Once again, chapter 4 starts out with “therefore,” referring to Christ’s suffering. Christ suffered for us (2:24 & 3:18), therefore, we should also be prepared to suffer in this life as we keep our eyes on the glory that is to come. Hopefully, you are starting to get the point:
Terrible suffering and incredible hope are not mutually exclusive.
Peter will continue this theme in chapter 4 with more specific exhortations about what this means for believers. We will continue to follow the same schedule this week:
- Day 1: Read 1 Peter 4 and write down questions about the text.
- Day 2: Underline and define key words
- Day 3: Check cross-references
- Day 4: Answer our questions, using additional resources as necessary
- Day 5: Summarize and apply chapter 4 to our lives.