and exaltation that our suffering will bring, far easier than we can foresee the reward of putting away the flesh, yet it is necessary to die to self, for it is the basis of our suffering for righteousness.

1Pet 4,12-16

(102l) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Tried and true >> Faithfulness Heaven will be a place for “spirits of righteous men made perfect” (Heb 12-23). We will be made perfect so that rebellion is no longer feasible. Both a willingness to do righteousness and incapacity to do evil will become a reality at that time. Not just our bodies but also our souls will be made perfect. Ironically, we can understand our resurrected bodies made perfect easier than we can understand our souls made perfect, meaning we will never again have another evil thought. It is so easy for us now that we can hardly visualize that it will one day be unfathomable to have evil thoughts. Somehow God will make it impossible for us to sin. In fact, John says that He has already done this, “No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1Jn 3-9). John obviously said this within certain parameters, the key word being “practice”, since we know we can still commit sin. John was reiterating Rom 7-17, “no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”

(103l) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by circumstances >> Purified Through hardship – Hardships and difficulties are common to both Christians and non-Christians alike, the difference being persecution and our perspective on evil. We see rebellion against God as evil, but we don’t see adversity as evil but something we must endure. God has His reasons for allowing us to suffer. The difficulties that come to us in our lives are for the purpose of testing us, not just to see if we are worthy of eternal life, but also to see if we are worthy of the many rewards that we will receive in heaven. Therefore, to the degree that we are tested in this life is the degree to which we can be sure that hardship and difficulties will not exist in heaven. God allows the circumstances of this life to test us now, because there won’t be another opportunity to test us. This is the only time that God has to show us the detrimental and caustic effects of sin. One day God will round up all sin and cast it into hell, so nothing godless or evil will harm His kingdom. He can test us and we can fail, and we can get up and forge ahead; we are not evil for failing, but are rewarded for remaining faithful. At the end of the age, God will cast our failures into the pit of forgetfulness and burn our faithfulness into our resurrected bodies and make them a permanent feature of ourselves for all to see. So, the ultimate lesson for us will be that sin is a complete waste. The consequences for doing evil will be absent, but the rewards for doing righteousness in His name will remain forever. This will help us understand in eternity why we serve Him.

(242d) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting God >> Persecuting righteousness -- These verses go with verses 3&4

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1Pet 4,12-14

(113h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointed through obedience – If we are being persecuted, it is because of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, but more than that; we are being persecuted because we have permitted the Holy Spirit to manifest though us. Jesus spoke in detail about the Holy Spirit who would come to dwell within the believer, which defines our salvation, but there is a difference between that and the Holy Spirit “resting upon us,” which is the outward manifestation of our salvation, called the anointing. In one instance He dwells in us, and the other instance He rests upon our outward form, one being the cause of the other. God earnestly longs for us to cultivate throughout our lives a willingness and ability to manifest the Kingdom of God through the members of our bodies, not just in the form of good works, but also through the spiritual manifestation of the anointing. We are to let our good works be smeared with the substance of the anointing, and to let His manifested Holy Spirit become visible through our good works. However, be warned, we will be persecuted for manifesting the Kingdom of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. The anointing is the number one cause of persecution in the world, when they see that the Spirit of God not only dwells in us, but also rests upon us. The Bible testified that at Jesus' baptism, the Spirit rested upon Him like a dove, suggesting that Jesus never did anything to chase away His anointing throughout His 3 1/2 year ministry. So, when the world sees that we are unwilling to do anything to chase away our anointing, they will immediately see that we are different and persecute us for it.

1Pet 4-12,13

(45a) Judgment >> God judges us for not judging ourselves >> Preparing for believer’s judgment -- These verses go with verses 17-19. Peter is reminding us to make sure that our suffering is from a good cause and not as a consequence of doing evil. God takes credit for our persecution, calling it a form of judgment. God actually uses the world’s persecution to purify and glorify His people, but at the same time uses their persecution as a barometer to calibrate the degree of judgment that He should impose on the world. “If it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” 

(108k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelation of Jesus Christ >> Revelation of the glory of God

(114f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Receiving a revelation from God through obedience -- These verses go with verse 19

(121c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Hope is the expectation to receive >> Expectation based on hope There are many levels of faith. There is the level of simply believing like we would believe a chair would support us if we sat on it. Then there is the level of believing that there is reward for denying ourselves the sinful pleasures of this life. We can believe there are rewards, but unless we actually deny ourselves, our believing is just a mental exercise. Finally, we arrive at true faith when we obey the Scriptures that lead to the Holy Spirit, and if we obey Him, we will receive a revelation from heaven, and if we obey that, faith will have finally come to fruition as we come into possession of something that originated from heaven.

