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彼得前书 4

生活的改变

1既然基督曾在肉身上为你们受苦,你们也要怀着同样的心志,因为肉体受过苦的人已经与罪断绝了关系, 可以在今后的生活中不再随从人的私欲,只服从上帝的旨意。 你们从前长期沉溺于异教徒的嗜好——淫乱、纵欲、醉酒、狂欢、宴乐和可憎的偶像崇拜。 如今你们不再和他们同流合污,他们觉得奇怪,就用恶言毁谤你们。 但他们将来必须向审判活人和死人的主交账。 正因如此,福音也曾传给已死的人。这样,他们的肉体虽然像世人一样受了审判,他们的灵魂却可以靠上帝活着。

恩典的好管家

万物的尽头快到了。因此,你们要谨慎自律,警醒祷告。 最重要的是要彼此真诚相爱,因为爱可以遮盖许多罪。 要互相接待,不发怨言, 10 按着自己所得的恩赐彼此服侍,做上帝各样恩典的好管家。 11 能讲道的,要按着上帝的话去讲;能服侍人的,要本着上帝所赐的力量去服侍。这样,上帝会借着耶稣基督在一切的事上得到荣耀。

愿荣耀和权能都归于祂,直到永永远远。阿们!

以受苦为荣

12 亲爱的弟兄姊妹,若有火一般的试炼临到你们,不要觉得奇怪,以为发生了什么不寻常的事, 13 反倒要欢喜,因为你们是与基督一起受苦。这样,你们在祂的荣耀显现时可以和祂一同欢喜快乐。 14 如果你们为基督的缘故受辱骂,就有福了!因为上帝荣耀的灵常住在你们身上。 15 你们谁也不可因杀人、偷盗、作恶或管闲事而受苦。 16 若是为了做基督徒而受苦,不要觉得羞耻,要因这身份归荣耀给上帝。 17 因为时候到了,审判要先从上帝的家开始。如果审判要从我们开始,那些不信从上帝福音的人会有怎样的结局呢? 18 如果义人得救尚且不易,不敬虔的人和罪人会有什么下场呢? 19 所以,照上帝旨意受苦的人要继续专心行善,将自己的灵魂交托给那位信实的造物主。

The Message

1 Peter 4

Learn to Think Like Him

11-2 Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.

3-5 You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it’s time to be done with it for good. Of course, your old friends don’t understand why you don’t join in with the old gang anymore. But you don’t have to give an account to them. They’re the ones who will be called on the carpet—and before God himself.

Listen to the Message. It was preached to those believers who are now dead, and yet even though they died (just as all people must), they will still get in on the life that God has given in Jesus.

7-11 Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

Glory Just Around the Corner

12-13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

14-16 If you’re abused because of Christ, count yourself fortunate. It’s the Spirit of God and his glory in you that brought you to the notice of others. If they’re on you because you broke the law or disturbed the peace, that’s a different matter. But if it’s because you’re a Christian, don’t give it a second thought. Be proud of the distinguished status reflected in that name!

17-19 It’s judgment time for God’s own family. We’re first in line. If it starts with us, think what it’s going to be like for those who refuse God’s Message!

If good people barely make it,
What’s in store for the bad?

So if you find life difficult because you’re doing what God said, take it in stride. Trust him. He knows what he’s doing, and he’ll keep on doing it.