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. Human history now moves under the shadow of the divinely announced eschatological kingdom." 8], as probably omitted in (16) (17) &c., because its force was not perceived, may just as well be regarded as an insertion owing to the plural seeming strange, which has also led to the correction into προσευχήν in ms. 13. In Romans 12:3 St. Paul plays on the meaning of the component parts of - , cf. TO BE A BIBLICAL MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH WE MUST: I. This is not a time to slip into self-pity or self-indulgence. All the practical exhortations of this passage are founded upon the truth that "the end of all things is at hand." 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. The ‘end’ is the new view-point from which they are offered to the eye, but the graces themselves are such as relate specially to what Christians should be in face of temptations to heathen vice and under the burden of heathen persecution. Its cognates occur almost exclusively in the Pastoral Epistles. 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,           4. They were setting their affections on things above. The same is true for church membership. Peter knows there will be sacrifice but wants it made with a willing and cheerful heart, NOTE: Used to help traveling missionaries on their way,           a. Yet, strange to say, there is hardly any passage of Scripture which has given rise to more frequent cavils than this simple assurance. 1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near. I entreat you, if you have any regard for your own souls, consider this. Prayer is the most noble and necessary ministry that God entrusts to His children, but it is also the most neglected ministry (cf. But the end of all things: the last judgment, which will put an end to all the evils as well as good things of this world. (Hensler; “the end of all men”) but neut. ‘serious and collected’ (Gspd). The mind thus indicates the direction in which the heart is going. Even the most abandoned malefactors will weep and pray when their execution is drawing nigh: and should not we, if we felt that “the end of all things is at hand?” Let us then watch against every thing that may either divert us from prayer, or distract us in it: yea, let us watch that our prayers be such as our necessities require, and such as God will accept. God will be glorified through Jesus Christ,           3. 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. Or, be prudent and considerate, as σωφρονησατε also signifies. III. «грядущий». To the Jewish mind, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was the end of all things! HAVE THE PROPER REASON FOR OUR PRAYER LIFE         vs. 7,      A. This same point is emphasized by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, and John speaks in 1 John 4:7-8: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is … KJV "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." Он призывает верующих жить в послушании и в уповании на возвращение Христа. THE office of the Gospel is, not to fill the mind with notions, but to renew the heart, and sanctify the life. Our minds are apt to be very strongly fixed on the things of time and sense; we are fascinated with the prospect of some pleasure, some honour, some emolument, for the attainment of which we labour day and night, and in the possession of which we are ready to say, “Soul, take thine ease.” But should we do thus, if we considered how transient our enjoyment of them will be? We are apt to use these expressions without due consideration or sufficient thought. 1 Peter 4:7. ], 1 Peter 4:7. ‘To him that believeth all things are possible. He will not bless those who care not for His blessing. Oct 16, 1994. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. § 2). proper prayer is not an "opiate" or escape, but rather a function of clear vision and a seeking of even clearer vision from God. I. We may have seen the vanity of earthly things, and have formed a resolution to withdraw our affections from them, and to prosecute with care the things belonging to our everlasting peace: we may have actually begun to execute our purposes: we may have begun to pay more attention to divine ordinances, than we have done in past times, and to read some religious books, and to cultivate an acquaintance with some pious characters, in hopes of getting instruction from them, and of furthering thereby our eternal interests: but death will cut short all these good beginnings, and leave us cause to bewail to all eternity that we had deferred the concerns of our souls so long. We may say, then, without hesitation that if we are to have any full measure of spiritual gifts, if there is to be any real growth of spiritual life within us, we must watch and pray, we must be men of prayer. Their constitutions and by-laws have only one “class” of membership: participating members. It is with the mind that we serve the Law of God (Romans 7:25). The death of the individual believer has a very secondary place in apostolic teaching. But would it be thus with us, if we were duly impressed with the shortness and uncertainty of time? — I Peter 4:7 “The end of all things is near; therefore be of sound judgment and sober for the purpose of prayer.” He’s saying, don’t get caught up in the distractions of the world. that they might observe every season fit for prayer, and might still keep themselves in a praying frame. What we have, we share,           5. ;(245) comp. Sees in Bible a love is an obligation,                c. To harbor resentment is not true forgiveness,           5. That was the end of all things, and was the daily expectation of the primitive Church. They were to remain clear-headed ("of sound judgment"), self-controlled ("of sober spirit") primarily so they could pray properly. