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Holy Scripture Reading, 1 Peter 4: 16-19, NASB.

November 20, 2016

16 “But if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” (1 Peter 4: 16-19)

Peter’s conclusion is that believers, who are truly justified, saved, and children of God, must experience trails and suffering in this life, what can the ungodly expect on judgment day but God’s Judgment. Without Christ the sinner suffers the “eternal or lasting judgment of God”, whatever this may be! (Fr. R.)

  1. I don’t see how we can escape the idea of God’s Eternal Judgment in Holy Scripture? Matthew 25: 46, etc. There are so many Scripture Texts, many from the lips of Jesus Himself, that support the idea and reality of eternal consciousness after death… Luke 16!

    • It surely does appear that man or humanity was made for eternity! Even the great pagan Plato believed this.

      • “Wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame, wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.” (Jude 13 ESV) Yes, lots of metaphors here, but that seem to express an eternal aspect! I would not bet against it myself!

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