1 Peter
Chapter Four
Lesson Four


Read 1 Peter chapter Four

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;


1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.


(True salvation will change your desires.  You may still sin, but you will desire to do the will of God.  When you sin, it will grieve your spirit and you will want nothing more then to get things right).


1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:


1Pe 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:


(The world does not understand why you are different.  They think you are strange for not wanting to live in the world like they do. As a result, they will talk bad about you, mistreat you, and even abuse you)


1Pe 4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.


1Pe 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 


(During the three days that Jesus was in the grave, He went to the spirits that had passed on prior to His death on the cross and preached the Gospel to them...thus leading those who accepted His Gospel out of captivity and into the presents of God. Remember 1 Peter 3:18-20 Matthew 12:38-41 Romans 10:7 Ephesians 4:7-10)


1Pe 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.


(Sober means to be clear minded)


1Pe 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 

(Charity is Godly love. For a definition of Godly love, read 1 Cor. 13:4-7. The last part of this verse does not teach our sins can be forgiven if we love others. What it is teaching is that if we truly love with the kind of love mentioned in 1 Cor. 13, then we will continue to love the person, even though they continue to sin. Notice that Scripture says the "multitude of sins" are "covered"...not forgiven.)


1Pe 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.


("The gift" mentioned here referrers back to verse one and Christ suffering for us. As we have received salvation through Christ suffering, we should preach this Gospel to others because God has made us stewards of this message.)


1Pe 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


(Read Matthew 12:36. Every word we speak should be measured by the amount of glory it gives our Lord)


1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:


1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.


1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.


1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.


1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 

(Suffering will come...the thing to concentrate on is what are we suffering for?)


1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?


1Pe 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?


1Pe 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.


(If you are in the will of God, it does not matter what happens to you, God has it in control, and you are safe in His hands).

Answer the questions below.  If you miss a question, go back and study that portion of the class and then retake the test.  Once you have received a 100% you may proceed to the next class.  You DO NOT have to submit this test for grading.  Only the final test will be submitted.