You must be men of prayer. That this idea is prominent in the passage selected as the Epistle is evident from the opening words of the text, ‘The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer,’ or, as the Revised Version has it, ‘Be ye therefore of sound mind, and be sober unto prayer.’ No doubt the thought that was prominent in the Apostle’s mind when he penned these words was, the second coming of his ascended Lord. 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. Watch, [ neepsate (Greek #3525)] - 'be soberly vigilant;' not intoxicated with worldly cares and pleasures. 1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. A BIBLICAL MEMBER I Peter 4:7-11 INTRODUCTION There are many kinds of memberships we can join. Introduction. Those who were most saintly in their lives, most fully endowed with all spiritual gifts, were those who in public and private were most earnest, most regular, most persevering, in their prayers and devotion. In speaking of the ‘end,’ Peter refers neither to the mere destruction of Jerusalem, nor to the end of the lives of individuals, but to the termination which awaits the present system of-things as a whole when Christ returns. 1Кор. passage from 1 Peter 4:7-11. They were setting their affections on things above. Oct 16, 1994. In other words they were to think sensibly, and behave sensibly in the light of His coming. Он призывает верующих жить в послушании и в уповании на возвращение Христа. The list is almost limitless. This desire after spiritual growth will not come naturally and unsought for.—We shall have to get our hearts into a receptive frame for the gifts. (Hensler; “the end of all men”) but neut. It is a time when we think about new starts, new beginnings, making resolutions, and singing, âShould old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Sermon Bible Commentary. τοῦτο δὲ ἀληθεῖ λόγῳ, ὁ χριστός: but simply the end, as in reff. But to make this possibility a fact, we need, and we all know sadly that we need, the fresh conviction of a Spiritual Presence in our troubled world, and spiritual fellowship with the unseen realised through the fulness of our humanity. However, not only did the dead need to be prepared for that future judgment, but so also did the living. Please open your Bibles with me to 1 Peter 4:7-11 as I read from the NIV translation. It is with the mind that we serve the Law of God (Romans 7:25). All the good deeds Christians do to and for one another, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b. Be you therefore of sound mind, and be sober unto prayer,’. James, that the expression was a proverb in common use. ], "To charge Paul or Peter with false prophecy for saying1900 years ago that the end is near, is to treat them unfairly. When we minister in our power (ability) we are glorified and God is ignored, NOTE: Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. When they realized we had come to talk about spiritual things, the atmosphere chilled. Their watching unto prayer fitted them in a remarkable degree for the coming of the Holy Spirit when He came. The supreme importance of love as the controlling factor in all relationships in the church, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4. John Piper Sep 19, 1993 105 Shares Denomination: Independent/Bible Marriage, Singleness, and the Christian Virtue of Hospitality. I. All the practical exhortations of this passage are founded upon the truth that "the end of all things is at hand." 1 Peter 4:7 ‘The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.’, ‘The end of all things is at hand’-‘End’-‘termination, the limit’ (Thayer p. 619); ‘in the sense of termination, cessation’ (Arndt p. 811); ‘the final issue or result of a state or process’ (Vine p. 26-27). This can also be understood in view of John’s, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. 1 Timothy 2:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Hebrews 4:15-16). Serving for Godâs Glory. The watchfulness and the sobriety to which he exhorted them, belong, as I think, to the mind rather than to the body. There are memberships to academic organizations. — — —, To the younger part, who dream of months and years to come, it is more obviously necessary to repeat the warning in the text. § 2). If our life were prolonged to the age of Methuselah, the space would be only as the twinkling of an eye in comparison of eternity [Note: 2 Peter 3:8. This indicates another turning- point in the Epistle. Neither is it a time to panic or give up. De Wette denies the reference, seeing that if St. Peter had cited from the Heb., he would in all probability have written πάσας τὰς ἁμαρτίας, or rather πάντα τὰ ἀδικήματα, as in Proverbs 17:9; and thinks, on account of the verbal correspondence with ref. 1 Peter 5:6-11 Reaching the End of Suffering. Zechariah 4:6, He is concerned about a manifestation of His power in His people in reaching others, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 5. 