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1 Peter 4:1-11 Purity and Purpose

on November 4, 2013

Purity

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2

Jesus suffered on behalf of sinners, so that we can have victory over the sins that enslave us.  His suffering made our way for salvation.  When we “arm ourselves” with that way of thinking, it gives us another reason to embrace the suffering that we go through.  Suffering is a tool that God can use to purge us of our selfishness and pride.  Enduring suffering and overcoming sin are battles that start in the mind.  The way we think is a weapon that we can take up to make war against our unholy passions and desires.

So why does it even matter if we do battle against sin in our lives or continue in it after we have embraced the good news of Jesus Christ and His salvation by grace through faith?  Because we will stand before the Lord someday and give an account for our lives and actions.  There are only two ways that we can live: for our own human passions or for the will of God.  Living for ourselves does not demonstrate the change that takes place in our heart when we submit to the Lordship of Jesus.  When we let Him change us, and our lives don’t look like they did before, people may malign us and our old friends abandon us, but we will have the Spirit of God to carry us through until eternity.

Purpose

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.  Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace, whoever speaks, as one who speaks the words of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.  To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11

Jesus is coming back to take those who believe in Him by faith home to heaven!  We don’t know when that day will be…it could be today!  That begs two questions: 1) Are you ready?  If Jesus came today, would you go with Him to heaven?  2) What should we do with our time while we wait for Him to come? What do we hope to be doing when He comes?

God graciously gives us great ways to fill our time on earth…ways that are according to His will, not serving our own passions.  We are called to pray; to love others earnestly; show hospitality; and use our God-given gifts to serve one another; and generously share God’s grace with others.  Can you imagine what our lives would look like, the joy and fulfillment, the productivity/fruitfulness we would experience if we approached our daily lives with this “to-do” list?  We would be achieving the purpose of man–that God would be glorified through Jesus in our lives.

The thing that gets in the way of our loving, serving, and caring for others is our own selfish desires.  Until they are put to death, we are of no use to others.  That is why we need to do battle against our flesh.

For any John Piper or Tedashaii fans, here is a great song about making war on the flesh:

http://youtu.be/a4mbn1u0wBs

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