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Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Lord my Protector

The key to the understanding of verse six is found in the context of the entire book.


Let's look at verse six: 1 Peter 4:6 "For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." Looking at this passage in context to the scripture, we see in 1 Peter 1:6-7 we are told that we are grieved by the various trials and Peter encourages us that they last only for a little while. In 1 Peter 2:18-25 we have the case of Christian household slaves being unjustly punished because of their Christian testimony. In 1 Peter 3:8-17 we are instructed how to behave when undergoing persecution. So you can see the theme of suffering for Christ.

Here in verse six Peter is reminding us of the Christians who had been martyred for their faith.
The words "them that are dead," refer to Christian believers who had died. The gospel had been preached to them and they had become Christians. As a result of this they had been judged according to men while they were on earth. This judgment was in the form of persecution because of their Christian testimony. We may suffer persecution for our beliefs, but we know that God is there working for our good, we do not need to fear what man will do to us.

When we go through these trials Peter has encouraged us to know that it is only for a little while.
Christ's return is imminent and Peter explains that the shortness of time remaining should motivate us to strive to live godly lives.

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