Blessings in this Life from 1 Peter

Posted: March 4, 2011 in bible, christianity, joy, persecution, suffering, theology

Careful students of the Bible are often quick to point out that God does not promise material blessings for His people.  On the contrary, Scripture warns us that Christians will often face persecution, trials, and suffering on account of their allegiance to Jesus (1 Peter 1:7; 2:19-25; 3:14-17; 4:1-2, 4; 12-19).  Additionally, Reformed theologians, wary of too closely linking God’s favor with any of our “good works,” often stress the undeserved and spiritual/eschatological nature of God’s blessings.

However, in his commentary on 1 Peter, Wayne Grudem offers a helpful chart showing that “one proper motive for rigtheous living is the knowledge that such conduct will bring blessings from God in this life,” (p. 149).  Check it out:

Verse Right conduct Resulting blessing in this life
1:8 loving Christ unutterable joy
1:9 continuing faith more benefits of salvation
1:17 holy life with fear avoiding God’s fatherly discipline
2:2 partaking of spiritual milk growing up toward salvation
2:19-20 trusting God and doing right while suffering God’s approval
3:1-2 submitting to husbands husbands won for Christ
3:7 living considerately with wives prayers not hindered
4:14 enduring reproach for Christ spirit of glory and of God rests upon you
5:7 casting cares on God (implied) he will care for your needs
5:9-10 resist the devil God will restore, establish, strengthen you

 

Grudem goes on to note:

These [blessings] may take different forms…  Nevertheless, in the larger context of the whole of 1 Peter, such blessings do not include freedom from opposition or suffering – the blessings of the New Testament age generally are more spiritual, psychological, and interpersonal, and less material or physical, than in the Old Testament.

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