In 1st Peter the Christians were under the rule of Romans.
Even in the world today we are in suffering. Even though everybody are not believers, even Jesus, all of us suffer to do what is good.
Romans 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
22 Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
23 "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
24 "But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
Even if we do what is right expect to suffer, stand by the Lord.
God's knows our heart He knows who is hypocrite.
Like a tea bag if you put it on cold water the taste is flat but in very hot water it will be more delicious.
We have to continue and remember His words. You are blessed when you are suffering. The blessed word is to be envied. Blessed are you if the people insult you for we have blessing in heaven.
As Christian what is our hope? Hope in heaven.
Always be prepared to give answers to those who ask you with gentleness and respect. By faith we can go to heaven. Always be prepared.
Whenever we are asks for our faith, always answer in gentleness.
(I experience this love of Jesus Christ and I repented)
1 Peter 1:3 Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Keep a clear conscience. Apart from Jesus Christ we are not good, no one is righteous no one is good apart from Jesus. People will always insult and criticize you. Even if you do what is right.
Where do you put the light? In the dark.
You are the Believers and it is just so you were put at none believers to give light to them. Even if they insult you keep a clear conscience.
"It requires more courage to suffer than to die."
Christ suffer for us to bring us to God, He did that by the power of spirit. Think about Jesus. A heart and power of the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 4:18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
Ephesians 4:10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
Hebrews 11:13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.
Matthew 27:52-53 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
Who can save you? According to our conscience and by our faith in God alone.
Unless we alow the Spirit of God to save us. Even if Jesus suffered presecution.
Evidence of Holy Spirit
Psalm 110:1 The LORD says to my Lord:
"Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet."
Ephesians 1:21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Why are we suffering? Look to Jesus even Him suffered who was the anointed one.
Ephesians 3:7 "I become a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of His power."
We need to continue to live as servants of God by the power of his grace. For without His grace we are nothing. May all of us embrace His amazing grace as we continue to serve Him for God's glory.