7But, or, moreover, the end of all things is at hand Though the faithful hear that their felicity is elsewhere than in the world, yet, as they think that they should live long, this false thought renders them careless, and even slothful, so that they direct not their thoughts to the kingdom of God. It is clear that the apostles understood that certain things had to happen before Jesus arrived (2 Thessalonians 2:2-5) Thus we must reject the view which states that the apostles believed that Jesus would return during their lifetime. In the prisonÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Genesis 39:23, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2. “I love (him, her, them), but I don’t like (him, her, them)”, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. Sensible and Sober â 1 Peter 4:7 With this universal and cosmic end in mind, Peter urges his readers to be âalertâ and sober in prayer, or more precisely, to be alert for the purpose of prayer. To the Jewish mind, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was the, and notes. 1 Peter 4:7-11 p.1154 in church bibles "The end of all things" 2012 The end of the world (v.7) Pray and love each other more (v.7-9) Use your gifts to glorify God (v.10-11) Where are the gifts from? We are apt to use these expressions without due consideration or sufficient thought. "The End is Here" Sermon: I Peter 4:7-11 âThe End is Hereâ [I Peter 4:7-11] December 31, 2017, Second Reformed Church We have reached the end of the calendar year. ], ". The gift of serving, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. 4. The plural points to repeated prayer (Schott). They watched unto prayer and they did this with one accord. Prayer based on knowledge and mature evaluation of a situation is more effective prayer, NOTE: Reading of missionary letters on Wednesday evenings and then praying, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4. THE office of the Gospel is, not to fill the mind with notions, but to renew the heart, and sanctify the life. ‘not the prayer based on daydreams and unreality, nor the prayer based on surprised desperation, but the prayer that calls upon and submits to God …for proper prayer is not an “opiate” or escape, but rather a function of clear vision ….It is only through clear communication with headquarters that a soldier can effectively stand guard.’ (Davids pp. Casual Christians always become casualties. Подчеркнув победу в страданиях через смерть, Петр здесь подчеркивает победу в страданиях через Второе пришествие Христа (ср. Christ Himself, however, encouraged His disciples by such promises. Grudem writes, ‘means that all the major events in God’s plan of redemption have occurred, and now all things are ready for Christ to return….all the previous acts in the drama of redemption have been completed---creation, fall, the calling of Abraham, the exodus from Egypt, the kingdom of Israel, the exile in Babylon and the return, the birth of Christ, his life, death and resurrection, his ascension into heaven, and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit to establish the church…All things are ready: the end of all things (the “goal” to which “all” these events have been leading) is at hand.’ (p. 173) Hamilton devotes a tremendous amount of space researching the background and usage of the phrase translated ‘at hand’. The LXX have translated this word wrongly πάντας τοὺς μὴ φιλονεικοῦντας. To all the New Testament writers, but perhaps specially to him, and his comrade John, their own time was the ‘last time,’ the dispensation beyond which there was to be no other, and the close of which was so near that nothing seemed to stand between them and it. Stand Fast (5:12) Now Peter concludes his letter with some personal words. prayers, proseuchas) is the general word for prayer and indicates that Peter had all kinds of praying in mind. If τάς be genuine, it is to be explained on the supposition that the apostle took the prayers of Christians for granted. Are you using your gifts? The end of all things; the end of the world, which the holy scriptures would have us consider as ever near, and for which they exhort us to maintain a constant state of preparation. Where love abounds in a fellowship of Christians, many small offences, and even some large ones are readily overlooked and forgotten, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3. Every time we minister as stewards God’s will and power will be seen, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2. Love will pass over wrongs done to a person rather than continue a dispute, NOTE: Used five times in the New Testament; Twice to pastors, three to all members, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â b. Observe the emphatically prefixed πάντων, almost bearing the sense of τούτων πάντων: as Bengel: “Finis adeoque etiam petulantiæ malorum et passionum piorum”) is at hand (on this being the constant expectation of the apostolic age, see Acts 1:7, note: 1 Thessalonians 4:15, note): be therefore of temperate mind (see note on 1 Timothy 2:9), and be sober unto (with a view to) prayers (the τάς before προσευχάς, which Tischdf. It is only through clear communication with headquarters that a soldier can effectively stand guard. We give our money away when other fine people trying to maximize their investment potential. Besides, we must remember this principle, that from the time when Christ once appeared, there is nothing left for the faithful, but with suspended minds ever to look forward to his second coming. (Delivered Sunday, April 11, 1999 at Bethany Bible Church. We may however justly consider it as relating to the hour of death, which is to every man “the end of all things” here below. The very instant death comes, there is no more room for