(125c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of investing in the kingdom >> Investing in a life of adversity – We serve the Lord as a means of preparing for the moment we meet Jesus for the first time. A life of service will be worth it. This makes the Christian and the drug addict mirror images of each other. What we see in the drug addict is a Christian in reverse. The drug addict thinks just the opposite of the Christian; he throws away everything for his drug of choice and spends the rest of his life chasing after a moment of pleasure that he will never find. In contrast, the Christian takes the best of himself and offers it to God in order to secure that first moment he sets his eyes on Jesus. The drug addict takes his moment now and faces the consequences for the rest of his life, which will follow him into eternity. Conversely, the Christian sacrifices his whole life now for the sake of the next life, whose euphoria will increase throughout eternity.

(175k) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorant of what God means >> Ignorant of the meaning of God’s works

(230h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Obey the mystery of godliness like Jesus did

(233k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory through hardship -- These verses go with verses 16-19

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13-16 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. 

 

1Pet 4-13

(226h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> Levels of reward >> God rewards us to the degree of our faithfulness

1Pet 4-14 

(67j) Authority >> Jesus delegates authority >> Glorifying the name of Jesus -- This verse goes with verse 16

(112j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Being in the presence of truth

1Pet 4-15

(24k) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anger >> Unforgiveness

(25h) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Thief >> Stealing from some one

(84h) Thy kingdom come >> Words of your mouth >> Gossip >> Attacking a person’s character

(194e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Condemning sin >> Hate evil by being innocent of it -- This verse goes with verse 3. Before God rids us of sin He wants to test us to see what we are willing to do. It is not for His sake that He tests us, but for ours and for the devil’s sake. We forget about the devil, yet he plays a critical role; if he is not directly involved in the testing process, then he is involved in the results. God uses us to condemn the devil. Remember, the devil was tempted many ages ago and condemned himself trying to take God’s throne. Ever since, God has been teaching him that he didn’t have to make that decision, yet the devil believes in his heart that he didn’t have a choice; thus the devil wants to place the blame on God for his own actions. Therefore, God uses us to prove to the devil that His creation does in fact have the option to choose righteousness and that the devil made the wrong choice, and what he did was his fault, and he needs to own it. The amazing thing about God is that he cares immensely what His creation thinks about Him, even the devil, not that God has a fragile ego, but that God is a master educator and is teaching everyone about Himself and uses the devil to do this, making an example of him to the rest of all creation. While He proves Himself to the devil, He is also proving Himself to the rest of His creation, who is watching, so that everyone can learn from the devil’s poor example, and so God tests us too. He tested Job and now we have his example to encourage us to remain faithful in trying times. Likewise, God uses us to teach all creation the consequences of rebellion and the rewards of faithfulness. Our opinion matters to Him. God thinks about everything in relation to how it will reflect in eternity.

1Pet 4,16-19

(233k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Seek His glory without wavering >> Seek His glory through hardship -- These verses go with verses 1&2

1Pet 4-16

(67j) Authority >> Jesus delegates authority >> Glorifying the name of Jesus -- This verse goes with verse 14

(122j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Boldness in adverse circumstances >> Do the will of God in the face of adversity

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17-19 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

 

