Suffering as a Christian

1 Peter 4

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at z the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice a insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad b when his glory is revealed. 14 c If you are insulted d for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory 1 and of God rests upon you. 15 But e let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or f as a meddler. 16 Yet e if anyone suffers as a g Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God d in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment h to begin at the household of God; and i if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who j do not obey the gospel of God?

18 And
k "If the righteous is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?" 2

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will l entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

  1. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:7
    So that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  2. Cross References
    Philippians 3:10 - 11
    That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
    Acts 5:41
    Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.
  3. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:5 - 7
    Who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
    1 Peter 5:1
    So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:
    Romans 8:17 - 18
    And if children, then heirs - heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
    Jude 1:24
    Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 89:51
    With which your enemies mock, O Lord, with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
    Matthew 5:11
    Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
  5. Cross References
    John 15:21
    But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
    Hebrews 11:26
    He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
  6. Cross References
    1 Peter 2:19 - 20
    For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
    1 Peter 3:14
    But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled.
    1 Peter 3:17
    For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
  7. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 4:11
    And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.
    2 Thessalonians 3:11
    For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
    1 Timothy 5:13
    Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.
  8. Cross References
    1 Peter 4:15
    But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.
  9. Cross References
    Acts 26:28
    And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?
  10. Cross References
    1 Peter 4:14
    If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
  11. Cross References
    Jeremiah 25:29
    For behold, I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares the Lord of hosts.
    Ezekiel 9:6
    Kill old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but touch no one on whom is the mark. And begin at my sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the house.
    Amos 3:2
    You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
    Romans 2:9
    There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek.
  12. Cross References
    Luke 23:31
    For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?
  13. Cross References
    2 Thessalonians 1:8
    In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
  14. Cross References
    Proverbs 11:31
    If the righteous is repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 31:5
    Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
    Luke 23:46
    Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last.
    Psalms 10:14
    But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.
    2 Timothy 1:12
    Which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
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