5:7, 8; Отк. Where love is lacking every word is viewed with suspicion, every action is liable to misunderstanding, and conflicts abound, NOTE: Hate pries about in order to discover some sin or some semblance of sin, then broadcasts it, even exaggerates it, gloats over it, NOTE: Does not refer to vice or criminal activity, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4. This has been recently denied by De Wette and Huther, the former understanding the sins rather as those of the Christian body, which mutual love keeps back from being committed, and the latter not excluding the other meaning. How can Peter say that the ‘end is at hand’ in the First Century and yet almost 2000 years later the ‘end’ still hasn’t arrived? For that great event he should be waiting with hope, with joy, with sober joy watching thereunto with prayer. Serving for Godâs Glory. Seven Ways to Sabotage Your Prayer Life. Human history now moves under the shadow of the divinely announced eschatological kingdom." Many seek it in strange, unhallowed ways, and all the while the blessing is offered to us by the Spirit sent in Christ’s name.’. I. "of sound judgment"), self-controlled ("of sober spirit") primarily so they could pray properly. ], and will consist very well with the devoutest frame, and most ardent exertions in the Lord’s service [Note: Romans 12:11. Two points are specially observable here, the union and peace that reigned in the body of early believers and the manifestation of their unity of purpose in joining in devotions, whether in public or private. Not only had Jerusalem to be destroyed (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21), but also the Gospel was to reach out ‘to all nations’ (Mark 13:10; Matthew 24:14), and the Jews were to face their great tribulation which would sactter them among the nations after the destruction of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24). 1 Peter 4:7. The spiritual life can no more grow without devotion than the bodily life can exist without breathing. There are many kinds of memberships we can join. Living on the edge means living a life dedicated to God. Also it is to keep God’s counsel, not to be proud or boast of success, or speak of the secret sweetnes., of God’s love without calling; it is to conceal the familiarity of God in secret. We are one in Christ, 3. 1. Romans 13:12; James 5:8; Philippians 4:5. This statement illustrates the importance of prayer. Neither is it a time to panic or give up. 1 Timothy 2:9; Titus 2:6 (Hemming: σωφροσύνη, equal to affectuum et voluntatis harmonia), in contrast to the licentiousness of the heathen described in 1 Peter 4:2 (Wiesinger). This sense of imminence pervades the New Testament, which does, however, also emphasise what is to be done before His coming. They were setting their affections on things above. The word of God taken for our instruction in righteousness this morning comes from 1 Peter 4:7-11: 7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. IV. "Sober," the opposite of "lasciviousness" (1 Peter 4:3). ", "To charge Paul or Peter with false prophecy for saying1900 years ago that the end is near, is to treat them unfairly. His instruction to them was, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father. Would you grow in the spiritual life as they did, would you advance in personal holiness day by day to this excellence which would make your character more like your Divine Master, and more meet for the inheritance of the saints in light, then you must watch unto prayer. 2 Peter 3:10-11; with τέλος, Matthew 24:6; Matthew 24:14. ἤγγικε] comp. ‘This principle is to be held fast,’ says Calvin. And watch unto prayer] Against dulness of body, drowsiness of spirit, Satanical suggestions, distractive motions, which else will muster and swarm in the heart like the flies of Egypt. (Ephesians 6:18) ‘When a man’s mind is unbalanced, when he lets his own prejudices run away with him, when his approach to life is frivolous and selfish and irresponsible, he obviously cannot pray as he ought…We only learn to pray when we take life so wisely and so seriously that we begin to say in all things: “Thy will be done”.’ (Barclay p. 299). Listen here. A mind excited by passions and lusts cannot pray. These words are brought by our apostle as a fresh argument to persuade the Christian Jews to the practice of sincere holiness: the end of all things, that is, of the Jewish state and polity, their city, their temple, and worship, is at hand, the fatal destruction of Jerusalem is now very near, therefore be ye sober and temperate in all things; watch, that the day of visitation overtake you not unawares, and pray for the averting of God's wrath, and that ye be not overwhelmed in it. "The end of all things is near. There are memberships to academic organizations. бодрствуйте в молитвах Разум, охваченный эмоциями и страстями, не поддается контролю, выведен из равновесия мирскими похотями и страстями, и потому не может познать полноту святого общения с Богом в молитве (ср. It was ‘at hand’. HAVE THE PROPER REASON FOR OUR PRAYER LIFE, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â II. It awaits the day of His return. g.]