1 Peter 4:12-19 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
(13) but rejoice (a) to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that (b) when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
(14) If you are reproached for the name of Christ, (a) blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, (b) but on your part He is glorified.
(15) But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.
(16) Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.
****(17) For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
(18) Now, “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear.”
(19) Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
4:12 Don’t be astonished that You and I have to suffer as Christians. The Greek word translated FIERY TRIAL is used to speak of the intense fire that burned away impurities in metal; (read 1 Pet. 1:6-7).
To Try you: You and I as Christians, the purpose of suffering is to prove our true character, to clear away the dross of our sin and to allow the pure nature of Christ to show itself. Some strange thing: You and I should expect and prepare for suffering.
4:13 When His Glory Is Revealed: Suffering will be part of the Christian experience until Christ returns (read Rom. 8:18-22).
4:14 Reproached: You and I as Christians may be unjustly blamed because of our association with Christ. Peter called this situation BLESSED because it brought great reward in the next life (read Matt. 5:10-12).
Rests Upon You: When You and I as Christians suffer unjustly on behalf of Christ, we will discover that the close relationship that we have with God during this period will refresh our spirit.
4:15 Busybody: Meddling in other people’s business is equated with murdering and stealing.
4:17 The Time Has Come For Judgment: Judgment does not always imply condemnation in Scripture. When used in relation to Christians, it refers to the evaluation of (us as) believers (our) works for the purpose of reward (read 1 Cor.3:10-15).
The House of God: Please don’t focus on a building but on ourselves as believers.
Those Who Do Not Obey: Throughout this letter, Peter speaks of those who are not part of God’s eternal family as being disobedient (read 1 Pet.2:7-8; 3:1,20).
4:18 Scarcely Saved: No one deserves to be saved, and no one is able to be saved by his or her good works (read Eph. 2:8-9).
Everyone deserves condemnation, the fact that anyone is saved is solely the result of God’s grace.
Appear: If God does not hold back judgment from His own people, imagine the end of the enemies of God who have no one to justify them before Him (read Ps.1:4-6; Rev.20:11-15).
4:19 As Christians, we are to entrust our lives to God, especially in the midst of suffering, always recognizing that He never gives us more than we can handle ( 1 Cor. 10:13); everything He does always has a good purpose (please read Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
1 Corinthians 10:13 Nor complain as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.