The love which Christ approves is that which" many waters cannot quench," and which is "stronger than death." This "fervent charity" was to be exercised primarily amongst those who had the closest union, inter se, through their union in Christ. If any hear, let him hear "as the oracles of God," not as a well-tuned sound, to help you to sleep an hour; not as a human oration, to displease or please you for an hour; not as a school lesson, to add some what to your stock of knowledge, or as a feast of new notions; but hear as the oracles of God. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) Revelation 1:4-8 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: This book opens with the Greek words, Apokalypsis Iesou Christou (The revelation of Jesus Christ). In them the light must first sink in before it can ray out. Jan 10, 1982. Your email address will not be published. God's love is the point from which to move the soul. Moses, good in counsel, requires the help of Aaron ready of speech. Our corrupt selfishness makes us dull of sight, coldhearted, and ungrateful. So, though in an infinitely superior sense, as the Son has been the medium through which the Father has shone forth, and has attracted the admiration and homage of all intelligent creatures, we may rightly say that in Him He has been glorified. 2. In refusing to see small faults. That which is shown to be true of God's natural gifts is true in a still higher degree of His gifts of grace. The communion of saints, which we believe, requires it.4. The labour of love is essential not only to good stewardship, but to the Christian character itself; and every man may make — and ought to make if there be any difficulty in the way — leisure and opportunity for such labour of love. It is not to be all giving with some, and all receiving with others. It avoids giving occasion for sin. ", 2. The individual trees of a forest do not need much from one another; they grow the better, perhaps, for growing in a brotherhood; they shelter each other, they benefit by a certain neighbourhood and reciprocity, but they are not absolutely essential to one another; if there were but one oak tree in England it would grow pretty much as it does today in the forests of oak. A gentleman walks into his grounds on a summer morning, and delighted with certain flowers, says to his gardener, "These are very line; send a few into the house." The end of earthly greatness, or wealth, or pleasure, is at hand. "Granted, that he is now becoming soured and crabbed; but, then, what a glorious man he was in those earlier days, when he stood in the breach." Our gifts in their most highly cultivated form are all to be used for the common good. It follows, then, that as St. Peter introduced into his Epistle this latter part of the proverb, he intended it to be understood in the same sense in which it stood in the original language of Solomon. The gifts and endowments of individual men are as various as their outward appearance. make the most of your chances; once lost, they come not back again. 2. Peter using his spiritual gifts. So perhaps to return to the imagery of covering for a moment sin brings a multitude of consequences.Â It may be that sin leaves an odor.Â It may be that sin has a certain obnoxiousness that makes people want to leave.Â Boasting and pride can be a disordered way of trying to let people know that we are worthy of love and yet it can have the opposite effect.Â Rather than drawing people to us it pushes people away.Â It may be that the sinfulness of others leaves us hurting at the presence of another.Â My little nephew was over the other day.Â And I gave him a big hug.Â But this time he squealed in pain.Â He was sunburned.Â It may not just be that you find yourself bristling in the embrace of others because of the wounds you have experienced; it may be that you donât really share how you feel.Â It may be that people donât really know as much about you because you have found yourself wounded such that you donât share.Â It may be even worse.Â It may be that the wounding of others has left you vulnerable to an infection.Â Not the infection of gangrene that can destroy tissue and even bone, but something worse than gangrene.Â Perhaps you have been infected with bitterness and despair.Â Among the symptoms of bitterness and despair are record keepingâ¦.the veritable ledger recording wrongs done to oneâ¦or the presence of deep fiery envy that when full blown rejoices in the failure and suffering of others.Â But there is a more excellent way. It is the greatest gift. But further, that word "as" seems to teach us more than this. The Christian in covenant with God, receives all this way and returns all this way. II. "Administrations," a more limited class, as healing, prophesying, and speaking with tongues, are referred to the Son. We have not, I think, been good stewards of this manifold grace. Give what you have got, and do not distress yourself because you cannot give something else which you do not have. It is very plastic this grace of God, and accommodates itself to the constitutional peculiarities of men. 1. Indeed prayer is the only source of this sobriety and this watchfulness of mind. They may be fickle whom you blame, you may be obstinate. III. The Christian in covenant with God, receives all this way and returns all this way.