1 Peter 4

Following Christ

1 Therefore, since Christ suffered
Other mss read suffered for us
in the flesh,
The phrase “in the flesh” probably means in human experience.
Or arm
yourselves also with the same resolve
Or perspective, or attitude
– because the one who suffered in the flesh has finished e with sin
Or the one who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin
2in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires,
Lit for desires of human beings
but for God’s will. h
3 For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the pagans choose to do:
Or Gentiles
carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, j drunkenness, orgies, k carousing, and lawless idolatry.
4So they are surprised that you don’t plunge with them into the same flood
Lit you don’t run with them into the same pouring out
of wild living – and they slander you.
5They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. m 6 For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, n so that, although they might be judged by men in the fleshly o realm,
Or in the flesh
they might live q by God in the spiritual realm.
Or in the spirit

End-Time Ethics

7 Now the end of all things is near; s therefore, be serious and disciplined t for prayer. 8 Above all, maintain an intense love u for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins. v , w 9Be hospitable x to one another without complaining. 10Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, y as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, z so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever.
Amen: The transliteration of a Hebrew word signifying that something is certain, valid, truthful, or faithful; it is often used at the end of biblical songs, hymns, and prayers.

Christian Suffering

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal
Lit the burning
comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. ac
13 Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
Messiah, ae so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation af of His glory.
14 If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, ag you are blessed, because the Spirit ah of glory and of God rests on you.
Other mss add He is blasphemed because of them, but He is glorified because of you.
15 None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler.
Or as one who defrauds others
16 But if anyone suffers as a “Christian,” he should not be ashamed but should glorify God in having that name. 17 For the time has come for judgment ak to begin with God’s household, al and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

18 And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? am , an

19 So those who suffer according to God’s will should, while doing what is good, entrust themselves ao to a faithful Creator.
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