Remembering Christ When You Are Suffering for His Cause
1 Peter Chapter 3:17-18
“ It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil ”.
Two mentioned sufferings:
1. Suffering for doing good. Suffering for doing good means you suffer for God’s cause, as a committed follower of Christ. You are urged to suffer for righteousness sake. You are urged to share and live his command even to the point of rejection and persecution.
2. Suffering for doing evil. We suffer because of our disobedience to God, we suffer because of our sins, we suffer because we are living in this fallen world. ”.
Making the Right Choices in Life?
…… ...Does it glorify God? (1 Cor 10:31)
.……..Does it help my witness for Christ? (1 Cor 9: 19:22)
……… Is it against a specific command in the Scripture and would cause me to sin? (1 Cor 10:12)
.……..Am I motivated by a desire to help others to know Christ? (1 Cor 9:23; 1 Cor 10:33)
……… Am I thinking only of myself, or do I truly care about the other person? (1 Cor 10:24)
……… Am I acting lovingly or selfishly? (1 Cor 10:28-31)
……… Will it cause someone else to sin? (1 Cor 10:32)
……… Does it help me do my best? (1 Cor 9:25)
……… Is it the best and most beneficial course of action (1 Cor 10:23; 33)
“ Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope.”
“ Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Why does God Allow Us to Suffer for Doing Good
“ Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”
“ Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory”.
"Remember Christ's Suffering on the Cross" 1 Peter Chapter 3:18 “ For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit”. How Should We Respond?
1. Christ’s suffering is propitiatory
1 Peter 3:18 “ For Christ died for sins once….. Significance of Christ Suffering on the Cross
Hebrews 9:22 and 26-28
“ In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
verses 26-28 “Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time not to bear sin but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.”
2. Christ’s suffering is substitutionary
1 Peter 3:18 “ For Christ died for sins once FOR ALL.. Significance of Christ Suffering on the Cross
2 Corinthians 5:21
“ God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God”
“ But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
3. Christ’s suffering is complete
1 Peter 3:18 “ For Christ died for sins once for all, THE RIGHTEOUS FOR THE UNRIGHTEOUS ….” Significance of Christ Suffering on the Cross
“ By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all . .”
4. Christ’s suffering is reconciliatory
1 Peter 3:18 “ It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, TO BRING YOU TO GOD. Significance of Christ Suffering on the Cross
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
“ All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
5. Christ’s suffering is victorious.
1 Peter Chapter 3 verse 18: “ It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. HE WAS PUT TO DEATH IN THE BODY BUT MADE ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT”. Significance of Christ Suffering on the Cross
Christ’s suffering is propiatory
Christ’s suffering is substitutionary
Christ’s suffering is complete
Christ’s suffering is reconciliatory
Christ’s suffering is victorious
Significance of Christ Suffering on the Cross
Romans 3:24…………We are justified (declared
“ not guilty” of sin).
Romans 8:1 ………….No condemnation awaits us
1 Cor 1:2 ……………..We are set free from the law of sin
1 Cor 1:30…………….We are righteous and holy in
1 Cor 15:22………….. We will be made alive at the
2 Cor 5:17…………… We are new creation
Galatians 3:28……… We are one in Christ with all
Ephesians 1:3……… We are blessed with every
spiritual blessing in Christ
Our Identity in Christ
Ephesians 1:4………… We are holy, blameless and
covered with God’s love
Ephesians 1:5-6………. We are adopted as God’s
Ephesians 1:7…………..Our sins are taken away and we
Ephesians 1:13………….We are marked as belonging to
God by the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 2:6…………..We have been raised up to sit
with Christ in glory
Ephesians 2:10…………We are God’s work of art
Ephesians 3:6…………..We share in the promise in
Ephesians 3:12…………We can come with freedom and
confidence into God’s Presence
Our Identity in Christ
Ephesians 5:29-30……. We are members
of Christ’s body, in church
Colossians 2;10………. We have been
given fullness in Christ
Colossians 2:11………..We are set free
from our sinful nature
2 Timothy 2;10………..We will have
Our Identity in Christ
“ Your attitude must be like my own, for I the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve and to give my life.”
1. God will bless you because you suffer for His name.
2. God uses the suffering to bring blessing to others.