Suffering, Sin and Judgement

April 3, 2017


Sermon: Suffering, Sin and Judgement 1 Peter 4:1-5


Here are three words we don’t hear much of anymore, suffering, sin and judgement.  However in five verses Peter covers all three.  Peter tells us to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ who suffered.  We are to mentally prepare for suffering.  We are to abstain from sin.  Those who continue in sin and malign you for not joining with them, they will be judged.


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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 4/2/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 4/16/2017


1 Peter 4:1-11 ESV


Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh

⦁ Peter says: TAKE UP ARMS
⦁ What kind of arms?
⦁ Paul’s list:
⦁ Belt of truth, Breastplate of righteousness, Shoes of the Gospel and Peace, Shield of faith, Helmet of salvation, Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God

Peter Says: Arm yourselves with the same way of thinking

⦁ We need the MIND of Christ – for suffering
⦁ You must be mentally ready & prepared to suffer
⦁ Why??? & How???
⦁ Look to Christ as an example

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh

⦁ When it says Christ suffered, it is saying:
⦁ Christ was put to death
⦁ His mind was set to endure
⦁ He came to do the Father’s will
⦁ In the garden, “Let this cup pass from me”
⦁ Not my will but thine will!
⦁ We are to follow the example of Christ

For “whoever” has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin

⦁ Difficult passage (5 interpretations)

1. Suffering atones for your sin???
1. Wrong – One sacrifice, once and for all
2. 1Pe 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins
3. The Devil says you are not worthy
4. How can you be forgiven again
5. There must be something you must do
1. Penance – Voluntary self-suffering or pain for punishment
1. Suggests it merits something?
2. Outward form of repentance?

1689 Saving repentance is an evangelical grace by which a person who is made to feel, by the Holy Spirit, the manifold evils of his sin, and being given faith in Christ, humbles himself over his sin with godly sorrow, detestation of his sin and self-abhorrency.

For “whoever” has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin
2. The whoever is only speaking of Christ’s suffering – (Next verse)
1. Explain
2. Problem: next verse is about us continuing
1. (2) so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions
1. As Christians we suffer and when we die, we cease from sin
1. True
1. Same Problem: Next verse speaks about us continuing
2. Proper suffering produces a reduction in sin
1. True – when I am weak I am strong.
2. Problem
1. “has ceased from sin”
3. We suffered with Christ and died with Him (Baptism)
1. In Him, we died with him
2. We are resurrected with Him
3. It’s in Him we have a new mind
4. It’s in Him we are freed from the bondage sin
5. It’s in Him we are under grace, not the law
6. It’s in Him we are no longer guilty

Romans 6:5-7 ESV
⦁ whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin

⦁ The will of the flesh vs. the will of God
⦁ Peter says, we don’t LIVE for “human passions”
⦁ Our desire is for God’s will
⦁ Christ’s desire was, not my will but thine will

Romans 8:6 ESV

⦁ If you have the mind of Christ you recognize sin
⦁ You see the Anti-Christs – Neither is appealing
⦁ Watching for the enemy – You sounds the warning
⦁ His sheep will only follow Him
⦁ Sin is repulsive to the Christian

John 6:45 ESV

⦁ You exercise Christ’s dominion over sin
⦁ Not by determining not to sin
⦁ IMPORTANT: By being in Christ
⦁ When you do give into temptation – Repentance – feel the weight

1689 is made to feel, by the Holy Spirit, the manifold evils of his sin

⦁ You are no longer a Gentile
⦁ What do you desire the most? – There is your God
⦁ What makes you happy? – This is what you serve
⦁ Chief desire “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever”
⦁ Do you still have the same friends?
⦁ The old friends have your old desires
⦁ Peter says they malign you
⦁ Do they malign you? Or are you still part of the old gang?
⦁ Where have all your old friends gone?

⦁ If you still desire the things you desired before you were a Christian…
⦁ Are you a Christian?
⦁ Do you want to change?

This is my bible, I am what it says I am –
⦁ Wretched
⦁ Under judgement of God
⦁ I can only be saved if I repent and believe in Jesus Christ ALONE
⦁ Not yourself esteem
⦁ Not your friends or family
⦁ In Christ

I have what it says I have -?
⦁ If you put your faith and trust in Christ…
⦁ You have been cleansed of your sins
⦁ You have been reconciled to God
⦁ You have peace with God
⦁ Each day you take up your cross
⦁ Each day you suffer for Christ
⦁ If not…
⦁ You have the wrath of God upon you.

⦁ Who is “they” – those who malign you and practice evil!
⦁ Who is “judged” Both those who are alive and dead

1. Suffering (& self-sacrifice)
2. Sin
3. Judgement

If God opens the door and there are no hardships…

⦁ Have you read your Bible?????

Luke 14:33 ESV

⦁ What do you desire the most? This is your God!

2 Timothy 3:12 ESV

Romans 8:18 ESV

Luke 6:24-26 ESV

Peter: False Prophets will come

2 Peter 2:2 ESV

Sensuality – Gratification of the body (flesh)
To satisfy the fleshly desires.

Jesus said the gate is narrow, then he said “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves”

John 15:18-20 ESV

Mark 13:13 ESV
John 12:25 ESV

Luk_6:22 “
Jude 1:3 ESV
⦁ Read the Word
⦁ Prepare your mind for suffering
⦁ Recognize and remove yourself from sin
⦁ Judgement will come upon the sinner
Ask the hard questions: What do you desire the most? What makes you the most happy?

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