LAB134 Do You Want What God Wants?
1 Peter 4:2
LAB 134 Living for Godly Passions
Published October 3rd, 2016
Main point summary
The Errors of Mis-Reading a Text
1 Peter 4:2
d so as to live for e the rest of the time
Before this verse, Peter was encouraging his readers to think the same way as Christ, so that whoever has suffered in the flesh and has ceased from sin.
in the flesh
Error 1: placing a definition into the wrong context: "in the flesh" has been known to refer to being sinful, e.g. Romans 8:12-13. But in the context of this letter, and the verse before, it cannot mean living in sin, but must mean living a human life. For 1 Peter 4:1 cannot mean that Christ, who suffered in the flesh, suffered by being in sin.
f no longer for human passions
Error 2: coming to the wrong conclusion : or as I heard once, "coming to the wrong concussion." In Peter placing this negative phrase "human passions" next to the positive "will of God", we may think that to live for the will of God must mean that we are not to have any human passions whatsoever. But 1 Peter 1:13, 4:13 encourages positive human passions of hope and rejoicing.
but g for the will of God.
The will of God therefore is not devoid of any human passions but of the passions that are not consistent with His will.
Study Questions: 1. How does the Bible discuss the will of God? Can you think of other texts that mention it? This is such a huge question. I will just pick one example. Romans 12: 1-2: The will of God is good, acceptable and perfect The will of God must be discerned by us In order to discern it, my mind must be renewed and my self transformed 2. In 1 Peter 4:2 we are told to no longer live for human passions. Does this mean all of our desires should be forsaken? No, it means our fallen, ungodly desires should be forsaken. But our godly passions are affirmed 3. What might it look like for you to practically live for the will of God? Which human desires do you need to cease living for? In the context of this verse, I am to live no longer for fallen human passions One human passion I need to cease living for is ungodly, faithless, unbelieving, worry.