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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     1 Peter 4:7-19

We continue focusing on the fact that many Christians are persecuted, not because of identifying with Christ, but because of their tactlessness and folly. This eighth Beatitude - "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" - does not apply to such people. Let us...

Bible Verses: 1 Peter 4:7-19Proverbs 11:30Acts 9:1-291 Corinthians 4:122 Corinthians 4:9

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Samuel Bagster

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. § As you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 13:13Hebrews 13:141 Peter 4:121 Peter 4:132 Corinthians 1:71 Peter 4:14Acts 5:41Hebrews 11:25Hebrews 11:26

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Samuel Bagster

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. § If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.The Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.The Lord...

Bible Verses: Ezra 9:91 Peter 4:12Hebrews 12:7Hebrews 12:8Deuteronomy 13:31 Samuel 12:22Isaiah 49:15Psalms 146:5Luke 18:7Luke 18:8

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Samuel Bagster

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. § The exhortation … speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him.” § Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful;...

Bible Verses: 1 Peter 1:61 Peter 4:121 Peter 4:13Hebrews 12:5Hebrews 12:11Hebrews 4:15Hebrews 2:181 Corinthians 10:13

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Samuel Bagster

There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. § Now for a little while, if need be, you have been...

Bible Verses: Revelation 3:18Mark 10:29Mark 10:301 Peter 4:121 Peter 1:61 Peter 1:71 Peter 5:10John 16:33

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Samuel Bagster

You shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God. § Whom the Lord loves He chastens.Beloved, do not think it strange concerning...

Bible Verses: John 13:7Deuteronomy 8:2Ezekiel 16:8Hebrews 12:61 Peter 4:121 Peter 4:132 Corinthians 4:172 Corinthians 4:18

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Samuel Bagster

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. § Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! § They departed from the presence of the...

Bible Verses: Romans 5:31 Corinthians 15:191 Peter 4:121 Peter 4:132 Corinthians 6:10Philippians 4:4Acts 5:41Romans 15:13Habakkuk 3:17Habakkuk 3:18

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Miles Stanford

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3)


Since the sovereign God has every atom in the universe precisely timed and controlled for the carrying out of His perfect will, it should...

Bible Verses: Ephesians 1:3Ephesians 1:111 Peter 4:12

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Miles Stanford
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you, as though some strange thing happened unto you" (1 Peter 4:12).

The joy of sowing is exceeded only by the joy of harvesting; and yet both sowing and reaping are a matter of death.

"If we follow and note the history and ways...

Bible Verses: 1 Peter 4:121 Peter 4:3

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