— οὖν, therefore) He returns to exhortation; and in 1 Peter 4:7-11 duties are opposed to the sins enumerated in 1 Peter 4:3. Sermon series Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter) A Survival Kit for Tough Times 1 Peter 5 â May 8, 2005. He does not, at the same time, speak only of the end of individuals, but of the universal renovation of the world; as though he had said, “Christ will shortly come, who will put an end to all things.”. Luke 3:7). Even the most abandoned malefactors will weep and pray when their execution is drawing nigh: and should not we, if we felt that “the end of all things is at hand?” Let us then watch against every thing that may either divert us from prayer, or distract us in it: yea, let us watch that our prayers be such as our necessities require, and such as God will accept. Probably, if St. Peter had thought the world would stand twenty centuries more, he would have expressed himself differently; yet see 2 Peter 3:4-10. The work can be done in one’s own zeal and strength with ultimate ineffectiveness and burnout, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2. It is with the mind that we serve the Law of God (Romans 7:25). “Unto prayer” is a slip for unto prayers; the difference is that it does not mean that we are to be always in frame to pray, but that actual prayers should be always on our lips: every incident in life should suggest them. Compare Matthew 3:2. There are memberships to medical, social, and political clubs. ‘is at hand’-‘draw or come near, come nigh’ (Thayer p. 164); ‘lit., has come near’ (Vincent p. 662); ‘approach, come near’ (Arndt p. 213). A marriage could not survive on rules, regulations and by-laws. 1 Peter 4:7 ‘The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.’, ‘The end of all things is at hand’-‘End’-‘termination, the limit’ (Thayer p. 619); ‘in the sense of termination, cessation’ (Arndt p. 811); ‘the final issue or result of a state or process’ (Vine p. 26-27). The solution to wars, strife and division in a church: Fervent, deep love among us, Â Â Â Â B. FerventÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â vs. 8b, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3. 7. To the same purpose is Mr. Scott’s interpretation: “All Christians must expect tribulations in the world, but these would soon terminate; for the end of all things was at hand, and death was about to close their course of trials or services; nay, judgment would not be so long delayed, as that the intervening space should, in the estimation of faith, be at all compared with eternity.” Be ye therefore sober — Temperate in all things, and moderate in all earthly cares and pursuits; remembering their end approaches, and the fashion of this world passeth away. Sermon ... We must remember that, like those to whom Peter was writing, Godâs people are a minority in this world. In view of this it was now necessary for them to live lives of obedience, in contrast with those who do not obey the Gospel of God (1 Peter 4:17). Church membership in the Bible is much like marriage. In verses 7-11 Peter discusses what we must do in our contacts with other Christians. In the context of this passage the Greek also denotes the end of all things ungodly is near, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. God has ordered the job done; God will pay the expenses, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4. HAVE THE PROPER USE OF OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS, Filed under Bible Study, Discipleship, Sermon. Sep 19, 1993. Watch, [ neepsate (Greek #3525)] - 'be soberly vigilant;' not intoxicated with worldly cares and pleasures. above all things ( πρὸ πάντων, as Wies. 3) Accomplish the Will of God (1 Peter 4:7-11) TO BE A BIBLICAL MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH WE MUST: I. To all the New Testament writers, but perhaps specially to him, and his comrade John, their own time was the ‘last time,’ the dispensation beyond which there was to be no other, and the close of which was so near that nothing seemed to stand between them and it. How Aliens Keep the Identity of Their Homeland. Its cognates occur almost exclusively in the Pastoral Epistles. 1 Peter 4:7. They attend and participate in order to meet the minimum requirements of membership. Yet, strange to say, there is hardly any passage of Scripture which has given rise to more frequent cavils than this simple assurance. The expectation of the Power.—But the choice of this passage for the Epistle at this season transfers the idea of watching and waiting for the Christ’s second coming, to the similar attitude which the Apostles must have adopted at this time in expectation of the fulfilment of our Lord’s promise that He would send the Comforter to them. St. Paul also depends on parable of Luke 12:42-46 in 1 Thessalonians 5:6 ff.