1Pet 4,17-19

(2o) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Quit sinning

(11c) Servant >> Standard for a servant >> Freedom – the Church throughout the centuries has known very little of Christ’s freedom, mostly because people have never understood it; in fact, without comprehending freedom they never understood the gospel. Part of the problem is incentive. There is such a cost in freedom; they don’t know why they would bother. Freedom is like buying a cruise ship; it costs tens of millions of dollars; and what would we do with it if we had one? It is the same with freedom; if we don’t have plans on using it, why bother owning it? Hence, without unity there is no cause for freedom. Unity hires all the hands and performs all the necessary duties and attracts all the customers to this luxury liner. Therefore, before anyone seeks freedom they need to know beforehand what they would do with it, and when they see the Church in a heap, they decline the offer. We can see the application to freedom from unity in the Church, but where unity is lacking there is no vision of freedom. We use our freedom to minister to people in the Church, but we can’t go to church and expect to minister to anybody. This privilege is delegated to a select few theoretically to protect their doctrines, but their selection process that determines who will minister is just as skewed as their doctrines. We can have a church full of heaven-bound Christians who believe in Jesus well enough, but if they are not united, they are more like individual bricks strewn about the ground, not fitted together to make a church. We need to seek unity, because in that state we will find the application to freedom. Paul said in Gal 5-1 that freedom is the goal of our faith, even as unity is the goal of Christ (Jn 17-23).

(21d) Sin >> Disobedience will condemn you to hell

(39k) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated the law of sin

(40l) Judgment >> God is glorified >> God defends His righteousness through judgment – Peter said that judgment must begin first with the household of God. This applies to the here and now and to every generation that has ever lived, and it especially applies to the last days in terms of endtime prophecy when judgment is prophesied to fall upon this world. God intends to judge his church first, and that judgment will happen during the first five seals, which is coined as Satan’s wrath, suggesting that when Jesus called us the salt of the earth, a preservative that also enhances taste, He was implying that the main purpose of the Church was to keep a lid on sin in the world, while seasoning their message with grace. Although the first five seals are not specifically aimed at the Church it will be God’s perspective that this will be a judgment against the Church, meaning that for every person of the world who dies as a result of the first five seals, God will charge their blood against the Church. This is the degree to which God intends to judge His people in the last days, allowing Satan to take peace from the earth that men should slay one, and allowing abject poverty so severe that people will starve to death. This will come after the world economy crashes and people will not be able to buy food for themselves, and from sword and famine and pestilence and from the wild beasts of the earth. All these plagues will cause deaths ranging in the millions. Their deaths will be charged against the Church by determining the number of Christians who will deny the faith, constituting the five foolish virgins, half the known church today, many of whom currently attend churches all across America and throughout the world. The five wise virgins, in contrast, are those who wake up and participate in the great endtime revival led by the Jews, and God will add to their numbers a massive influx of souls. Those who refuse to assimilate into this endtime revival will label it the work of Satan, and they will blaspheme, consequently losing their souls. They will lose their hope of eternal life once they take the mark of the beast for the sake of food. Satan’s wrath will come to pass from the Church's complacency, from their unwillingness to become the salt of the earth and from their godless religion.

(45a) Judgment >> God judges us for not judging ourselves >> Preparing for believer’s judgment -- These verses go with verses 5&6. Peter said that in the last days judgment will come to the Church before it comes to the world. This flies in the face of the grace teaching that we hear today. They say, ‘God will not judge us because of His grace!’ What is Peter saying then? The grace of God itself is a type of judgment. God judged the sin of the world through His Son, and by that He has forgiven us and set us free from the sentence of eternal damnation. Therefore, if grace has its roots in judgment, then it shouldn’t surprise us if God judges His people through His grace. He will require us to seek freedom from our sinful habits in the last days. Freedom has always been His standard throughout the centuries, yet bondage has always been the rule. God intends to judge His people and cause them to repent, so He can impart His gifts into us that we might minister to the body of Christ to affect unity. This was the way of the Church in Peter’s day; there was genuine unity and incentive for freedom, but after 2000 years of disobedience, the freedom of Christ and its incentives have eroded to a mere nub. However, God will demand that we obey Him again and seek freedom from our fleshly bonds, and if we refuse to seek the freedom of Christ, He will pass over us. This Passover is opposite the original Passover when God judged the Egyptians. He passed over the houses with blood on the doorpost; so in the last days, when blessing the Church with His grace, God will pass over those who have rejected His purpose to be free from the bondage of sin.

