Have you ever lived with a roommate that puts you down? Let’s say you’re a crummy student and you get a Phi Beta Kappa as a roommate. Now that’s rather threatening, isn’t it? And let’s say you are not disciplined, but your roommate has discipline as his middle name. Let’s say … More
Charles Spurgeon used to say, “Little faith will take your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” In other words anyone can long for heaven when they are going through times of suffering. What Peter urged his readers to do was to apply love, faith and rejoicing so they could experience some of heaven’s glory now in the midst of suffering. As we obey Him and experience trials, we are being prepared for glory.
Both suffering and glory were foretold and it has been written that glory cannot be experienced apart from suffering (Luke 18:31-33). The Jews of that day truly knew what it was to suffer. They were misunderstood and many people thought of them as anti-government and anti-society. One must have an understanding of this fact in order to fully understand I Peter. Peter’s readers needed encouragement and they needed to be reminded of the basic certainties of God’s promises. The same is true today. In times of trial we can turn to the Bible and find all that we need for encouragement and strength.
Angels have an interest in the work of God among men on the earth even though they have no part in the plan of salvation (v. 12). In Luke 15:10 we find that the angels rejoice when a sinner repents. This is only accomplished as we allow the Holy Spirit to control our thoughts and actions.
What have the angels learned recently from my actions? Are they rejoicing over the things I am allowing the Holy Spirit to control?
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I Peter 1:1-8Our Guaranteed Reservation in Heaven
I Peter 1:9-12Experience Heaven’s Glory in the Midst of Suffering
I Peter 1:13-16Living a Disciplined Life in Christ
I Peter 1:17-21It is the Blood That Sets Us Free
I Peter 1:22-25True Love is Easily Seen
I Peter 2:1-3Children in God’s Family
I Peter 2:4-8Stones in God’s Temple
I Peter 2:9-10Who Christ Says we are as Christians
I Peter 2:11-12As a Believer we do not Belong to This World
I Peter 2:13-17Submission to Government
I Peter 2:18-20Submission to Masters
I Peter 2:21-23We Are to Emulate Christ’s Example
I Peter 2:24-25Peter Takes Us to the Cross
I Peter 3:1-6How Christian Wives can Win Unsaved Husbands
I Peter 3:7-7Admonition for Christian Husbands
I Peter 3:8-9Sharing in the Joy of Others
I Peter 3:10-12How to Have a Really Good Day
I Peter 3:13-17Always be Ready to Witness
I Peter 3:18-22Be Faithful and Leave the Results to God
I Peter 4:1-6Following Christ May Bring Persecution
I Peter 4:7-11Hospitality Includes Ministering to One another
I Peter 4:12-14Every Christian can Expect Persecution
I Peter 4:15-19Suffering for God’s Glory