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Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
How God makes us glad in a troubled world.
Psalms 90
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
Hebrews 3:1-6
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Replacing fear with hope
1 Peter 3:13-16
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
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Published January 5th, 2016
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When reading this passage recently, the phrase 'have no fear of them, nor be troubled' caught my attention. I had to confess that, for as long as I could remember, obedience to this command had not characterised my life. Instead, fear and worry, even at a low level, regularly held sway over my heart. The question came to mind: what should displace fear? Instead of being fearful, Peter says, give Christ primary place in your affections. I noticed that this is not just palliative advice for stress management. No, Christ is Lord. He is the rightful master and king. The proper thing for the Christian to do - in fact, the proper thing for all people to do - is to esteem and reverence Jesus Christ, who is king, above all else. But there is more. We do this, Peter says, by remembering our hope and being poised to explain it to those who ask. We must have this hope in us - it must be real to us - and in such a way that we can clearly articulate it. We must regularly call it to mind ( 1 Peter 1:13 ). So what is this hope? What do we call to mind? Peter explained in 1 Peter 1:3-5. God, in his great mercy, he has born us anew, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, into a living hope - an imperishable inheritance - that is guarded for us in heaven. Also in 1 Peter 2:24-25, we see that Jesus bore our sins, and by his wounds we are now restored into relationship with God. We have a current confidence, and we look forward to an eternity with our Creator and Redeemer. So what should replace fear? Confident hope - an emotion - fuelled through knowledge - truth - that Jesus Christ is King, that he bore my sin to restore me to God, and that he has secured for me an eternal imperishable heavenly inheritance. P.S. It's also interesting that the topic of good works comes into view on both sides of these verses. Our hope should find expression through a desire to do good to our neighbour, including in being considerate and respectful in all our discussions with them. See also Titus 3:1-8 .
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1450511514809 Meditation 1452008068 1452009529 When reading this passage recently, the phrase 'have no fear of them, nor be troubled' caught my attention. I had to confess that, for as long as I could remember, obedience to this command had not characterised my life. Instead, fear and worry, even at a low level, regularly held sway over my heart. The question came to mind: what should displace fear? Instead of being fearful, Peter says, give Christ primary place in your affections. I noticed that this is not just palliative advice for stress management. No, Christ is Lord. He is the rightful master and king. The proper thing for the Christian to do - in fact, the proper thing for all people to do - is to esteem and reverence Jesus Christ, who is king, above all else. But there is more. We do this, Peter says, by remembering our hope and being poised to explain it to those who ask. We must have this hope in us - it must be real to us - and in such a way that we can clearly articulate it. We must regularly call it to mind ( 1 Peter 1:13 ). So what is this hope? What do we call to mind? Peter explained in 1 Peter 1:3-5. God, in his great mercy, he has born us anew, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, into a living hope - an imperishable inheritance - that is guarded for us in heaven. Also in 1 Peter 2:24-25, we see that Jesus bore our sins, and by his wounds we are now restored into relationship with God. We have a current confidence, and we look forward to an eternity with our Creator and Redeemer. So what should replace fear? Confident hope - an emotion - fuelled through knowledge - truth - that Jesus Christ is King, that he bore my sin to restore me to God, and that he has secured for me an eternal imperishable heavenly inheritance. P.S. It's also interesting that the topic of good works comes into view on both sides of these verses. Our hope should find expression through a desire to do good to our neighbour, including in being considerate and respectful in all our discussions with them. See also Titus 3:1-8 . notes 11452008068828
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1 Peter 3:13-16
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mine
Now c who is there to harm you
No one should seek to harm you
if you are zealous for what is good?
because you are intent on doing good.
ground
d But even if you should suffer
Nevertheless , even if you do suffer harm
for righteousness’ sake,
because of doing what is right
you will be blessed.
then God will take care of you.
conditional
concessive
e Have no fear of them,
And so , have no fear of those that would harm you
f nor be troubled,
that is , don't be concerned at all,
ideaexplanation
but g in your hearts
instead , in your very inner being,
honor Christ
put Christ first,
the Lord as holy,
he is the real king, and he is holy
actionmanner
h always
by always
being prepared
being ready
to make a defense
in order to give an answer
to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope
when anyone asks you to explain the hope
that is in you;
that is , the hope they observe in you;
temporal
actionpurpose
yet do it with gentleness and i respect,
and do this with ( by ) all reasonableness and respect
j having a good conscience,
keeping your conscience clear
series
so that, k when you are slandered,
so that , when the accusations come
those who revile your good behavior in Christ
those who detest your Christ motivated actions
may be put to shame.
will be ashamed.
actionresult
negativepositive
inference
Don't fear, but hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Keep him as the basis of your hope, and when people see this and ask you, tell them, with gentleness.
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1450511514809 Arc 1450511544 1452008094 editing NT 60 3 13 3 16 1 Peter 3:13-16 esv mine Now c who is there to harm you No one should seek to harm you i1 if you are zealous for what is good? because you are intent on doing good. i6 i21 ground 1 d But even if you should suffer Nevertheless , even if you do suffer harm i2 for righteousness’ sake, because of doing what is right i7 i22 ground 1 you will be blessed. then God will take care of you. i8 i23 conditional 2 i24 concessive 2 e Have no fear of them, And so , have no fear of those that would harm you i9 f nor be troubled, that is , don't be concerned at all, i10 i25 ideaexplanation 1 but g in your hearts instead , in your very inner being, i3 honor Christ put Christ first, i50 the Lord as holy, he is the real king, and he is holy i59 i60 ideaexplanation 1 i27 actionmanner 1 2 h always by always i11 being prepared being ready i28 to make a defense in order to give an answer i32 to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope when anyone asks you to explain the hope i14 that is in you; that is , the hope they observe in you; i64 i65 ideaexplanation 1 i38 temporal 1 i39 actionpurpose 1 i43 temporal 1 2 i61 actionmanner 1 yet do it with gentleness and i respect, and do this with ( by ) all reasonableness and respect i16 j having a good conscience, keeping your conscience clear i4 i41 series so that, k when you are slandered, so that , when the accusations come i17 those who revile your good behavior in Christ those who detest your Christ motivated actions i18 may be put to shame. will be ashamed. i57 i58 actionresult 2 i42 1 2 temporal i36 actionpurpose 2 i26 actionmanner 1 i45 negativepositive 2 i48 inference 2 Don't fear, but hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Keep him as the basis of your hope, and when people see this and ask you, tell them, with gentleness. 1 1 1 1 70 70 esv 1 mine 1 a 2 discourse 11450511544060
Comments
Michael Kopesec
Rob, I like the way you've done this. It's a good model of how to use the 'Mine' column. In it you provide a propositional restatement with carefully selected key words that express the relationships you've determined for the individual propositions and groups of propositions. And, to top it off, your exegesis is reasonable.
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