— , the paramount duty of Christians is prayer especially for the coming of the Lord (Revelation 22:20; Luke 11:2; cf. To be of sound mind, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b. “Amor jam præsupponitur: ut sit vehemens, præcipitur.” Beng. This is the 24th and final message. 1 Peter 1:22. That the apostle, without fixing the time or the hour of it, looked upon the advent of Christ and the end of the world,—in its condition hitherto,—therewith connected, as near at hand, must be simply admitted.(246). The first verb includes more than sobriety, and means the keeping a check upon all the desires. To refer this to the destruction of Jerusalem, with Dr. Clarke and others, assumes an unlikely interest in that event on the part of those to whom St. Peter is writing, and furnishes no proper basis for the exhortations which follow. Tyndale’s rendering, therefore, expresses the point most happily, ‘Be ye, therefore, discreet and sober, that ye may be apt to prayers.’ The prayerfulness which sustains the believer under heathen revilings, and brings health to the life of the Church itself, must be fed by a mind lifted above the agitations of passion and fear. Here it is the hiding of offences (both from one another and in God’s sight: see below) by mutual forbearance and forgiveness, which is meant. By adding prayer, he points out an exercise especially necessary, in which the faithful ought to be particularly occupied, since their whole strength depends on the Lord; as though he had said, “Since ye are in yourselves extremely weak, seek of the Lord to strengthen you.” He yet reminds them that they were to pray earnestly, not formally. These counsels are for personal life. ‘It should be remembered that these words of the apostle were written on the eve of the destruction of the Jewish state. John Piper Sep 19, 1993 105 Shares Should we not rather sit loose to the things of this world, seeking them as though we sought them not, and using them as though we used them not [Note: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31.]? Or we can depend on the strength that God provides, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3. In opposition to the fleshly lusts of the Heathens, hinted at 1 Peter 4:6 and mentioned expressly, 1 Peter 4:2-4 the Christians are exhorted to be sober, or temperate; and in opposition to the stupor and security of the unbelieving Jews, they were to watch unto prayer; that they might not be involved in the like calamities with the unbelieving Jews and apostate Christians. And watch unto prayer — To which temperance, moderation in worldly desires and cares, prudence, and consideration, are great helps, tending to produce a wakeful state of mind, and guarding against all temptations to sin and folly. (1 Corinthians 12:4, 7) . Human history now moves under the shadow of the divinely announced eschatological kingdom. The opposite is intoxication, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b. Diligent effort is needed, not carelessness. πάντων, placed first by way of emphasis, is not masc. ‘In this way pray you, “Let your name be made holy, let your kingly rule come, let your will be done, on earth as in Heaven” ’ (Matthew 6:9-10). 1 Peter 4:7. HAVE THE PROPER REASON FOR OUR PRAYER LIFE, II. [Note: D. Edmond Hiebert, Working With God: Scriptural Studies in Intercession, p7.] The same is true for church membership. πάντων τὸ τέλος, equal to: “the end of all things,” refers back to the foregoing ἑτοίμως ἔχοντι κρῖναι; with the judgment comes the τέλος. (Note: This message was preached just before the turn of â¦ 3:10-15; 4:1-5; 2Кор. They should speak "as the oracles of God" b. Most organizations are not organized to have different levels of membership. Their constitutions and by-laws have only one “class” of membership: participating members. ( Log Out / The shortness of time and the nearness of eternity should lead all so to live as to be habitually prepared for a change of worlds. 3:7). This statement illustrates the importance of prayer. Бодрствование создает мышление пришельца. Trust in the Lord, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â c. Rest in Him, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 5. ii., p. 40. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Are you using your gifts? Sermon. This is not a time to slip into self-pity or self-indulgence. Peter uses this idea of “clear-headed” half of the times it is found in the New Testament, NOTE: Maybe because Peter was so “flighty” in the early part of his ministry, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. g.]â Î¿á½Î½ , therefore ) He returns to exhortation; and in 1 Peter 4:7-11 duties are opposed to the sins enumerated in 1 Peter 4:3 . 1 Peter 4:7. 