The last part of the verse (whoever … with sin) is probably a proverbial saying, similar to Romans 6:7: “When a person dies he is set free from the power of sin” (TEV). The power of sin has been broken. - If God brings such trials upon us who have obeyed his gospel, what have we not reason to suppose he will bring upon those who are yet in their sins? Accepting that the statement specifies a reason, some understand it as a strand of Jewish thought that portrays physical suffering, if rightly borne, as that which can purify the sufferer from sin (which has its seat in the flesh). Since Christ has suffered in the flesh - Here Peter is saying that Christ has died as a Man, that He was crucified and died. Conversion makes us sometimes painfully aware of two different types of life, one set on self's will and the other on God's will. Lord, help us to redeem the time Do not wait until tomorrow; —Sper Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. See the word explained in the notes at 1 Timothy 3:2. Life is short. Redeemed by the blood of His Son, and renewed by His Spirit after the image of Him who erected us, we may still go to Him as our Creator, and may pray that even yet the high and noble ends for which we were made may be accomplished in us. It is the only view that adequately explains the singular form of the second participle. The righteous man ploughs the furrows of earth, and sows a harvest here, which shall never be fully reaped till he enters the enjoyments of eternity; but as for the wicked, he ploughs the sea, and though there may seem to be a shining trail behind his keel, yet the waves shall pass over it, and the place that knew him shall know him no more for ever. Well, since I’m no musician, I have an instrument with only one string on it, and it is this: You need the total Word of God—not just a few little verses to draw out some little legalistic system by which to live the Christian life. Epis. On the meaning of the word riot, see the Ephesians 5:18 note; Titus 1:6 note. That (hina) expresses the purpose of the gospel having been preached to those who are now dead. 6:16-17). Ezekiel 18:30 "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct," declares the Lord GOD. Most of NT uses of euaggelizo are translated "preach" or "preach the gospel," whichever fits more smoothly into the context. We cannot choose the way we shall suffer. "The young Scot made one major change in his daily round of study and athletic practice; he dropped his customary nightly discussion with his classmates. 3:18; 7:1; Gal. But the more obvious reference is to Christians, spoken of as the house or family of God. Life is short. (Swindoll's Living Insights New Testament Commentary – James, 1 & 2 Peter). The whole point is that as believers follow Christ's example of suffering, so too, His example of victory over sin. Don’t … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 Peter 4:12-19" (Study Bible). And abominable idolatries - Literally, unlawful idolatries; that is, unlawful to the Jews, or forbidden by their laws. Jesus in warning disciples about excessive care (anxiety) for the future says the cares of the day was sufficient (Mt 6:34). Imagine trying to see that marvelous city in one day! The reference is, doubtless, to some fearful calamity which would primarily fall on the “house of God;” that is, to some form of persecution which was to be let loose upon the church. The kindred verb occurs in the Septuagint, Deut. Greek: eis to meketi anthropon epithumiais alla thelemati theou ton epiloipon en sarki biosai (AAN) chronon. (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. Banquetings - The word used here ( πότος potos) occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. (3) Taking the verb with a passive sense, the expression may have the meaning of having been delivered from the power of sin. (a) They made a fair trial - many of them with ample opportunities; with abundant wealth; with all that the fashionable world can furnish; with all that can be derived from low and gross indulgences. He may soon die - and at whatever period of life anyone may be who is living in sin, we may say to him that he has already wasted enough of life; he has thrown away enough of probation in a fruitless attempt to find happiness where it can never be found. They wonder at this as something unusual. Doing this, we shall find Him as true to that purpose as though we had never sinned. It can push us closer to God and deeper into His Word. different from those who are not Christians.