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Friday, July 31, 2020

Bible Passage:1 Peter 4:1

Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.

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St.  Peter continues still in the same vein.  Just as he hitherto has admonished us generally that we should suffer, if it be the will of God, and has set Christ before us as an example, so he now confirms it more broadly, and repeats it, saying: Since Christ, who is our Captain and Head, has suffered in the flesh and presented Himself as an example - in addition to having ransomed us from our sins - we should also imitate Him, and prepare ourselves, and put on the same armor.  Therefore he says, "Arm yourselves also with the same purpose," that is, strengthen yourselves also with the purpose which you have observed in Christ.  You are to understand that which follows in the passage before us in the same way.  For whoever suffers in the flesh, says he, ceases from sin, and therefore the holy cross is profitable, since it requires you to mortify lust, envy and hate, and other wickedness.

I am trusting Thee for power,
Thine can never fail;
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me
Must prevail.

I am trusting Thee for pardon,
At Thy feet I bow;
For Thy grace and tender mercy,
Trusting now.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"

Information Copyright © 2007-2009 Robin Fish. All rights reserved.

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