Summary: The Apostle Peter demonstrates that followers of Christ are free from the penalty of sin, (justification) and the power of sin, (sanctification). Ultimately we will also be set free from the very presence of sin (glorification). Since Jesus suffered and died in order to bring us to Himself, we are to arm ourselves to live holy for Him, even at the cost of suffering.
1. A. In the context of suffering, for what purpose did Jesus die? Find the purpose clause in 1 Peter 3:18.
B. In what fashion was Lot and his family rescued, and how does that illustrate the way Christians are also rescued? Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 1 Peter 3:19-22
C. The Lord Jesus “died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God.” By satisfying the justice of God when He suffered in our place, He sets us free from the penalty of sin. But also, He draws us near to that Holy God. What are you doing to draw near to Him? Psalm 42:1-5, 63:1-8, Proverbs 2:1-7
2. A. What is the command given in 1 Peter 4:1?
B. Just how do we “arm” ourselves? And, how is the phrase, “he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin” explained for us in the next verse (4:2)? Romans 6:6-12, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Galatians 2:20
C. Because we belong to Christ, we are set free from the power of sin. What then is our part; what is our responsibility each day before God? Romans 6:12-18, 12:1-2, Galatians 5:16
3. A. Even as Paul discussed slavery to sin, so does Peter. Find the 3 categories of lust, escapism and idolatry, and what Peter says about them in 1 Peter 4:3.
B. What does God say regarding sexual sin? 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:5-7
C. We have already seen that in Christ, as we have been transformed by Him, that we are set free from the power of sin. Why then do believers struggle with sexual sin? Nothing will stunt the spiritual growth of the believer more than a failure to make a clean break from the old sinful ways. What does God empower His people to actually do by means of His overcoming grace? Psalm 51:1-10, Proverbs 5:15-21, Romans 6:16-22, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Hebrews 13:4
4. A. In what fashion does the world generally respond to Christians who walk in repentance, and how does God respond to them in return? 1 Peter 4:4-5
B. Who is He “who is ready to judge the living and the dead,” and what do the Scriptures say about Him? Acts 10:39-43, 17:30-31, Philippians 2:8-11, Revelation 4:8
C. Since they face such a judgment, what must we be doing if we are to exemplify the compassionate obedience of Christ? Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 4:6