repentance; no more shall the tidings of salvation through a crucified Redeemer sound in our ears; no more will the Holy Spirit strive with us to bring us to God; the time for repentance is past; the offers of salvation are closed; the day of grace is come to an end; and nothing remains for the soul but to weep and bewail its folly in hell for ever and ever — — —, This period is nigh “at hand” to every one of us. Prophecy having reached its fulfilment in Jesus Christ, all that now awaits is the final summing up. In order to give you the best understanding of this text possible, I want to read it to you form several different versions of scripture. Listen here. Be ye therefore sober, &c.] To be sober in prayer (saith one) is to pray with due respect to God’s majesty, without trifling or vain babbling; to let our words be few, Ecclesiastes 5:3. Love, unity and practical care for one another is a central part of the faith, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1. It is not enough to understand both expressions of abstinence from sensual indulgence. NOTE:Â This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. NOTE: My home, my business, my church as though we are the owners, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. Not self glorification, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. Sermon series Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter) A Survival Kit for Tough Times 1 Peter 5 â May 8, 2005. Romans 13:12; James 5:8; Philippians 4:5. None knew or can know when it might come. Throughout the New Testament membership in the local church is show. This meaning, as long as it is not perverted into the thought that love towards others covers a man’s own sin ‘ex promerito,’ need not and should not be excluded):—. ‘thinking about and evaluating situations maturely and correctly’ (Grudem p. 173) ‘The great characteristic of sanity is that it sees things in their proper proportions; it sees what things are important and what things are not important; it is not swept away by sudden and capricious and transitory enthusiasms; it is prone neither to unbalanced fanaticism nor to unrealizing indifference.’ (Barclay p. 298) 1. Напротив, это должно побуждать верующего бодрствовать и стремиться к святости. всему конец Греческое слово, переведенное как «конец», нигде в Новом Завете не означает хронологический конец, т. е. что что-либо просто прекращается. Just as the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, so does His longsuffering wait even now, until the number of His elect are gathered in. ‘Will not God avenge His elect who cry to Him day and night, and He is longsuffering over them?’ (Luke 18:7). And so when the Comforter came He found a ready access. . Let us then cultivate this spirit [Note: Philippians 4:5.]. It is accordingly incorrect to connect the clause with what precedes (Hofmann). 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. ], The coming end of all things, enforcing this law of holiness. For as an indulgence in surfeiting and sleep renders the body unfit for its duties, so the vain cares and pleasures of the world inebriate the mind and render it drowsy. Prayer is to be the very centre of the Christian life. It awaits the day of His return. How can Peter say that the ‘end is at hand’ in the First Century and yet almost 2000 years later the ‘end’ still hasn’t arrived? Don’t slack off on love but keep it going at full force, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 5. This is an idea nearly akin to the former, though perhaps more limited. It is only through clear communication with headquarters that a soldier can effectively stand guard. 1 Pet 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. Above all, [â¦] Text: 1 Peter 4:7-11. All these are injunctions by our Lord to pray, which are later further emphasised in Acts and the following letters. (46). And the nearer we approach to our latter end, the more “abundant let us be in supplication and thanksgivings.”], [To the elder part of this assembly one would think it should be needless to add any thing on this subject: for they who have already lived out half their days, must feel (one would imagine) that their “time is short.” But, alas! 1 Peter 1:13 - Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (Verses like 1 Peter 1:13) Luke 21:36 - Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. These counsels are for personal life. 1 Peter 5:1-5 Humble Leaders and Members in the Church. —Absolutely, in the final consummation. εἰς [ τὰς] προσευχάς] not: in orationibus (Vulg. "Power" is the Greek noun kratos, "ability to exhibit or express resident strength, might," and in our passage, "exercise ruling ability, power, rule, sovereignty." ‘This kind goes out only through prayer (i.e. Peter uses this idea of “clear-headed” half of the times it is found in the New Testament, NOTE: Maybe because Peter was so “flighty” in the early part of his ministry, Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â a. Sermon. All the practical exhortations of this passage are founded upon the truth that "the end of all things is at hand." We live in the last dispensation, not like the Jews under the Old Testament. They should speak "as the oracles of God" b. For some it could come through death, as it had for those described in 1 Peter 4:5-6. 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