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. ‘In this way pray you, “Let your name be made holy, let your kingly rule come, let your will be done, on earth as in Heaven” ’ (Matthew 6:9-10). 2 Peter 3:10-11; with τέλος, Matthew 24:6; Matthew 24:14. ἤγγικε] comp. He does not, at the same time, speak only of the end of individuals, but of the universal renovation of the world; as though he had said, “Christ will shortly come, who will put an end to all things.”. (Delivered Sunday, April 11, 1999 at Bethany Bible Church. ], "To charge Paul or Peter with false prophecy for saying1900 years ago that the end is near, is to treat them unfairly. References: 1 Peter 4:7.—W. even the aged need to be reminded of this obvious truth, and to be stirred up to improve their few remaining hours. . By adding prayer, he points out an exercise especially necessary, in which the faithful ought to be particularly occupied, since their whole strength depends on the Lord; as though he had said, “Since ye are in yourselves extremely weak, seek of the Lord to strengthen you.” He yet reminds them that they were to pray earnestly, not formally. We are simply administrators of that which belongs to God,           3. 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. 7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Point to Note: Compare this instruction with the practices of modern religious groups who claim that they know when Jesus is coming. ", [Note: D. Edmond Hiebert, "Living in the Light of Christ"s Return: An Exposition of1Peter4:7-11," Bibliotheca Sacra139:555 (July-September1982):245. 1 Peter 4:7. Put the question to your conscience, and answer it faithfully in the sight of God: and then look at the direction given you by God himself: “Be sober,” and moderate in your attachment to the things of time; and “watch unto prayer,” that you “may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.”. 3:7). Hence the Apostle, that he might rouse them from the drowsiness of the flesh, reminds them that the end of all things was nigh; by which he intimates that we ought not to sit still in the world, from which we must soon remove. Keep sane and clear-headed so we can pray, NOTE: This mental state will lead us to pray by submitting to God in the light of reality seen from God’s perspective and thus obtains power and guidance in the situation, however evil the time may be,           3. ( Log Out /  “For ever and ever. ‘This principle is to be held fast,’ says Calvin. The Lord will come as a thief: He is "ready" (1 Peter 4:5) to judge the world at any moment: it is only God's long-suffering, that the Gospel may be preached as a witness to all nations, that lengthens out the time which is with Him still as nothing. Christ Himself, however, encouraged His disciples by such promises. This can also be understood in view of John’s last hour (1 John 2:18).You must be. g.]— οὖν , therefore ) He returns to exhortation; and in 1 Peter 4:7-11 duties are opposed to the sins enumerated in 1 Peter 4:3 . We are one in Christ, 3. How we treat one Christian is how we treat all Christians,      D. Love Shall Cover The Multitude Of Sins    vs. 8d,                c. To hinder the knowledge of a thing, NOTE:  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.      Proverbs 10:12,           2. It is better translated ‘be sober than ‘watch.’ Only in two out of the six New Testament occurrences of the verb does the A. V. depart from the rendering ‘sober’ (here and in 2 Timothy 4:5). The event with which the New Testament is accustomed to fill the Christian’s vision of the future, and which it proposes as a supreme motive to a circumspect walk, is an event of universal, not of merely personal, importance—that Second Coming of Christ which is to put an end to the present world itself. The shortness of time and the nearness of eternity should lead all so to live as to be habitually prepared for a change of worlds. 3) Accomplish the Will of God (1 Peter 4:7-11) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. But it may be objected and said, that a long series of ages has passed away since Peter wrote this, and yet that the end is not come. You are apt to think and say, “It is time enough yet for me to seek after God.” But “have you made a covenant with death?” have you been assured that neither disease nor accident shall cut you off in the bloom of life? близок Имеется в виду процесс, который скоро завершится, т. е. This verse also reveals that spiritual alertness and mental calmness are necessary for our prayers to be effective. Yes, even they often become more worldly with their advancing years, and manifest as great a backwardness to spiritual duties as they did in the earlier part of their existence. Found 21 times in the New Testament, NOTE: This doxology closes this section of I Peter. There are memberships to country clubs. Love, unity and practical care for one another is a central part of the faith,           1. g.]— οὖν, therefore) He returns to exhortation; and in 1 Peter 4:7-11 duties are opposed to the sins enumerated in 1 Peter 4:3. The great majority of men seem disposed to ignore the very existence of the spiritual world, the presence and actions of the Holy Ghost upon the souls of men. This vivid realization of the nearness of the end, which appears in all the apostolic writings, is specially characteristic of Peter. A secret displeasure not openly told,                c. Grumbling or complaining,           4. Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7–11. Sermon Bible Commentary. Practically, to every man that. Many commentators indeed understand St. Peter as speaking only of the end of the Jewish commonwealth, city, temple, and worship. "The End is Here" Sermon: I Peter 4:7-11 “The End is Here” [I Peter 4:7-11] December 31, 2017, Second Reformed Church We have reached the end of the calendar year. We must realise what we mean by the spiritual life, and what is implied in spiritual gifts. They are engrossed with earthly matters. Such is the scope of the Apostle’s words; in commenting on which we shall notice, [It is possible that St. Peter, in speaking of “the end of all things,” might have some reference to the destruction of Jerusalem, which was fast approaching, and to the consequent annihilation of the Jewish polity. 1 Peter 5:6-11 Reaching the End of Suffering. Soundness of mind and sobriety are essential to the prayerful frame, and specially so where the believer suffers from the contagion of vicious surroundings and the distraction of trial. So we have always found that the most spiritually minded men were the most devotional. To the Jewish mind, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple was the, and notes. This ‘end,’ too, is ‘at hand’—a rendering which occurs again in Romans 13:12, Philippians 4:5, and better conveys the impending imminence of the event than the ‘draweth near’ or ‘draweth nigh,’ which appears elsewhere (Luke 21:8; James 5:8). Like the other apostles, Peter believed the return of Jesus Christ was imminent (i.e, it could occur at any moment; cf. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. James 5:8; Romans 13:11; Hebrews 9:28; 1 John 2:18). is very near, and it becomes us to walk daily with it in view. 1 Peter 4:7-11 Theme: Peter tells us what the Church is to do when the 'end of all things' is at hand. A few years ago, our friends from the Northwest called to ask that I visit a woman in a Dallas hospital who was dying of cancer. 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):—. Neither is it a time to panic or give up. Stand Fast (5:12) Now Peter concludes his letter with some personal words. [Note: Lenski, p193. It was ‘at hand’. 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. The coming end of all things, enforcing this law of holiness, 1 Peter 4:7-11. There is a great danger of unreality in our language as also in our conceptions. (1 Corinthians 12:4, 7) With the day of judgment an assured event and not far away, it behooves us to be sober or serious minded. Last week we looked at a passage in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This is the end to which the cultivation of the previous graces should look, the great interest which it should advance. 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. Often it is shown by the lives of New Testament Christians more than by rules and regulations. The primary sense is that of freedom from drunkenness. 1. (2:11) Оно напоминает христианину, что он гражданин небес, только временно проживающий на земле. Bible > 1 Peter > Chapter 4 > Verse 7 Library • Free Downloads • eBibles The New Testament writers not only believed Christ would return, they wholeheartedly expected Him, NOTE: Live as if He is coming today; prepare as if He will not come for a thousand years,           2. There are memberships to clubs. By second century more rules were added,           b. And this watchfulness is so connected with prayer, that the one cannot exist without the other. Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7-11. 1 Peter 4:7. πάντων) of all things; and therefore also of the arrogance of the wicked, and of the sufferings of the righteous.— τέλος, the end) when the number of the dead and living shall be complete: [in the last judgment.—V. Any trifling occurrence is sufficient to divert us from prayer: and we postpone this duty from time to time, under the idea of having some more favourable opportunity for the performance of it. HAVE THE PROPER USE OF OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS          vs. 10-11,      A. I. Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter) Sermon. God’s glory or reputation will be enhanced or revealed,           4. The three belong together. W. How, Church of England Pulpit, vol. Temperance promotes wakefulness; both promote prayer. τοῦτο δὲ ἀληθεῖ λόγῳ, ὁ χριστός: but simply the end, as in reff. [Note: D. Edmond Hiebert, Working With God: Scriptural Studies in Intercession, p7.] Love that does not turn off,           4. All these are injunctions by our Lord to pray, which are later further emphasised in Acts and the following letters. It is but a repetition in other words of 1 Peter 4:5, inserted again to give weight to all the exhortations which follow. 4. For physical death also ushers one into eternity as well as the Second Coming. It is not enough to understand both expressions of abstinence from sensual indulgence. 3:3) и радуется полноте общения с Господом. A marriage survives on love and respect for the partner. For that judgment, which would bring in the end of all things, could come at any time. They are to hunger and thirst after righteousness who are to be filled. We Must Be Sober In Our Outlook,           1. Joel Gilbert. To be calm and collected in spirit,                c. To be temperate,           2. It is a time when we think about new starts, new beginnings, making resolutions, and singing, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? 