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Jeannie Koh
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LAB184 The Future Hope for Suffering
1 Peter 5:10-11
LAB182 The Art of War Part 2
1 Peter 5:8-10
LAB181 The Art of War Part 1
1 Peter 5:8-9
The Tale of Two Covenants
Hebrews 8:1-9:10
LAB180 Ways to cross-reference to understand a passage rightly
1 Peter 5:8-9
LAB177 God's Grace means I just sit back and relax? Hah! Think Again!!
1 Peter 5:7-9
LAB176 Three Ways to Fight Anxiety
1 Peter 5:7-8
LAB175 Why Romans 5:21 refers to imputed righteousness
Romans 5:20-6:2
LAB174 God relieves the humble of their fears
1 Peter 5:6-7
LAB170 Reading the passage supernaturally
1 Peter 5:2-3
LAB168 Reading Narratives to See Truths
Acts 16:19-31
LAB165 The Surpassing Wonder of the Truth of Election
Acts 13:46-49
LAB165 The Importance of Forming a Worldview
1 Peter 4:12-19
LAB161 Divine Conception and the Joyful Purpose of Christ's Arrival
Matthew 1:18-25
LAB160 The Ground for Seeking Purity of Faith in Suffering
1 Peter 4:17-18
LAB159 Seven Ways God honours us so we don't have to be ashamed for being Christians
1 Peter 4:16
LAB158 A Simple Verse With More Than Meets The Eye
1 Peter 4:15
LAB157 God Gives Us A Taste of Future Glory Now
1 Peter 4:14
LAB156 A Tale of Two Joys
1 Peter 4:13
LAB155 Using Word Searches to Understand Persecution in Peter
1 Peter 4:12
LAB154 Complaining in the right spirit
Jeremiah 12:1
LAB153 Don't Miss the Wonder of an Introduction
Galatians 1:3-5
Ask Questions to Reveal the Text's Dense Logic
1 Peter 4:10-11
LAB150 The Jigsaw Puzzle of Change
2 Corinthians 3:15-18
LAB148 Mine Within the Immediate Context First
1 Peter 4:10
LAB147 To See Requires God's Extraordinary Power
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
LAB146 Using varied contexts to understand godly hospitality
1 Peter 4:9
LAB145 How love helps cover sins by others
1 Peter 4:8
LAB144 The Levels of A Doxology
Romans 11:33-36
LAB143 Using Search Tool for Big Ideas like "Last Days"
1 Peter 4:7
LAB142 Praying after God's WORD when dealing with sin
Psalms 19:12-13
LAB141 Ground, Context and Logic to Determine Who the Dead are
1 Peter 4:6
LAB139 Holiness defined by context, in part
1 Thessalonians 4:11-13
LAB138 The Inference that Leads to Meaningful Work
1 Corinthians 15:58
LAB137 The Ground For Not Boasting in Men
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
LAB136 What baptism has to do with salvation
1 Peter 3:21-22
LAB135 Show the World A Life Worth Living
1 Peter 4:3-4
LAB 134 Living for Godly Passions
1 Peter 4:2
LAB133 Who Are The Antichrists
1 John 2:18-19
LAB132 Christ died to make us dead to sin
1 Peter 4:1
LAB131 Can a True Christian Fall Away from God?
1 John 2:19
LAB130 Decrypting Confusing Bible Verses
1 Peter 3:19-20
LAB 129 It is the LORD who raises us up after we fall into sin
Micah 7:7-9
LAB128 Jesus Came to Ultimately Glorify God
Romans 15:8-9
LAB127 The Prayer for Fearless Contentment
Philippians 4:6-7
LAB126 No Other God
Deuteronomy 33:26-27
LAB125 How the OT Promises is Ours
Isaiah 41:10
LAB124 Prepare Your Heart for Cancer
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
LAB123 The Cross is to Bring Us to God
1 Peter 3:18
LAB122 The Keys to Knowing How to Live
Psalms 100:1-5
LAB121  God Wills Sin Done Against Us Without Sinning
1 Peter 3:17
LAB120 Meditating on the Word
James 3:17-18
LAB119 Treasure Jesus More than Safety
1 Peter 3:14-16
LAB118 God's blessings in suffering
1 Peter 3:14
LAB117 Sovereign God May Harm Us for Ultimate Good
1 Peter 3:13
LAB116 Love Your Enemies for Your Own Sake
1 Peter 3:9-12
LAB115 The Heart of the Christian Faith
Colossians 2:13-14
LAB114 How can we bless those who revile us?
