Peter explains why the gospel is preached to the dead—Saints should speak as the oracles of God—The righteous will be tried and tested in all things.
1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same : he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from ;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the of men, but to the will of God.
3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, of wine, , banquetings, and :
4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to the and the dead.
6 for this cause was the also to them that are , that they might be according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and unto prayer.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: shall cover the multitude of sins.
9 Use one to another without .
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so the same one to another, as good of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man , let him speak as the of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But , inasmuch as ye are of Christ’s ; that, when his glory shall be , ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be for the name of Christ, are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a , let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that the gospel of God?
18 And if the scarcely be saved, where shall the and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the of God commit the of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.