Hermas, Sim., ix. Don’t … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 Peter 4:12-19" That verse also proclaims that Christ is God Himself. Keep a notebook handy to jot down questions, ideas and applications. The revelation then was incomplete, but nevertheless powerful to save if accepted in faith. this (end). men“indeed” - which has not been retained in the common translation, but which is quite important to the sense: “that they might indeed be judged in the flesh, but live,” etc. 1 Peter 4:6 ‘For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.’. 1 Peter 4:7. “To encourage you to suffer death for Christ, know that is why the Good News was preached also to the Gentiles dead in sin (, to make them know Christ; to those who had been judged and condemned to death in their physical existence as all men are judged (, it was preached to them so that by the power of God, in their spiritual existence (as Christ now lives) they may, This applies to both right now, and to eternity. Sep 22, 2016. I agree completely with the commentary shared here. Not the fact that Christ was now ready for judgment; for although He will certainly not come until the dead as well as the quick are in a position to be judged, yet we should then have expected something more like, “The reason why the dead were preached to was that the judgment might no longer be put off;” instead of which, the whole point, of the verse is the particular destiny in reserve for those dead, which destiny was the intention and result of Christ’s preaching the gospel to them. 1 John 2:28). Thus some have now physically died, whereas others are ‘dead in Christ’ (1 Peter 4:1). spirit. These considerations, and others of like kind, render this popular view of the passage very doubtful indeed. I just saw the comments above and I am not a Mormon. In Peter"s day Christians had preached the gospel to other people who had become Christians who had already died. The only time we can come to Christ is when we are alive on earth. The preaching took place when these “dead ones” were still amid the living. ", "These are not all of the dead who shall face the Judge at the last day but those to whom the gospel was preached prior to Peter"s writing (by the gospel preachers mentioned in. Are We Living in the Last Days? If we are judged and put to death, we will live again with Him. Your email address will not be published. This verse is one of the most challenging verses in the Bible to interpret. Death is not the last word for believers because God will raise them from the dead. 2 Corinthians 5:3-4). Are you dead, spiritually? The argument of First Peter is that believers are to endure persecution knowing that they have eternal life before them. No one with an un-preoccupied mind could doubt, taking this clause by itself, that the persons to whom this preaching was made were dead at the time of being preached to. This is the only time when preaching is effective — when we are alive physically on earth. 1 Peter 4:6. The first half of 1 Pet 4:6 is fairly straightforward. ‘they may live in the spirit according to the will of God’-‘spirit’-‘Since spirit is without the definite article in the Greek text, it could be translated “in the spiritual realm”…’(Grudem p. 171). The plain meaning is, that the gospel was preached to men when living, who are now dead, just as it would be perfectly correct to say that it was preached to saints in glory, or to souls that are in perdition; meaning, that it was preached to them when here on the earth. That it does not mean voluntary self-mortification of the flesh in this world seems clear (among other considerations) by comparison of our present passage, for the opportunity for self-mortification in the flesh was long past for the spirits to whom Christ preached. Will you now trust what Christ has done for you? It is a blessing that you will seriously study this passage. “To encourage you to suffer death for Christ, know that is why the Good News was preached also to the Gentiles dead in sin (Ephesians 2:1), to make them know Christ; to those who had been judged and condemned to death in their physical existence as all men are judged (Romans 3:9); it was preached to them so that by the power of God, in their spiritual existence (as Christ now lives) they may live as God lives.” This applies to both right now, and to eternity. The two things have something like this relation to each other—‘in order that, though once judged indeed, as other men are, as regards the flesh, they might, as regards the spirit, have an enduring life such as God lives.’ The terms ‘in the flesh,’ ‘in the spirit,’ are used here as in 1 Peter 3:19. Why did not St. Paul say, “To deliver such an one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that he may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus?” and St. Peter, “For this cause was the gospel preached to the dead also, that though judged indeed in flesh, they might, after all, live according to God?” And what is the point of this dread warning, if in the end these Antediluvians attain to the same bliss, “both in body and soul,” as other men? 1 Peter 4:7-11 teaches the third way we are to live godly lives: Accomplish the Will of God like Christ, page 5 of 6 around the theme 1 Peter 4:1-11 Living for God. The particle men, marking the contrast, is ignored in the Authorized Version and Revised Version. This verse does not teach that people will be preached to after they die. Search; Search for: Search for: 1 Peter 4:7-11 – Commentary on 1 Peter. Literally, this phrase would read “to dead ones.” They are dead from the viewpoint of the remaining Christians on earth. It overlooks the circumstance that the act of being ‘judged according to men’ is represented as subsequent to the preaching. The judgment of men of these believers was death (see James Ac.12:2 or Antipas Re.2:13). Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible. 1 Peter 3:18). 1 Peter 4:6 ‘For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.’ Or how should the mention of Christ’s graciousness towards the unrighteous dead incite the righteous living to a persevering separation from heathen impurity? They are dead spiritually. Christ is Judge, and the cause of all is safe with Him, of those who die, not less than of those who survive. The tense in the verb “was preached” is most important (aorist tense [one point], indicative mood [actually happened]). Heaven is their real home. But, in spite of the twofold use of the term by our Lord Himself in the saying, ‘Let the dead bury their dead’ (Matthew 8:22), it is impossible to give it a different meaning in 1 Peter 4:6 from what it has in 1 Peter 4:5. And cross reference with Ephesians 4: 8-9 – He ascended but before that descended and “He led the captives away and gave gifts to men.”. I thought about the parallel contrasted in 1Pi.4:6 highlighted by the greek use of "men" and "de". Therefore, the saints should put their trust in God who judges and not fear their persecutors. But the dead must be the same as in 1Pe 4:5; and there they are opposed to the … Thank you and keep reading the Word of our Savior Jesus. I  come from Laos and I am planing to have my research about this text 1 Peter 4:6. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). Listen to Pastor Robert Furrow as he continues his Commentary on the book of 1 Peter picking up today in chapter 4, verse 7. 1 Peter 4:6 For, for this cause was the Gospel preached also Not for what goes before, because Christ was ready to judge quick and dead; and because wicked men must give an account to him, and therefore the Gospel is preached to them also, that they may be left without excuse; but for what follows, and which does not so much design the reason of the preaching of it, as the event consequential upon it. 3. judgment-day. For Peter is not dealing with any such question as to how it shall stand with those who have not heard the Gospel in this world, but with a plain case where the Gospel is known,—the case where Christians are slandered by their heathen neighbours for their fidelity to the Gospel. This could not possibly have anything to do with 3:19-20. This sweeps away a whole class of expositions. I’ve been reading your explanation and people’s comments, I said it’s a few who can be so kind to reply. Peter now gives the explanation. That they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.—In order to obtain a clear notion of this hard saying, it will be necessary once more to survey the course of the whole passage. And we are assured that Christians who die, are none the less living and are enjoying the blessings in the spiritual realm (Luke 16:25). It is generally agreed, therefore, that the judgment spoken of must mean more than either the mortification of the flesh, or the chastening of God, and that what is referred to is physical death as the penalty of sin, the judgment from which none, not even the saved, are exempt. "Peter does not say that the gospel is being preached even to the dead but was preached. Biblical References: 1Pe 4:6-7. [Note: E.g, Barclay, p295.] Lesson Plans for 1 Peter Bible Study. This brings us to consider what is meant by their being “judged in flesh” (i.e., as in 1 Peter 4:1, so far as flesh is concerned). 🙂. 1 Peter 4:13. Meyer holds that this is an expansion of I Peter 3:20. It does not follow that Peter should change his argument to a promise of a second chance. 1 Peter 4:6 KJ21 For, for this cause was the Gospel preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. Thanks for your hard work. But in case they chose to be evil-doers, it was certain that they would suffer. It is expressed by the well-known verb which always means to ‘bring good news,’ to ‘publish the Gospel,’ etc. The judgment is imminent because all necessary preliminaries have been accomplished. We do so to enable people to give that account joyfully rather than sorrowfully (cf. His idea of this judgment is rather of a “judgment” such as took place in the days of Noe, a great crisis (the Greek word for “judgment”) or world-wide catastrophe, which, of course, cannot harm the just, but only the unjust. Note that the above passage says that you immediately pass from death (spiritual) into life (eternal) at the moment of belief. Strom., vi. Optional: Complete our How to Study a Book of The Bible lessons with 1 Peter. Once we have suffered and not compromised our faith, we have made a clear choice to put sin behind us and seek God's will just as Christ did. App-101. You did spoke a bit about it. Read 1 Peter through in one sitting. An alternative is to see this as referring to both the living and the dead referred to in 1 Peter 4:5, with a double meaning being given to ‘dead’. 