(Abp. The redeemed are required to be "good stewards of the manifold grace of God." Consider what inducements to forget God, and to transgress His commandments, come from the worldly or the gay society in which we move. The brightest impressions fade from the soul if they are not renewed continually by the grace and blessing of God. 3. By and by, walking in the conscientiousness of refusing to retaliate when he feels tempted, he will cease to wish it; doing good and heaping kindness on those who injure him he will learn to love them. THE APPLICATION.1. The gifts of personal influence, of discerning sympathy, of persuasiveness of speech, of practical wisdom, as distinct from knowledge. What is the reason of the vast number of petitions that are presented to the Commons House of Parliament? But there is another side to all this; the poor, the illiterate, the weak, the obscure may also truly minister in many ways to the world's enrichment and blessing. "As ye have received even so minister." We do not tarry long enough in the exercise to realise that without which prayer is no prayer — namely, mental communion with the Infinite, something in our heart felt to be reciprocated and returned by the heart of God. We will now look at them in their relation to each other. Zollikofer. philanthropy may exist in the sphere of nature, but love, in this higher sense, can only exist in the sphere of grace. 4. Otherwise, they are as likely to possess us as we are to possess them, to be our masters as we are to be theirs.3. It is that glorious nature which has affinity with good under all forms, and loves to find it, to believe in it, and to see it. In chapter 3:19 Peter speaks of a different thing: Jesus going back to proclaim victory before rebellious spirits that rebelled before the flood (Genesis 6:1-2). PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT TO BE SOCIALLY EMPLOYED. to see that it was sent to win every affection, to brighten every smile, to shed fresh interest over every pursuit, to light up new hopes in every prospect — to embrace every variety of human temperament, assist every degree of human capacity? 2. Through Him God goes forth to His creatures. And how various their destination; how various the sphere of action assigned them; how manifold the good and useful that each may contrive, adopt, and do therein! It understands by sympathy. The man of quick intelligence and retentive memory who gains easily his place in the tripos may be far less worthy of honour than one of humble gifts and feeble powers. And now notice THE CHRISTIAN POSITION. 1 Peter 4:8. "Among yourselves." Life, a sphere of usefulness large or small, health, powers of mind and body. These were windows into the heart of God.(F. This is evidently God's purpose. The youth who is first at the bat or the oar; the student who leads his college class; the man who has made a reputation or a fortune in his profession or business, the woman whose grace and accomplishments are the delight of her friends; these, having the grace of Christ in their hearts, are not by these attainments detracting from its power, they are enshrining that grace more worthily; even as a diamond is more fittingly set in a ring of gold than in one of pinchbeck.Links1 Peter 4:8 NIV1 Peter 4:8 NLT1 Peter 4:8 ESV1 Peter 4:8 NASB1 Peter 4:8 KJV1 Peter 4:8 Bible Apps1 Peter 4:8 Parallel1 Peter 4:8 Biblia Paralela1 Peter 4:8 Chinese Bible1 Peter 4:8 French Bible1 Peter 4:8 German Bible1 Peter 4:8 CommentariesBible Hub. For though the will to resist sin may die out of a man, the conscience to condemn it never can. Let me now speak of another stewardship of God's manifold grace; that which we ordinarily know as talent; ability of various kinds, wherewith many are considerably, and some few eminently, endowed. (Canon Vernon Hutton. The rich must help the poor. Peter also wants his readers to understand the *gra… What is wanting to the former is possessed by the latter. It is the condition of receiving it, not its source. Peculiar was not used in the sense of "odd" or "weird," but as being "distinctive" in a singular, good way. It is God who putteth down one and setteth up another. II. 1:22; 3:8). Let each man go deep into his own heart. 1. Qualifies man to please his Maker, bless humanity, serve the universe, and inherit all things. Jesus told His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. Some rail at parsimony because they are open handed. 3. But when I look again at that word "as," another thought occurs to me. THE PRACTICAL INFLUENCE OF THIS CONSIDERATION. By this I mean, in the way of delivering it, that it be done gravely and decently. Now I observe, first, love cannot be produced by a direct action of the soul upon itself. * Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever – Matthew 8:14,15. To his eye the early Church presented one great idea, almost only one. He has just before been enjoining the mutual exercise of ungrudging hospitality. How long would a master endure that kind of conduct, and consent to be shut out of the disposal and enjoyment of his own property? Another has authority and strength, and how various are these in their kinds! This chapter directs us … 4. Are we not too often very clumsy in this respect? L. Watkinson.I. But it is far otherwise with the human species; we are essential to each other; one man in Leeds, one man in Europe, would hardly prosper; it is only in mutuality that the individual can live and come to the fulness of his glory and fruitfulness, that the race can reach its ideal life. 3. God is the centre of the universe which He has made, and He ministers to all. And the highest love is the