1Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, #John 1:13but for the will of God. 3For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5They will give an account to Him who is ready #Acts 10:42; Rom. 14:9; 2 Tim. 4:1to judge the living and the dead. 6For this reason #1 Pet. 1:12; 3:19the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but #(Rom. 8:9, 13); Gal. 5:25live according to God in the spirit.
Serving for God’s Glory
7But #Rom. 13:11; Heb. 9:26; James 5:8, 9; 1 John 2:18the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8And above all things have fervent love for one another, for #(Prov. 10:12); 1 Cor. 13:4; James 5:20“love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9#1 Tim. 3:2; Heb. 13:2Be hospitable to one another #2 Cor. 9:7without grumbling. 10#Rom. 12:6–8As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, #Matt. 24:45; 1 Cor. 4:1, 2as good stewards of #(1 Cor. 12:4)the manifold grace of God. 11#Eph. 4:29If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that #(1 Cor. 10:31); Eph. 5:20in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Suffering for God’s Glory
12Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13but rejoice #James 1:2to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that #2 Tim. 2:12when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14If you are reproached for the name of Christ, #Matt. 5:11; Luke 6:22; Acts 5:41blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, #Matt. 5:16but on your part He is glorified. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. 16Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
17For the time has come #Is. 10:12for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, #Luke 10:12what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18Now
#Prov. 11:31“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
19Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God #Ps. 37:5–7; 2 Tim. 1:12commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.