1 Peter 4:1-6 Living Like Christ in an Unbelieving World. The great majority of men seem disposed to ignore the very existence of the spiritual world, the presence and actions of the Holy Ghost upon the souls of men. The supreme importance of love as the controlling factor in all relationships in the church, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4. ‘Soundness of the mind’ is seen as of great importance in the New Testament. They would be especially necessary if any moment might see the end of the world. a life of continuing prayer)’ (Matthew 17:21). Not self glorification, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. Look around you, and see how many of your own age are gone within your remembrance [Note: Here any recent deaths may be adverted to, and the circumstances of them, if peculiar, be specified.]. 1:10; Иак. (a) The context is dealing with the final judgment (). But it is more probable that he referred to the end of the world, which was generally represented as so near, that St. Paul was obliged to rectify the mistake which had arisen in the minds of the Thessalonians with respect to it [Note: 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3.]. In that passage, we discovered that it is not the pastor, the deacons, or the other leaders in a church who do all of the ministry in the church. Prayer - Greek, 'prayers:' the end for which we should exercise vigilance. The ‘end’ is the new view-point from which they are offered to the eye, but the graces themselves are such as relate specially to what Christians should be in face of temptations to heathen vice and under the burden of heathen persecution. But the end of all things is at hand:— That is, of all things relating to the Jewish temple, city, and nation:—an event, which so strongly corroborated the prophecies, and was on many accounts so alarming in itself, and so confirmatory of the Christian religion, that we cannot wonder the sacred writers dwell so often upon it. Put the question to your conscience, and answer it faithfully in the sight of God: and then look at the direction given you by God himself: “Be sober,” and moderate in your attachment to the things of time; and “watch unto prayer,” that you “may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.”. The same expressive term is applied to the advent of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17; Matthew 10:7; Mark 1:15; Luke 10:4), to the approach of the traitor and the ‘hour’ of the Son of man (Matthew 26:45-46), to the entrance of the ‘day’ (Romans 13:12), etc. It is but a repetition in other words of 1 Peter 4:5, inserted again to give weight to all the exhortations which follow. [Note: Lenski, p193. There are memberships to medical, social, and political clubs. The ancient title by which the Sunday after Ascension Day was known was Expectation Sunday, and the title gradually extended itself to the whole week, and even sometimes the concluding days of the previous one, so that the whole interval between Ascension Day and Whit-Sunday was stamped with this mark of expectation or waiting. This is the end to which the cultivation of the previous graces should look, the great interest which it should advance. The nearness is not that of time, but that before the Lord; as he explains, 2 Peter 3:8-9, to guard against misapprehension, and defends God from the charge of procrastination. Here again it is just as likely that the δέ was inserted because there seemed to be no immediate connexion, as that it was omitted to produce that connexion), having your love towards one another (on ἑαυτούς in this sense, see note, Colossians 3:13) intense (see ch. The true reading here is neither ‘prayer,’ nor ‘the prayers’ (as if the social prayers of the Church were exclusively in view), but ‘unto prayers.’ Prayer of all kinds, therefore, whether private or public, personal or social, seems to be in view. And each of us are to be "good stewards" (accountable servants) of whatever gifts or abilities we may have 3. In every way we serve, Jesus gets the glory, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. Bible > 1 Peter > Chapter 4 > Verse 7 Library â¢ Free Downloads â¢ eBibles To refer this to the destruction of Jerusalem, with Dr. Clarke and others, assumes an unlikely interest in that event on the part of those to whom St. Peter is writing, and furnishes no proper basis for the exhortations which follow. the governing omnium immoderatorum affectuum; with the passage comp. Last time we took our message from the epistle of 1st Peter where Peter encourages his readers how to respond as they lived in a world that hated them because it hated their Savior. 1 Peter 4:7. Sep 29, 2016. ‘Will not God avenge His elect who cry to Him day and night, and He is longsuffering over them?’ (Luke 18:7). II. Love that does not turn off, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4. Christ's Absence and Return. God’s promises not unconditional.