1 Peter 4:1-11

1 Peter 4:1-11 … This passage follows Peter’s call to godly living (in the third chapter) and uniquely calls for the believer to separate himself or herself from the ways of the world. The world wants you in its mold and the message here is that our thoughts and the direction of our lives ought to be striving toward the will of God. Verse 2, on living the rest of our lives, reminds us that no matter where we are in life, the time is short. None of us knows the length of our own life; it could be long or short, but regardless, we don’t want any of it wasted. So the commitment of the “rest of our lives” is very important indeed.

1 Peter 4:6 has challenged scholars as they seek the right interpretation. I believe the expression “preached to those who are dead” refers to those who have not been born again, who are spiritually dead. That view is more consistent with the whole counsel of Scripture.

The admonitions that follow, in verses 7-11, give encouragement to the godly living that Peter has talked about throughout this short and very practical letter. It’s amazing how this actual letter written to first century believers timelessly extends into our own age with tremendous relevance.

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