A foolish physician he is, and a most unfaithful friend, that will let a sick man die for fear of troubling him; and cruel wretches are we to our friends, that will rather suffer them to go quietly to hell, then we will anger them, or hazard our reputation with them.
A Puritan Golden Treasury, compiled by I.D.E. Thomas, by permission of Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA. 2000, p. 242.
[In explaining his imprisonment, the Apostle] Paul subtly notifies his readers that proclaiming the mystery of Christ crucified is more likely to open the door to a prison cell for them instead of the door to financial and social success.
The gospel is a call for every one of us to die – to die to sin and to die to self – and to live with unshakable trust in Christ, choosing to follow His Word even when it brings us into clear confrontation with our culture.
Are you being persecuted for Jesus Christ? In that context, 1 Peter 4:5 says, “But they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” All judgment has been given to the Son (John 5:22) and according to this verse, He is “ready” to bring that judgment. There will be accountability. So, what should we do? We too need to be “ready.” A chapter earlier, Peter told us to be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Pet. 3:15).
Sermon, Holiness Wins, 1 Pet. 4:1-6, March 20, 2022.