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1 Peter 4:12
1 Peter 4:12-13
Rejoice as you share in Christ's sufferings
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Published April 29th, 2018
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Suffering is normal in a broken and fallen world and the greatest danger to believers, new and mature, is the persecution and suffering they have to endure because of their faith.  Enduring and embracing suffering is the most difficult part of being Christian, yet it is necessary to bear it with patience.  Peter knew this, and he knew that trials refine the believer’s sincerity, strength, patience, and trust in God.  When we share in Christ’s sufferings, we don’t contribute anything to his completed work of atonement, but we are identified and united with him because of them.  And because our sufferings are Christ’s, we rejoice knowing that we will participate in his glory when he comes to judge his enemies and crown his faithful servants. This is the reason why we can entrust our souls to a faithful Creator (1 Peter 4:19).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               It's important to note, though, that our faith and rejoicing isn't a "fake it 'til you make it," or "be a good little Christian and cheer up" sort of faith, but a faith that is based on our right standing with God.  Paul reminds us in Romans that it is through Christ that we "have peace with God" (5: 1) and access to him "by faith into his grace in which we stand;" a grace that no one and no thing can take from us (Rom 8:38, 39).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Paul also reminds us that the sufferings we endure produces "endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (Rom 5: 3–5). Suffering isn’t a sign that God has abandoned us.  Instead, it is a sign that his glory rests on us.  He is purifying us by driving sin from our lives (vv. 6–7) and causing us to love him and rely on him more while bringing more glory to himself (vv. 8–9), even through our heaviest, most burdensome trials.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Take courage, Beloved (and that is who you are: Beloved!).  It is true you will suffer. Pray and trust God to deal kindly with you in the midst of your sufferings and keep doing what is right.
"And Can It Be That I Should Gain"
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Beloved, do not be surprised
Ἀγαπητοί, μὴ ξενίζεσθε
at the fiery trial
τῇ ἐν ὑμῖν πυρώσει
when it comes upon you
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to test you,
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as though something strange were happening to you.
ὡς ξένου ὑμῖν συμβαίνοντος,
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings,
ἀλλὰ καθὸ κοινωνεῖτε τοῖς τοῦ Χριστοῦ παθήμασιν χαίρετε,
that you may also rejoice
ἵνα καὶ ἐν τῇ ἀποκαλύψει τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ
and be glad when his glory is revealed.
χαρῆτε ἀγαλλιώμενοι.
Ἀγαπητοί, μὴ ξενίζεσθε τῇ ἐν ὑμῖν πυρώσει πρὸς πειρασμὸν ὑμῖν γινομένῃ ὡς ξένου ὑμῖν συμβαίνοντος,
ἀλλὰ καθὸ κοινωνεῖτε τοῖς τοῦ Χριστοῦ παθήμασιν χαίρετε, ἵνα καὶ ἐν τῇ ἀποκαλύψει τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ χαρῆτε ἀγαλλιώμενοι.
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Beloved, do not be surprised at z the fiery trial
Ἀγαπητοί, μὴ ξενίζεσθε τῇ ἐν ὑμῖν πυρώσει
Beloved, (I tell you) do not be startled (amazed/bewildered) in your fiery test (ordeal)
when it comes upon you
πρὸς γινομένῃ
when ( not if ) it comes (takes place) to you
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to test you,
πειρασμὸν ὑμῖν
(for the purpose of) testing you (of your quality),
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as though something strange were happening to you.
ὡς ξένου ὑμῖν συμβαίνοντος,
as if a foreign (alien) thing is happening (befalling) to you,
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But rejoice a insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings,
ἀλλὰ καθὸ κοινωνεῖτε τοῖς τοῦ Χριστοῦ παθήμασιν χαίρετε,
but (instead) according to (your) fellowship (share in) with Christ's suffering, rejoice,
that you may also rejoice and be glad
ἵνα καὶ ἐν τῇ ἀποκαλύψει τῆς δόξης αὐτοῦ
so that also ( when , not if ) at the revealing of his glory (splendor and radiance)
b when his glory is revealed.
χαρῆτε ἀγαλλιώμενοι.
you rejoice full of joy (exultantly).
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Suffering is normal in a broken and fallen world and the greatest danger to believers, new and mature, is the persecution and suffering they have to endure because of their faith. Enduring and embracing suffering is the most difficult part of being Christian, yet it is necessary to bear it with patience. Peter knew this, and he knew that trials refine the believer’s sincerity, strength, patience, and trust in God. When we share in Christ’s sufferings, we don’t contribute anything to his completed work of atonement, but we are identified and united with him because of them. And because our sufferings are Christ’s, we rejoice knowing that we will participate in his glory when he comes to judge his enemies and crown his faithful servants. This is the reason why we can entrust our souls to a faithful Creator (1 Peter 4:19). It's important to note, though, that our faith and rejoicing isn't a "fake it 'til you make it," or "be a good little Christian and cheer up" sort of faith, but a faith that is based on our right standing with God. Paul reminds us in Romans that it is through Christ that we "have peace with God" (5: 1) and access to him "by faith into his grace in which we stand;" a grace that no one and no thing can take from us (Rom 8:38, 39). Paul also reminds us that the sufferings we endure produces "endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" (Rom 5: 3–5). Suffering isn’t a sign that God has abandoned us. Instead, it is a sign that his glory rests on us. He is purifying us by driving sin from our lives (vv. 6–7) and causing us to love him and rely on him more while bringing more glory to himself (vv. 8–9), even through our heaviest, most burdensome trials. Take courage, Beloved (and that is who you are: Beloved!). It is true you will suffer. Pray and trust God to deal kindly with you in the midst of your sufferings and keep doing what is right.
Let's sing together with gusto for victory through suffering!
"And Can It Be That I Should Gain"
v. 1 And can it be that I should gain An int’rest in the Savior’s blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! how can it be That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me? v. 5 No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in Him, is mine! Alive in Him, my living Head, And clothed in righteousness Divine, Bold I approach the eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own. Bold I approach the eternal throne, And claim the crown, through Christ my own! Further study and reflection: 1 Peter 1:6–9; James 5:7; Colossians 1:24; Romans 8:17
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