December 18, 2005
Read 1 Peter 3
Duties of husbands and wives; suffering and reward; duties of the elders
There is just One True Source of spiritual knowledge and strength. The Holy Spirit led the Apostle Peter to write: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles (utterances) of God; if any man minister (serve), let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever (I Peter 4:11). We must not modify or ignore the only Guide that our Creator has given as the standard by which we must live.
The last recorded words that Jesus spoke personally to Peter were on the shores of the
The underlying principle of most worldly endeavors is: "How much is in it for me?" The spirits of greed, pride, and power have so permeated everything in our age that even churches are not free from the destructive influence of self-serving ambition. Because the Word of God is alive and never changes and human nature remains unchanged, the message the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Paul to write to Timothy is still applicable to us today as an essential task of the Church: Before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick (living) and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom; Preach the Word; be instant (ready) in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort (encourage) with all longsuffering (patience) and doctrine (teaching) (II Timothy 4:1-2).
For I Peter 3:10-12: See Psalm 34:12-16. I Peter 5:5: See Proverbs 3:34.
3:11 eschew = turn himself away from; ensue = earnestly pursue; 3:20 were saved by water = were saved from the water by entering the ark; 4:15 busybody = meddler, prying into.
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Memory Verse for the Week: 1 Peter 2:22