NEW MOON: Today is the New moon Day, the first day of the sixth biblical month which began at sunset last evening. Sep 15 being the 30th day of the sixth month and because no month may have more than 30 days: Sep 16 will be the Feast of Trumpets.
1st Peter 4
Let us cease from all sin and live by the whole Word of God as Christ did
1 Pet 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind [We are to be filled with the same Christ-like determination to keep the whole Word of God]: for he [the person] that hath suffered in [turned from worldliness and rejected sin] the flesh hath ceased from sin [stopped sinning]; 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men [That he who sinned in times past, stop sinning and live in godliness], but to the will of God.
In the past we lived to satisfy the pleasures of the flesh, but now we who are called to Christ are to live in Christ-like zeal according to every Word of God.
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: 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you [speaking evil of those who will not join them in their sins]:
All humanity will have to face the Judge and give an account of their works.
4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick [living] and the dead [those who have died and been raised up to their judgment].
The Gospel is preached to sinners so that when they are raised back up to the flesh, they will remember and repent to be saved; For they died in the flesh being wicked, and they will be raised up to flesh to repent and to live by the whole Word of God in their period of judgment.
4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are [have since died] dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
This was written for us in our day, and the end of this society and the coming of our LORD is very close at hand.
4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober [serious], and watch unto [be diligent] prayer.
4:8 And above all things have fervent charity [true godly agape love] among yourselves: for charity [loving our brothers and sisters enough to warn them to turn away from sin and to live by every Word of God, will cover their sins if they repent] shall cover the multitude of sins.
Let us be friendly and sharing with the brethren; and brethren, do not take undue advantage of others. Let each person work and not be a burden to others.
4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
4:10 As every man hath received the gift [a gift of the spirit], even so minister the same [help and edify one another according to God’s gifts given to each one] one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Do all things for the glory of God; to be a Shining personal example of the righteousness of God; which is to passionately love of and keep the whole Word of God in all your thoughts, words and deeds.
4:11 If any man speak, let him speak [we are to speak as befitting godly people] 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.
We are to expect trials of our faith and zeal, be not dismayed by trials for our God is working with us to make us fit to be a part of the bride of Christ.
1 Pet 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 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 [Because having suffered for righteousness sake as Christ did, you will have a part in the resurrection to eternal life, as Christ was resurrected to eternal life.].
If you are reproached for being zealous to keep God’s Word and Will; rejoice for you are in the company of Christ, who was also reproached for faithfulness to God the Father.
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.
Keep yourself pure from all sin that you do not suffer for your sins, but be zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word with a deep and abiding love for all truth and all things godly.
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.
4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a [faithful doer of the Word of God] Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this [because he is faithful to God] behalf.
Brethren the called out are being tested and judged right now, as to whether we will be fit to be resurrected to eternal life as Jesus Christ was. Only those who are of the same mind as Christ, who are full of Christ-like zeal for God the Father and the whole Word of God will be among the Chosen for the resurrection to eternal spirit.
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? 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
When we face trials for our diligence to live by every Word of God the Father, let us not back down or compromise to try to reduce the burden by our own efforts; rather let us redouble our love, commitment and zeal, to live by every Word of God, and commit our lives into the hands of our Mighty Deliverer and Savior, who will raise us up on that day!
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
1st Peter 5
Instructions to the elders
1 Pet 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you [with the pure and undefiled milk and the solid meat of the whole Word of God], taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre [not as a job for a pay cheque], but of a ready mind; [a mind willing to serve God]
The elders are to serve first by being godly example.
5:3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Those who exhort the people to passionate godliness, teaching the whole Word of God and powerfully rebuking all sin will have a good reward.
2 Ti 4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Those who do not rebuke all sin, who do not set a godly example, who are not diligent to teach the whole Word of God; will be required to give an account and will be judged by our Master.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The good and faithful teacher shall receive a good reward of eternal life and the knowledge that he has saved many, as well as a good office in the eternal priesthood and kingship of Jesus Christ.
1 Pet 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Let everyone humble themselves before God and work in cooperation with one another that we may all exercise the gifts given to us for the edifying of the whole body, in an orderly manner.
5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder [older, God’s family system of respect for parents, grandparents ] . Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace [mercy] to the humble. 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
The tempted and persecuted are nt alone for all of the faithful brethren have been or will be tempted and afflicted while in this world in the flesh just as we are
5:8 Be sober [serious and controlled], be vigilant [always watchful]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour [tempt or deceive away from God]: 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world [The faithful brethren who are in the flesh in this world all face the same trials as we do].
God the Father will establish those who persevere in his Word and give them eternal life in a body of spirit; as He also raised up Christ.
5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his [God the Father’s] eternal glory [called us to salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ] by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, [will] make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
5:11 To him [God the Father] be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace [faith, mercy, forgiveness, agape love] of God wherein ye stand.
5:13 The church that is at Babylon [Peter wrote from Jerusalem and he was using “Babylon” as a euphemism for Jerusalem which is also called spiritual Egypt and Sodom Rev 11:8], elected [called] together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son [Mark, Peter’s son in the faith who assisted Peter at Jerusalem].
It was the custom for the brethren to greet one another with a big loving hug and a kiss of affection on the cheek or neck.
5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.