Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
Message – 1 Peter 4:1, 2
Peter opens the 4th chapter with a rather strange statement that requires a bit of thought and understanding. He says, Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us (that is, in our place, as our personal substitute), in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. so what does Peter mean? I’ve always found Paul a bit easier to understand and Paul says the same thing in Romans 6:6, 7 like this, Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. The argument is this, If Christ died the death I deserved as my personal substitute, then from a legal perspective I died, that is, his death is reckoned as mine. Now that death frees us from servitude to sin. I have no further obligation to my old master the corrupt desires of my flesh. Now both Paul and Peter tell us, we are to rest upon that truth, live as those who are dead to this world’s temptations and as those who alive to Christ. Grasping that truth and acting in accordance is the way to victory in the Christian life.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.