(48b) Judgment >> Eternal judgment >> God eternal judgment on the world

(88h) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the sovereign hand of God on your life

(98m) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> Endurance invites the judgment of God – ‘Suffering the will of God’ and ‘entrusting our souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right’ will be God’s expectation of us. We will need to trust Him, for if we try to save our own lives, we will end up losing everything as Jesus said in Mat 16-25, “Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” In the last days these words will take on a literal meaning, for those who seek to live in this world will die trying to save their lives. God has a plan to protect His people. We can dig our doomsday prepper holes and live like animals, but it will unlikely protect us for 3˝ years. We need to surrender our ideas to God and integrate into His plan and recognize from the start that Peter promises suffering if we do it God’s way, and in the end we will inherit eternal life. We cannot have endurance without suffering any more than an ocean can exist without water. Endurance intrinsically brings about suffering, no matter what it is we endure. Endurance is always difficult otherwise it wouldn’t be endurance. We will suffer in the last days, and if we follow God’s plan, we will get through those days without a scratch (Lk 21,16-19), but if we go with our own plan, we will be judged along with the world.

(103k) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God purifies His church >> Jesus purifies His people – The last days will be hell on earth for the sinner, but God has plans to protect His faithful ones, though there will be martyrs. There always were martyrs throughout the ages, and in the last days there will be more than ever, yet they will only represent a small fraction of Christians alive on the earth at the time of the end when the antichrist spills his rage on the earth. God has a plan to protect us, just as He had a plan to protect Israel during his judgments against the pharaoh of Egypt by commanding them to remain in the land of Goshen. Had they left this land, their blood would have been on their own hands; likewise, had they failed to paint the doorpost with blood of the Passover lamb the night God smote the firstborn throughout the land of Egypt, their blood would have been on their own hands. This land of Goshen is the wilderness, mentioned in Revelation chapter 12. There God will nurture His people for 3˝ years from the presence of the serpent at the same time that God’s trumpets will blow in the devil’s ears, and there will be seven judgments that will rattle his kingdom to its foundation. At the sixth trumpet there will be little left of his kingdom, and at the last trumpet He will Rapture His Church.

(136j) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Body of Christ is the temple of God

(157e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Being displeasing to God >> Walking in disobedience

(209f) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Righteous saved with difficulty >> Righteous saved with hardship >> Righteous saved with grief – God demands that we show Him a little endurance, and when He sees us enduring our trials and temptations, in due time He will impart to us a supernatural ability to endure them. 1Pet 5-10 says, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” However, If we refuse to relinquish our fetish sins to Christ, He will judge us along with the world. 1Cor 11-31,32 says, “If we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.” So we see that there are two judgments that are coming in the last days: one to the Church and the other to the world. The Church will not receive the judgment that God will impose on the world; instead, those who believe in Jesus will receive the judgment of God’s grace and mercy, demanding that we become free, but if we don’t accept His freedom, He will judge us along with the world. This flies in the face of grace teachers who think their doctrines make them immune to God’s judgment. God’s expectation upon His people in the last days will increase exponentially. For the last 2000 years God has given His word and commanded us to obey it, and we have given ourselves freedom to choose not to obey, believing there will be no consequences. Most people would prefer to simply believe in a set of doctrines rather than to obey the Lord. However, the Church will receive an ultimatum in the last days to either do what He says or lose His protection from the antichrist that is coming. God played Patty-Cake with the Church for 2000 years, and now it is time to finally do His will. He will want to use us to help topple the devil’s empire. He has plans to reveal Himself to the world through us in the last days so millions of people can be saved from the darkness that is coming.

(218b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to rebellion

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(214j) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s time is soon >> God’s time is always now

(250g) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Spiritual then the natural (anointing then miracles)

1Pet 4-18

(209c) Righteous Saved With Difficulty (Key verse)

1Pet 4-19

(92a) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> The good works that He prepared for us

(102h) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Trustworthy >> Loyalty

(114f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Receiving a revelation from God through obedience -- This verse goes with verses 12&13

(127h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Doing good is the will of God

(144b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of the cross

(212a) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> The creation exemplifies God’s sovereignty

(247k) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> We play our part in the will of God >> Doing the will of God

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