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Hardship and Holiness
Hardship and holiness: these are the dual themes of Peter’s first epistle, written to a church composed of Gentile converts from licentious hedonism on the one hand and Jewish converts with Previous Testomony traditions then again. Collectively they skilled an alien and exile standing in a hostile world. Persecution towards and oppression of the church of Jesus Christ had already begun, and Peter writes to encourage this “mixed bag” of believers with pricey however simply forgotten truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
At some point, Christ will return to avenge our persecution and vindicate our struggling.
Peter offers this encouragement by a mix of proclamation and exhortation, and curiously, one of many proclamations is that struggling is inevitable for followers of Jesus. Such brutal details could also be troublesome to take initially. However as trials come, the understanding that such struggling could be the mark and measure of faithfulness helps these early Christians to see that affliction is another technique of Christlikeness and, certainly, another avenue of true pleasure.
Peter’s phrases on holiness and hardship are inextricably linked. Due to the way in which the Spirit conforms us to the picture of Christ, Peter not solely sees holiness as essential for enduring hardship; he sees hardship as a manner the Spirit makes us holy.
Peter is gracious to use these truths usually at first, after which regularly extra particularly to the sensible challenges of on a regular basis life. The connection between hardship and holiness is relevant for Christian citizenship (1 Pet. 2:13–25), Christian households (1 Pet. 3:1–7), and Christian church buildings (1 Pet. 5:1–11).
From Peter’s directions, believers in Jesus are skilled in seeing the function and even the worth of struggling. Christians be taught that hardship isn’t outdoors God’s sovereign will and is utilized by God to vogue us in response to Christ’s picture. Genuine holiness on this adversity-filled life is feasible by the ability of the Spirit within the gospel, and certainly it’s this very adversity that trains us for godliness. Via all of it, nonetheless, we do not forget that the hardships of the world are short-term blips on the radar of the joyful lifetime of everlasting glory that begins when our flesh offers manner and we go to be with the Lord. And at some point, Christ will return to avenge our persecution and vindicate our struggling.
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