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1 Peter 4:17
17 For [hoti] the time [kairos] is come that judgment [krima] must begin [archomai] at [apo] the house [oikos] of God [theos]: and [de] if [ei] it first [proton] begin at [apo] us [hemon], what [tis] shall the end [telos] be of
them that obey not [apeitheo] the gospel [euaggelion] of God [theos]? KJV-Interlinear
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?NASB
You have heard the
saying, Today, is the first day of the rest of your life. And so it is with your spiritual life.Everyday is the beginning and call for your
evaluation.Every living moment of your life
is subject to Gods evaluation.And God evaluates
everyone all of the time.
29 For behold, I am
beginning to work calamity in this city which is called by My name, and shall
you be completely free from punishment? You will not be free from punishment;
for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares
the Lord of hosts.' NASB
6 Utterly slay old
men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man
on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary. So they started
with the elders who were before the temple.NASB
All of Gods evaluations
begins with His perfect character.All
evaluation is based on truth.Therefore,
all evaluation begins with those who comply with His will, and then proceeds to
others with lesser compliance, from there, until God reaches unbelievers, who
have no compliance.
The last potion of this
verse, states in contrast to the beginning of this verse, what will be the
outcome or those who do not obey?
The passages in
Jeremiah and Ezekiel make it quite clear, that there will be no mercy for those
who do not comply.Beginning at the
sanctuary of God (believers), and proceediong to those who live further and
further away from His sanctuary (spiritual life), then in fact the outcome, of
those who drift further and further away from God, will take on greater and greater
severity, to such a point that it cannot be described by mere words.That judgment will be too awful for any
description, written or verbal.
Peter is writing to
people who are living under conditions of suffering.Peter tells them all, that their suffering
from this world, is nothing when compared to the suffering that is awaiting
people who ignore Gods mandates.
People who ignore God
include believers as well as unbelievers.
However, believers who
pursue their spiritual life, though they will suffer in this world, because it
is the devils world, still have God as their friend and ally, and simply by
sticking it out in life, by persevering in their daily studies, they will be
blessed immensely and beyond measure, for the inconveniences that are brought
on by the world.
Those who ignore God,
give up on God, become defiant, indifferent, and so forth against God, will
gain nothing for their efforts of disgust.Don t be numbered with that crowd of losers.You have far more to gain, otherwise.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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