The Same Flood of Debauchery

1 Peter 4:1-2 ESV

“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.”

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, who is the second person of our triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – left his throne in heaven, came to the earth, and was born as a baby to a human mother, with God the Father as his birth father, for Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit. So, when he walked the earth he was fully human and fully God, but without sin. And so he suffered in the flesh as we suffer in the flesh.

But this is speaking about a different suffering, I believe, which we can see by the context here. For all humans suffer in the flesh, but not all humans have ceased from sin, not even all humans who profess faith in Jesus Christ. So, the suffering being mentioned here has to do with Jesus’ suffering on that cross whereby he took upon himself the sins of the entire world and he put our sins to death with him so that we could die with him to sin and live to his righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; Romans 6:1-23; 2 Corinthians 5:15,21).

So, when we believe in Jesus Christ with God-given faith, which is not of our own doing, but which is gifted to us by God (Ephesians 2:8-10), we are crucified with Christ in death to sin, and we are raised with him to walk in newness of life in him, no longer living as slaves to sin but now as slaves to God and to his righteousness. So now, by the grace of God, we are no longer to live according to the flesh, but now according to the Spirit; no longer in sin, but now in righteousness and in obedience to our Lord (Romans 6:1-23; Romans 8:1-14; Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 4:17-14; Romans 12:1-2).

1 Peter 4:3 ESV

“For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.”

The “Gentiles” were Non-Jews, but this term was also used to describe the ungodly. So, we, as followers of Jesus Christ, are no longer to live like the ungodly live in sinful passions and desires. We are not to be engaged in any type of sexual immorality, drunkenness, and lawless idolatry. But we are to walk (in conduct, in practice) in righteousness and holiness, in obedience to our Lord and to his commands (New Covenant), living self-controlled, upright, and godly lives while we wait for our Lord’s return (Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 4:17-24; Romans 6:1-23; Galatians 5:16-21; Ephesians 5:3-6).

1 Peter 4:4-5 ESV

“With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”

Now when we believe in Jesus with God-given faith, and we die with him to sin so that we can live to him and to his righteousness, our lives should change drastically. The old sinful patterns we used to follow should now be behind us, and now we should be walking according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh. Sin should no longer have mastery over our lives, and we should not let sin reign any more in our mortal bodies, to make us obey its passions. For if sin is what we obey, it leads to death, not life.

But, when we change, which is what it means to be reconciled to God, then those people in our lives who did not change with us may not be so accepting of the changes in our lives. For we no longer do much of the things we did before, but that they still do. And so they may now feel uncomfortable around us. For we don’t watch the same TV shows and movies, and/or we don’t drink the same drinks, or we don’t party any more like we used to, or we don’t waste lots of hours just entertaining ourselves.

But now our focus is more on the Lord and living our lives to please him, and to serving him with the time he has allotted us on this earth. But that will seem strange to them, and they will be surprised that we no longer do the things we did before, but that now we are dedicated to following the Lord Jesus in obedience. And so they may malign us and falsely accuse us of what we did not do, and they may attack us verbally and call us all sorts of names, and they may try to convince us that we are crazy, and they may do all sorts of things to try to shame us into going back to our old ways.

But we need to hold fast to our faith, and not let them unsettle us. We must stay the course no matter what opposition and persecution we might face for the sake of Jesus Christ and his gospel message. For all of us are going to have to stand before God/Christ one day and give an account for what we did with Jesus and his gospel and his salvation. For even many people who profess faith in Jesus Christ are still living in deliberate and habitual sin, and they are refusing to bow the knee to God and to obey his commands.

And Jesus Christ said that not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” is going to enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the ones DOING the will of God the Father who is in heaven. For many are going to stand before Jesus one day claiming him as Lord of their lives and professing all the things they did in his name, and he is going to say to them, “I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of lawlessness,” for they refused to obey the Lord Jesus and so be saved (Matthew 7:21-23).

[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Hymn lyrics by William Williams, pub.1745
tr. by Peter Williams, pub.1771
Music by John Hughes, 1907

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more (2X).

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield (2X).

Lord, I trust Thy mighty power,
Wondrous are Thy works of old;
Thou deliver’st thine from thralldom,
Who for naught themselves had sold.
Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer
Sin and Satan and the grave (2X).

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee. Amen (2X).

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