desire to make men good and Godlike; it may wish, as a subordinate attainment, to turn this earth into a paradise of comfort by mechanical inventions; but far above that, to transform it into a kingdom of God, the domain of love, where men cease to quarrel and to envy, and to slander and to retaliate. Hence prayer is to the Christian the very life and health of his soul. yet is he to be of all others the most serviceable; he must not put his light under a bushel, nor hide his talent in a napkin.1. Nothing can be clearer than the duty of turning our means and opportunities to good account. )Minister the same one to anotherGifts to be communicated for the good of othersJohn Rogers.Though a Christian be the freest man in the world (as being freed from Satan, sin, hell, the law, etc.) Whatever man has he should benevolently employ for the advantage of others. The artist who reads nature's secrets, and catches bewitching smiles which are only seen by her lovers, glorifies Him who lives behind all nature. III. An act of fervent charity can obliterate the sins of a life. 2. 1 Peter 4:8-9. Peter wants to encourage Christians who are suffering for Christ.Although Christians might suffer in this life, they will not suffer for ever.This world is not their real home. 5. When we consider the shortness of the time for which these gifts are granted, we may consider them as loans, returnable to the lender when the term for which they are lent is expired. This charity is a Divine thing, the work and a fruit of the Spirit in the soul. John Piper Jan 10, 1982 102 Shares Sermon. Let a man begin in earnest with I ought, he will end, by God's grace, if he persevere, with the free blessedness of I will. How great a difference, to take an example, will be made in general society in the matter of Christian belief, according as one commanding man of genius, who has power over thought and language, makes use of that power. Peter invites us to come, “to (the Lord), a living stone…” (1 Peter 2:4). 1 Peter 3 1 Peter 5 Chapter 4. The man who lives for himself is not worthy of the name of man. As long as the mountain and valley exist the inequalities of society will exist; but as in the economy of nature there is no antagonism between the height and the depth, the mountain sending its streams into the valley, and the valley sending its fertility creeping up the mountain side; so there need be no war between rich and poor, between capital and labour, because together they establish that interdependence among men which is essential to the growth and perfecting of all. And here I would say, first of all, prayer must be intelligent. He is as unlike Christ, the ideal man, as it is possible for him to be. Do what you can, and you will do as well as the brother whose work you so greatly appreciate. A. CONSIDER LASTLY, HOW MANIFOLD AND DIFFERENT THE METHODS IN WHICH YE MAY SERVE YOUR BRETHREN, IN WHICH YE MAY DO THEM ALL THE GOOD THAT YE ARE ABLE. The gardener distinctly declines to do anything of the sort. God is glorified in an especial manner, by the effectual diffusion of the gospel, since there His perfections are most plainly illustrated, His dealings towards mankind most clearly displayed, and His requirements of homage and service most forcibly delineated and sanctioned. Everybody knows of Livingstone, of Bishop Hannington, of Paten, of Calvert; but the sublime enterprise conducted by these heroes would be impossible if it were not for the self-denying work of labouring men, farm servants, domestic servants, little children who give and collect coppers through the land and through the year. Who can overestimate the value of such an one as a centre of influence for good? The Christian in covenant with God, receives all this way and returns all this way.(Abp. God is glorified by the diffusion of such knowledge respecting His works, as tends to give a lively conviction of His existence, and His attributes of power, wisdom, and goodness. 2. It was given us for influence over ourselves; that our whole body, soul, and spirit might be sanctified wholly — that it might fill us to our utmost capacity with the fulness of God, and render us efficient for promoting His glory. Christianity is communal. 1. Required fields are marked *. 1 Peter 2:4-8: 2011-06-11 HOLINESS ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH: 1 Peter 1:22-2:3: 2011-06-10 HOLY BY GRACE: 1 Peter 1:17-21: 2011-06-09 HOLY WITH AND LIKE HIM: 1 Peter 1:13-16: 2011-06-08 AM I A CHILD OF GOD? Wherever this benevolent principle is it will discover itself by a readiness to assist and relieve all men, especially those who stand in need of our help, according to our abilities. )"As" and "so" -- the method of ministryW. We are all, as was said of the Spartan army of old, commanders of commanders; we all work upon those, who work in their turn upon others. 2. You cannot create love in the soul by force from within itself, but you may move it from a point outside itself. But though a charitable disposition may in one case have a wider sphere of action than it has in another, still the disposition itself is altogether independent of these external circumstances. 3. I cannot but feel that, if we would minister the gift as the Lord would have us minister it, we require greater delicacy of touch, keener discernment of human character, and a fuller appreciation of God's different methods of dealing with different souls than are commonly to be met with.(W. 1. 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