Friday, February 28, 2014

1 Peter 4:12-5:14 · Resist the Devil - Steve Gregg




In this last session on 1 Peter, Steve covers the topics of persecution and suffering for Christ's sake, instructions for overseers of the church, and resisting the devil during times of tempation.

1 Peter 4:12-5:14


New King James Version (NKJV)

Suffering for God’s Glory


12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 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. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.[a] On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.[b]

17 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? 18 Now
“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”[c]
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

Shepherd the Flock


The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,[d] not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

Submit to God, Resist the Devil


Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.”[e]
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because[f] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[g] the God of all grace, who called us[h] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.


Farewell and Peace


12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.

13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.

Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 4:14 NU-Text omits the rest of this verse.
  2. 1 Peter 4:16 NU-Text reads name.
  3. 1 Peter 4:18 Proverbs 11:31
  4. 1 Peter 5:2 NU-Text adds according to God.
  5. 1 Peter 5:5 Proverbs 3:34
  6. 1 Peter 5:8 NU-Text and M-Text omit because.
  7. 1 Peter 5:10 NU-Text reads But the God of all grace . . . will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
  8. 1 Peter 5:10 NU-Text and M-Text read you.

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

Thursday, February 27, 2014

1 Peter 4:1-11 · Turn from Evil and Serve God · Steve Gregg




1 Peter 4:1-11


New King James Version (NKJV)

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us[a] 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[b] 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.

Serving for God’s Glory


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.”[c] Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 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. Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 4:1 NU-Text omits for us.
  2. 1 Peter 4:3 NU-Text reads time.
  3. 1 Peter 4:8 Proverbs 10:12
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

1 Peter 3:8-22 - Defending the Faith - Steve Gregg



Peter teaches us we should be loving and  never repay evil for evil and that we should always be able to give a reason for hope that we have in Jesus Christ. This can range from giving evidence for the resurrection and creation to the existence of God, etc. But it's primary meaning is that we testify to what has done or is doing in our lives.

1 Peter 3:8-22


New King James Version (NKJV)

Called to Blessing


Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;[a] not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For
“He who would love lifeAnd see good days,Let him refrain his tongue from evil,And his lips from speaking deceit.11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;Let him seek peace and pursue it.12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,And His ears are open to their prayers;But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[b]

Suffering for Right and Wrong


13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”[c] 15 But sanctify the Lord God[d] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.


Christ’s Suffering and Ours


18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[e] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[f] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.


Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:8 NU-Text reads humble.
  2. 1 Peter 3:12 Psalm 34:12–16
  3. 1 Peter 3:14 Isaiah 8:12
  4. 1 Peter 3:15 NU-Text reads Christ as Lord.
  5. 1 Peter 3:18 NU-Text and M-Text read you.
  6. 1 Peter 3:20 NU-Text and M-Text read when the longsuffering of God waited patiently.

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc


Monday, February 24, 2014

1 Peter 2:24-3:7 - Physical Healing Not in the Atonement - Steve Gregg



Steve Gregg shows clearly from the biblical context that Jesus did not suffer or die for our physical healing, but for our spiritual healing. The rest of this passage admonishes women to submit to their husbands and directs husbands to honor their wives.

1 Peter 2:24-3:7


New King James Version (NKJV)

24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer[a] of your souls.

Submission to Husbands


Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.

A Word to Husbands


Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.


Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:25 Greek Episkopos

Isaiah 53:3-6


New King James Version (NKJV)

He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Friday, February 21, 2014

1 Peter 2:11-23 · Submission to Authorities - Steve Gregg





1 Peter 2:11-23


New King James Version (NKJV)

Living Before the World


11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.


Submission to Government


13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Submission to Masters


18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us,[a] leaving us[b] an example, that you should follow His steps:
22 “Who committed no sin,Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; [c]
23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:21 NU-Text reads you.
  2. 1 Peter 2:21 NU-Text and M-Text read you.
  3. 1 Peter 2:22 Isaiah 53:9

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

1 Peter 2:1-10 - The Church is a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation · Steve Gregg




After speaking of young or immature Christians' need to grow through the Word of God, Peter explains that the Body of Christ is a holy nation, among other things, terms that were applied to Israel in the Old Testament.

1 Peter 2:1-10


New King James Version (NKJV)

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,[a] if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People


Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in ZionA chief cornerstone, elect, precious,And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”[b]
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,[c]
“The stone which the builders rejectedHas become the chief cornerstone,”[d]
and
“A stone of stumblingAnd a rock of offense.”[e]
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.


Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:2 NU-Text adds up to salvation.
  2. 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16
  3. 1 Peter 2:7 NU-Text reads to those who disbelieve.
  4. 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22
  5. 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1 Peter 1:18-25 · Christ Foreordained from Foundation of the World - Steve Gregg



Verses 18-21 speak of the fact that sending Jesus to die on the cross for our sins was always in God's plan. VV 22-25 are about Christians being born again and becoming a new creation.

1 Peter 1:18-25


New King James Version (NKJV)

18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.


The Enduring Word


22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[a] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,[b] 24 because
“All flesh is as grass,And all the glory of man[c] as the flower of the grass.The grass withers,And its flower falls away,25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”[d]
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 1:22 NU-Text omits through the Spirit.
  2. 1 Peter 1:23 NU-Text omits forever.
  3. 1 Peter 1:24 NU-Text reads all its glory.
  4. 1 Peter 1:25 Isaiah 40:6–8

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