—Our Lord, Who by His death hath led captivity captive, and by His ascension hath given gifts to men, has promised them unto us in fullest measure, if we are ready to receive them, for we must not forget that God’s promises are not unconditional. 1 Pet 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. is at hand = has drawn near. An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Instead, Peter is using the word âcharismaâ in the same sense that Paul uses it in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; . Peter deals with the ‘fear sign’ in Christians, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. It is not enough to understand both expressions of abstinence from sensual indulgence. For as an indulgence in surfeiting and sleep renders the body unfit for its duties, so the vain cares and pleasures of the world inebriate the mind and render it drowsy. 2 Peter 2:10-12 Practically this end comes to each one of us at death, when our probation closes for ever; as it is written, "After this, the judgment," Hebrews 9:27. 111-112) While this is a good explanation, a couple of things concerning this view don’t completely fit. Ver. It is a truth from which we need not shrink, that every sin which love hides from man’s sight, is hidden in God’s sight also. proper prayer is not an "opiate" or escape, but rather a function of clear vision and a seeking of even clearer vision from God. — — —, To the younger part, who dream of months and years to come, it is more obviously necessary to repeat the warning in the text. Besides, we must remember this principle, that from the time when Christ once appeared, there is nothing left for the faithful, but with suspended minds ever to look forward to his second coming. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. In view of persecution, possible death or the Second Coming, the New Testament never instructs Christians to sell all their possessions, live in a commune, find an isolated location in which to dwell or depart from society. The consideration of this solemn truth may well prepare us for, [Sobriety does not merely import temperance with relation to meat and drink, but moderation with regard to our desire of earthly things, or our enjoyment of them. Keep a clear head, and PRAY! Matthew 26:40-41). πάντων δὲ τὸ τέλος ἤγγικεν] δέ marks clearly the transition to another train of thought. We may say, then, without hesitation that if we are to have any full measure of spiritual gifts, if there is to be any real growth of spiritual life within us, we must watch and pray, we must be men of prayer. The greatest hindrance to spiritual life is scantiness of devotion. and νήφειν, but: “unto prayer,” that is, so that you may always be in the right frame of mind for prayer. The three belong together. Watch—So as to have the habit of prayer. 1 Timothy 2:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 4:15-16). ‘Unto prayer.’ They had after all much to pray for. For the building up the body of Christ, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. Ephesians Four reminds us that gifts are given for the church not the individual, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b. Thus Whitby understands him: “This phrase, and the advice upon it, so exactly parallel to what our Lord had spoken, will not suffer us to doubt that the apostle is here speaking, not of the end of the world, or of all things in general, which was not then, and seems not yet to be at hand, but only of the end of the Jewish state.” Thus also Macknight: “This epistle being written about a year after the war with the Romans began, which ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish state, Peter, who had heard his Master’s prophecy concerning these events, and the signs of their approach, had good reason to say that they had approached.” But, as Dr. Doddridge justly observes, this was an event in which most of those, to whom the apostle wrote, were comparatively but little concerned. "Power" is the Greek noun kratos, "ability to exhibit or express resident strength, might," and in our passage, "exercise ruling ability, power, rule, sovereignty." 8], as probably omitted in (16) (17) &c., because its force was not perceived, may just as well be regarded as an insertion owing to the plural seeming strange, which has also led to the correction into προσευχήν in ms. 13. Be ye therefore sober, &c.] To be sober in prayer (saith one) is to pray with due respect to God’s majesty, without trifling or vain babbling; to let our words be few, Ecclesiastes 5:3. In the former sense, as referring to nearness of place, see, because love covereth a multitude of sins. THEME: TO BE A BIBLICAL MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH WE MUST: I. Drink makes drowsy; drowsiness prevents prayer. Amen”, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b. 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