LAB121 Does God Will Sin Done Against Us?
1 Peter 3:17
LAB121 God Wills Sin Done Against Us Without Sinning
Published June 28th, 2016
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God Does Will Sin Done Against Us
1 Peter 3:17
For l it is better to suffer for doing good,
It is better to suffer for doing good, even in the midst of unjust circumstances because 1) opponents may glorify God one day (1 Peter 2:12), 2) our faith may be made perfect (1 Peter 1:6-7), 3) God is glorified through our steadfast suffering (1 Peter 4:16)
if that should be God’s will,
God does will the opposition against His own people. See Acts 4:27 - 28. God does so without sinning, for He remains holy and righteous.
than for doing evil.
The alternative to us suffering for good, is to do evil. This is a frightful alternative. Unless we respond with good (gentleness, good conscience, out of fear of God alone), we will fall into evil. Our sense of fighting evil or injustice apart from doing good, will ultimately lead us into fallenness, straying away from God.
Study Questions 1. Explain the “For” (or “Because”) at the beginning of 1 Peter 3:17 . How does what comes after the “For” support or explain what comes before it? Because it is better to suffer for doing good if this is God's will, than to do evil Therefore it is better to do 1 Peter 3:13-17, that is, responding well in the midst of suffering unjustly 2. Does 1 Peter 3:17 say that God wills the suffering of his children? If so, how might you explain this to someone struggling to believe that? Think of other verses to support the answer you give. God does will the suffering of His children sometimes for doing good. This suffering consists of being reviled and slandered. It is suffering as a result of thers sinning against us. 1 Peter 4:19: to do good while entrusting our souls to our Creator 1 Peter 2:12: Purpose #1 that those reviling may ultimately glorify God after being ashamed and silenced 1 Peter 1:6-7 Purpose #2 Suffering grieves us so that our true faith may be made pure and result in praise, glory and honour when Christ returns 1 Peter 4:16 Purpose #3 God is glorified by the "steadfast suffering of His people" 3. Read the prayer of the Christian community in Acts 4:27–28 . How does this description of the cross help us understand God’s sovereignty in sins done against us? There were four groups of those who sinned against Jesus: Herod, Pontius Pilate, Gentiles, and the people of Israel God wills the sin happening without He sinning, as He is holy.