1, 4, etc.) The Bible says that the gospel was “preached to the dead” (1 Peter 4:6). to, "interpret unclear verses with the clear verses' and "interpret the minority of texts with the majority of texs". Then you launch into a non-sequitur which has no relevance to this passage. Peter also wants his readers to understand the *gra… “For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”. This is man"s day (1 Corinthians 4:3), when he is judging and condemning. Calvary Tucson Teachings Archive: 1 Peter 4:7-11. Chapter 3 refers to a different thing: it says "spirits in prison". Those who responded to the gospel were judged according men in the body, which means they suffered and possibly even died for the faith. 1. The verses in this pericope are a strong encouragement to endure suffering. On the former interpretation the argument becomes this—‘Be not disturbed or led astray by your revilers; they have their account to give to Christ Himself, all of them, whether they be dead or living when He comes; for the object with which the Gospel was preached to those now departed, as it is preached to those now living, was to lead them to the life of God; and if they frustrate this object, it will only make their condemnation surer.’ On the latter it amounts to this,—‘Have done for ever with the vile, pagan life; the heathen will persecute you, and justify their persecutions by reviling your character; be not moved by that. 1 Peter 4:6. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Peter has written that unbelievers, who spend their lives seeking their own pleasure, resent and abuse Christians, who spend their lives seeking God's will even at the cost of their own comfort. Not a few affirm that only dogmatic prepossession can account for the contrary opinion. 2. 1 Peter 4:8-11. There may well have been in mind here some who had recently died violently for Christ in the area to which Peter was writing, victims of mob violence, or of the scourges of cruel masters. It is difficult, too, to see how the idea in question bears upon the exhortation which Peter is pointing. Sep 15, 2016. They are eternally out of fellowship with God (Romans 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13). All would run smoothly, indeed, if we could follow Augustine in taking the ‘dead’ here in the sense of the spiritually dead. 16.5–16.7; Cl. Morning Dr Grant, how are you, today I bring Titus 2:13. ‘been preached even to those who are dead’-The ‘dead’ mentioned in the previous verse applies to those who are physically dead. were apt to disquiet the first converts, kindling as they did with the prospect of Christ’s speedy return,—namely, the perplexity caused by the non-exemption of Christians from death, ‘the wages of sin,’ and the fear that those who died before Christ’s coming should somehow suffer loss. Verse 5 points to the condemnation of unbelievers while the judgment of verse 6 relates to the death of believers. Moreover, the absence of the article does not restrict "dead" to particular dead persons, for there is no article in 1 Peter 4:5 also, where "the dead" is universal in meaning. 1 Peter 2:4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God (NASB: Lockman). ), For - reason for 1 Peter 4:5, "judge the dead.". Compare 1 Peter 3:18. It is then a remarkable consolation to the godly, that death itself brings no loss to their salvation. So both are true. 1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God (1 Peter 4:1-2). Al. It is important to note that in 1 Peter 3:19 the “spirits” are not human beings. Peter is explaining that unbelievers must give account to God (v.5). “For” is a term of explanation. If this is the case, then, pretty obviously, St. Peter is carrying us back to his teaching of 1 Peter 3:19, and is explaining further the purpose of Christ’s descent into hell. Either this preaching in Hades is identified with the preaching mentioned in 1 Peter 3:19; in which case it is open to the objections already taken to the theory of a presentation of the Gospel, by the disembodied or quickened Redeemer, to the souls of the disobedient of Noah’s time in Hades. For this cause—In view of the judgment. The problem is that Christianity has watered down and has decided to form doctrine to appease pagan practices and not only that but to come up with a doctrine like the Trinity that took 2 centuries to debate on the deity of God? Alford is wrong, 'that they might be judged according to men as regards the flesh' - i:e., be in the state of the completed sentence on sin, which is death after the flesh. To ignorant individuals, this is taken as proof that God doesn’t exist or that Christianity isn’t the “way” to God. This makes it unlikely that Peter’s ‘judged according to men’ is parallel in sense to Paul’s ‘delivering men to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus’ (1 Corinthians 5:5), and ‘when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord that we should not be condemned with the world’ (1 Corinthians 11:32). I think I remember reading once that this section of 1 Peter had over 60 interpretations. At the last day men will be judged according to the way they lived while in the flesh or before they died ( 2 Corinthians 5:10). We agree with Alford that dead, here, is, as in 1 Peter 4:5, the physically dead, and not, as Wordsworth, the “dead in sins;” but he is in error in holding its equal comprehension in both verses. 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