1 Peter 4

Stewards of God's Grace

1 Therefore, since Christ suffered 1 for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, a but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past 2 lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles - when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready b to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this reason c the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but d live according to God in the spirit.

7 But e the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for f "love will cover a multitude of sins." 3 9 g Be hospitable to one another h without grumbling. 10 i As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, j as good stewards of k the manifold grace of God. 11 l If anyone speaks, let him speak as the 4 oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that m in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the 5 dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Suffering as a Christian

12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice n to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that o when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are 6 reproached for the name of Christ, p blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 7 On their part He is blasphemed, q but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a 8 busybody in other people's matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this 9 matter. 17 For the time has come r for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, s what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

18 Now
t "If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?" 10

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God u commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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