1 Peter 4:7-19 marks the beginning of the end of the letter. In conclusion, Peter returns his main theme of the letter: how you deal with fellow believers and hostile nonbelievers. His answer in each case is you need the right perspective.
- We become metaphorically drunk and distracted by daily life such that we forget that we have an inheritance in the kingdom of God.
- Peter starts his summary by urging his readers to remember this world is not home and we live in the last age before the second coming.
- If we are humble before God, we are less likely to sin against our fellow believers and less likely to hold their sins against them.
- Hospitality was highly valued and a matter of honor in Peter’s day.
- Grumbling comes from taking myself too seriously and forgetting that this world is not all there is.
- Peter divides the gifts it 2 basic categories: speaking and serving.
- Don’t be surprised when you suffer. Why? 1) If people don’t like Christ, they won’t like you either and 2) God has made it clear trials are part of life.