1 Peter 3:8-9
LAB113 God Blesses Us to Bless the World
Psalms 67:1-7
LAB112 Election Gives Evangelism Power
2 Timothy 2:8-10
LAB111 Do Not Diminish God's Love for You
1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
LAB110 Your Prayers Hang on Your Marriage
1 Peter 3:7
LAB 109 Believe God more than my pain and loss
John 11:1-6
LAB108 The Saving Power of a Fearless Wife
1 Peter 3:1-6
LAB107 Saved by Grace But Not Without War
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Only by Christ's atonement and substitution, will I be able to follow Christ's example of doing good in responding to evil
1 Peter 2:21-25
God's Wise Sayings are delightfully trustworthy
Proverbs 22:17-19
God is Faithful to Himself Above All Else
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Do good when mistreated, keeping God and His reward in mind.
1 Peter 2:18-20
LAB102 Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven
1 Peter 2:13-17
LAB101 Holy God became like us
Philippians 2:3-8
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LAB140 God Will Deal With Your Enemies
1 Peter 4:5
LAB140 Loving Enemies and Trusting God's Justice
Published November 17th, 2016; Updated November 17th, 2016
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Working Notes
The Tension of doing good and hoping in God's justice
Working Notes
LAB Notes Refer to The Questions (expanded from the given study questions) Knowing that God will judge our enemies, are we to take comfort in this? Would this be unloving? Isn't there a tension between doing good and loving our enemies, and taking comfort in God's judgement? What is Jesus' example? Are we to follow Jesus here since He is God and we are not? The answers to these are found in the phrasing module "Answering the Questions" below. A Personal Process of Answering the Question ( based and expanded upon LAB) I'm very grateful for this LAB as it is personally applicable. I find each LAB and passage brings out different tools and processes to look at the different passages in the Book. Here I approached this passage this way: Identify the main question: how do we reconcile loving enemies and taking comfort in God's vengeance? Raise associated questions (see above under "The Questions") Answer the questions tentatively, using my own cross reference where possible Look at the LAB study questions Look at LAB video Learn from things I overlooked Expand other thoughts inspired by LAB video Come to some working conclusions to guide me in the present Pray in thanksgiving and requests, asking, seeking, knocking to apply these truths to my life Observations and Lessons It would take too long to go through each item above. But here are some highlights: I love the way Dr Piper prays for help before launching into the text. I need to do this always. Things that I glance through and dismiss as too simple and silly, Dr Piper notices, pauses and works through ideas and thoughts. I need to regard and value these things that initially seem too small to me Asking the question "what did Jesus do, and then extending this to am I to follow Jesus in this regard" is also key. For this reminds me that while I am to follow Jesus, I cannot be like Jesus in all things (e.g. His divnity) There is an emotional tension between loving enemies and being comforted by God's justice. These seem to pull us into two opposite and contrary directions. This tension requires us to dig deeper, struggle with it, and ask how these two opposing thoughts can co-exist, can be complementary, can be held in tension with each other. It is similar to another large and difficult tension: the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man. Working Conclusions Here are my working conclusions that for now I can apply: Yes I am to take comfort and refuge in God's vengeance and justice, as Jesus did. This is because this is how other passages exhort us to do. Doing the above is not contrary to loving my enemies, but because of God's justice, I can be free to love my enemies as Jesus did.
The Tension of doing good and hoping in God's justice
1 Peter 4:4-5
With respect to this
The opposition that comes to those who follow Christ
they are surprised
when you do not join them
in the same flood of debauchery,
and they malign you;
but they will give account to him
The humble hope to sustain during unjust suffering
who is ready
to judge the living and the dead.
Cross References
1 Peter 2:22-23 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten,
Christ responded to evil with good
but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
In addition, Christ entrusted Himself to the Father's justice
2 Thessalonians 1:6-8 "since indeed God considers it just ito repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who odo not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus."
The Justice of God gives relief during affliction
Romans 12:19-20: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
It is for God to mete out justice, it is for us to do good to our enemies. In this way, we work together with God.
A 1 Peter 4:5 Prayer Dear God our Heavenly Father, Thank you for this lesson, from Your Word about how we can love our enemies and yet entrust ourselves to Your justice. Only through Christ, by Christ and in Christ, can we live out things that are in tension. Oh Father, work in us that we may so know intimately Your Justice and Righteousness for us to trust You when we are unfairly treated for Christ's Name sake But keep us from seeing Your Justice as a means by which we may harbour evil, hatred, and secret desire for harm. Free us to rightly see Your Judgements as that which we are to humbly and soberly accept in order in our limited capacity to be free to love enemies and leaving such conclusions to You. To live upon Your Truth is only possible if we are in Christ so seamlessly connected to this Vine that we may bear good fruit. This will be a great joy to us and a great glory to You. Oh thank You that You want this for us. We hope in Your will, Your promise Your desire, Your ability, Your wisdom, Your salvation Your sanctification. In Jesus our Messiah, who entrusted You, and in Him we do too, Amen.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.