Saturday, May 31, 2008

1 Peter 4:12-19

Syntactical Display (text is Young's Literal Translation)

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Peter begins this last major section (4:12-5:11) with one two-part command: Think of suffering, not as something strange, but as a reason for joy (12-13). The standard by which we measure our joy is our participation in the suffering of Christ (13). three attitudes/actions result from obedience to this command.
  1. Rejoicing in suffering magnifies our rejoicing in Christ's glory when it is revealed (13).
  2. Rejoicing in suffering results in happiness founded in our rest in the Spirit (14-18).
  3. Rejoicing in suffering increases our trust in our steadfast Creator and fuels our practice of goodness (19).

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