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. "of sound judgment"), self-controlled ("of sober spirit") primarily so they could pray properly. When we turn from our prayers and worship and have strengthened our bond with Christ and the Father, our first concern is to love other Christians,           3. It is only through clear communication with headquarters that a soldier can effectively stand guard. Would you have their graces, their gifts? We have known this possibly in our own experience. —Not in time, but in the apostle’s vivid conception of eternal, realities. I do not see why we should not take the saying in its widest reference, understanding it primarily perhaps of forgiveness, but then also of that prevention of sin by kindliness of word and deed, and also that intercession for sin in prayer, which are the constant fruits of fervent love. 1 Peter 4:1-6 Living Like Christ in an Unbelieving World. The same expressive term is applied to the advent of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17; Matthew 10:7; Mark 1:15; Luke 10:4), to the approach of the traitor and the ‘hour’ of the Son of man (Matthew 26:45-46), to the entrance of the ‘day’ (Romans 13:12), etc. Some say Peter is speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem. The woman was a relative of people who attended their church, and they were not sure of her spiritual condition. proper prayer is not an "opiate" or escape, but rather a function of clear vision and a seeking of even clearer vision from God. The Day Before the End of the World. Food and housing for three days,           c. Then move on or get a job and be self-supporting,           I. 2. Peter deals with the ‘fear sign’ in Christians,                a. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 2:20). and to exclude from the heart every feeling except a cold and naked sense of duty. There are far fewer real Christians in America today than there are people who care nothing, or very little, for the commands of God. John Piper Sep 29, 2016 437 Shares Article. There is also membership to churches. ‘This kind goes out only through prayer (i.e. ‘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. They would understand the words, as of old Œc., ὁ μὲν γὰρ εἰς τὸν πλησίον ἔλεος, τὸν θεὸν ἡμῖν ἵλεων ποιεῖ, and many Commentators both Romanist (not Estius) and Protestant, that love causes God to overlook a multitude of sins. In Potiphar’s house            Genesis 39:6,           b. εἰς [ τὰς] προσευχάς] not: in orationibus (Vulg. Love only out of duty,                b. Minister Our Gift Properly      vs. 10a,           1. HAVE THE PROPER REASON FOR OUR PRAYER LIFE, II. Remember that soon all these things will be GONE. i., p. 260. Thus Whitby understands him: “This phrase, and the advice upon it, so exactly parallel to what our Lord had spoken, will not suffer us to doubt that the apostle is here speaking, not of the end of the world, or of all things in general, which was not then, and seems not yet to be at hand, but only of the end of the Jewish state.” Thus also Macknight: “This epistle being written about a year after the war with the Romans began, which ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish state, Peter, who had heard his Master’s prophecy concerning these events, and the signs of their approach, had good reason to say that they had approached.” But, as Dr. Doddridge justly observes, this was an event in which most of those, to whom the apostle wrote, were comparatively but little concerned. To the same purpose is Mr. Scott’s interpretation: “All Christians must expect tribulations in the world, but these would soon terminate; for the end of all things was at hand, and death was about to close their course of trials or services; nay, judgment would not be so long delayed, as that the intervening space should, in the estimation of faith, be at all compared with eternity.” Be ye therefore sober — Temperate in all things, and moderate in all earthly cares and pursuits; remembering their end approaches, and the fashion of this world passeth away. Here it is the hiding of offences (both from one another and in God’s sight: see below) by mutual forbearance and forgiveness, which is meant. Luke 3:7). The gift of speaking,                a. Preaching; teaching,                b. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. But were the trumpet of Christ to sound in our ears, it would powerfully rouse us and not suffer us to lie torpid. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. above.— , corresponds to (1 Peter 4:3); cf.1 Peter 1:13, 1 Peter 5:8. A mind excited by passions and lusts cannot pray. To be sane,                c. To be in one’s right mind,                d. To exercise self control,                e. To curb one’s passions,           3. Напротив, это должно побуждать верующего бодрствовать и стремиться к святости. John Piper Sep 19, 1993 105 Shares Point to Note: The question has been what “end” is under consideration in the above verses? In light of what is ahead, be sober minded,                a. Should we not rather sit loose to the things of this world, seeking them as though we sought them not, and using them as though we used them not [Note: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31.]? There are many kinds of memberships we can join. The consideration of this solemn truth may well prepare us for, [Sobriety does not merely import temperance with relation to meat and drink, but moderation with regard to our desire of earthly things, or our enjoyment of them. A steward has responsibility and control over a part of the master’s property,           a. “I love (him, her, them), but I don’t like (him, her, them)”,                a. Instead, Peter is using the word “charisma” in the same sense that Paul uses it in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; . G. E. L. Cotton, Expository Sermons on the Epistles, vol. 1 Peter 1:13. God is still on the throne, NOTE: Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.   Matthew 26:41,                a. III. Above all, […] Text: 1 Peter 4:7-11. ‘But the end of all things is at hand. But again, this certainly is not what Peter intends in our text. 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