Therefore, since Messiah suffered for us in the flesh (1 Pe 3:18), arm yourselves also with the same mind; for he who has suffered in the flesh [is done with sin/pepautai], that you no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2
“…arm yourselves also with the same mind…”
We are to arm ourselves with Jesus’ kingdomview. Jesus humbled Himself as a man. During His last three years on earth, He suffered much abuse from His fellow mankind. Finally, Jesus went to the cross and shed His blood for the forgiveness, remission, of our sins.
Therefore let’s also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Yeshua, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don’t grow weary, fainting in your souls. You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin. Hebrews 12:1-4
“…for he who has suffered in the flesh [is done with sin]…”
Prior to trusting Jesus, we walked in the way of unbelievers and did our own thing, walked in the flesh. “But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah.”
You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua, that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Yeshua; for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.
Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision” (in the flesh, made by hands), that you were at that time separate from Messiah, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:1-12
“…For we have spent enough of our past time doing the desire of the Gentiles…”
I looked up Gentiles in the Old Testament and the only thing they were called was heathens. In the New Testament, Gentiles still means heathens, otherwise politely known as secular and secular left. Not so politically correct, they are known as children of disobedience, children of wrath, without God in the world. However, Paul was sent to the Gentiles with the gospel of the kingdom and many turned to Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior and Lord. Now, believing Gentiles, including me, are known as brothers and sisters in the body of Christ and addressed as saints (holy ones) in most of Paul’s epistles.
When we walked according to the course of this world, we did what heathens do. Now that we are done with sin, they blasphēmountes speak reproachfully of us, rail at us, revile us, calumniate (make false and defamatory statements about us). God will hold them accountable. But, we are to “live as to God in the spirit.”
We can live as to God in the spirit because we have been born again. The moment we believed in Jesus Christ, we were born of the Spirit and unlike unbelievers are now body, soul and spirit. Jesus said: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6).
For we have spent enough of our past time doing the desire of the Gentiles, and having walked in lewdness, lusts, drunken binges, orgies, carousings, and abominable idolatries. They think it is strange that you don’t run with them into the same excess of riot, blaspheming/blasphēmountes. They will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For to this end the Good News was preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed as men in the flesh, but live as to God in the spirit. 1 Peter 4:3-6
“…that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ [Yeshua the Messiah]…”
In view of the foregoing, that’s how Peter concludes his exhortation. Here, he reminds us to always be ready for the Lord’s return. With that he puts forth the vital parts of seeking to glorify God by our walk in Christ. “That in all things God may be glorified.”
- Be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer.
- above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins.
- Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
- As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.
- If anyone speaks/lalei , let it be as it were the very words of God.
- If anyone serves/diakonei, let it be as of the strength which God supplies.
- that in all things God may be glorified through Yeshua the Messiah, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11