Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
Message – 1 Peter 4:17 – 19
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? What Peter is telling us is that when God begins to judge a nation or a city He always begins with His own. That may not be a comforting thought, but it is a necessary one. When God begins to judge He begins by purifying His people before He pours out His wrath on His enemies. One translation reads like this; God has already begun judging his own people. And if his judgment begins with us, imagine how terrible it will be for those who refuse to obey his message. We must remember says Peter, that while we may have to suffer for a while, our persecutors will suffer for eternity. So God’s instruction is simple, Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God continue to do what is right while they commit the keeping of their souls to him who is a faithful Creator.
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