1 Peter

1 Peter 3

The opening verses of chapter 3 continue the exhortation to submission. The apostle commenced this exhortation at 1 Peter 2: 13. In verse 18 he applied it to those who socially are in the subject place. Now he applies it to those who hold the subject place in that great natural relationship which is the foundation of all human relationships. The Christian wife is to be in subjection to her husband. If he is a Christian he obeys the word and she obeys him. A most excellent ...

1 Peter 5

When Christians are passing through times of persecution and suffering, so much depends upon there being a right and happy condition amongst themselves. The Apostle Peter, therefore, supplements his warnings as to the persecution with some words of admonition addressed respectively to the elder and the younger amongst the disciples. Between such friction may easily develop, as we know right well. The tendency to develop friction has always existed but never more so than now, inasmu...

1 Peter 4

Those of you who have carefully followed our Scripture Portion thus far, have possibly noticed that the thought of suffering, both for Christ Himself and for His followers, has been very prominent from 1 Peter 2: 11, where we started the practical and hortatory part of the epistle. That suffering must be expected by the Christian is very clear. His life is to be one of well doing, but he may suffer for doing well (1 Peter 2: 20). It is to be a life of righteousness, but he may suff...

Lecture 7 - The Epistles and the Revelation

The Epistles We have before us, to-night, beloved brethren, the concluding portion of God's blessed Word; and I cannot but feel, as we enter upon it, how more than inadequate the account has been of the previous parts, while it is vain to promise one's self better either as to what remains. Still what account could be given that would not be inadequate? And if a partial representation be in some sort a misrepresentation, it will be sufficient to warn you not to suppose that wh...

Sweet Corn in February

Silver Queen corn is hard to beat. Sweet white corn which seems to melt in your mouth. Lots of butter and some salt make it even better! Many freeze corn in late summer to enjoy during the winter months. In the winter the taste of delicious sweet corn makes you forget the hard day’s work that went into preparing it. Our family just finished preparing nearly four hundred ears of corn. We started early in the morning and did not finish to some time in the afternoon—usually we ...

The Death of Christ - An Act of Immeasurable Suffering

They (the prophets) sought to find out what or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. (1 Peter 1:11)

Although there was much the prophets did not understand about Christ’s death, they did understand that the Messiah would suffer as none ever suffered before and they bore testimony to this fact in their writings. Isaiah spoke of His death as a slaughter, “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7). In describing His sufferings through David, the Suffering One says, “all my bones are out of joint…my strength is dried up like a fragment of clay pottery…my tongue clings to my jaws…they pierced my hands and my feet (Psalm 22:14-16).

It was also testified that Christ had to suffer first before He should enter into His glory. The sufferings had to precede the glories that would follow. Many of the prophets also speak of His coming millennial glory when He shall reign as King upon this earth. If His reign is going to be a manifestation of great glory, then it is evident that His death was a manifestation of great suffering. If the manifestation of Christ on earth will result in blazing glory from heaven as “the Sun of Righteousness will arise” (Malachi 4:2); so the sufferings for sin brought forth the greatest darkness ever manifested by heaven, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Psalm 22:1)

Joseph is a beautiful picture of Christ in this manner. He suffered deeply before he entered into his glory.

…Christ also suffered for us…; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree…. (1 Peter 2:20-25)

The Person of Christ as Revealed in the General Epistles

1 Peter The fourth general division of the New Testament refers to the pilgrim character of the people of God, rather than to their heavenly position. But here too we find abundant testimony to the glories of Him of whom we speak. Peter tells us of the unblemished Lamb, “foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Pet. 1:19,20), and of the One who, in the days before the flood, before His incarnation, went by His Spirit and preached to the disobedient, through Noah, ...

Spiritual Ambition

In his second epistle, Peter describes the condition of professing Christendom and the unbelieving world as existing at the end of the age. Two particular forms of evil are recorded: first, in chapter 2, the presence of false teachers propagating unsound doctrine, accompanied by wicked deeds, prominently characterizes the last days of Christendom; second, in chapter 3, the increase of scoffing infidels signifies another proof of the last days. With arrogant unbelief...

The Church Age

Excerpt from The Church Truth Series Many Christians do not understand where the Church fits in God’s time table. Many confuse the New Testament Church with the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. As a result many bring Old Testament law and principles into the New Testament Church. This leads to great confusion and error. It is very important that we see the clear distinction between the Church and Israel. The Bible clearly teaches us that the New Testament C...

Dangers in Leadership

The following was first given as a message at the May, 1999 Elders and Workers Conference in Markham, Ontario. In my travels among the assemblies it is evident that the general spiritual condition of many of them is poor. Attendance is often a small portion of those who would claim to be in fellowship. Worldliness has made inroads and it is manifested in a lack of commitment to the local assembly and a strong commitment to careers, hobbies, sports, and recreation. ...
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