The Gateway Church

in and around Kings Lynn, West Norfolk

Same thinking as Jesus

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25th Nov, 2019 Day 329

1 Peter 4:1-19

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A way of thinking

Jesus set his mind towards the cross. He had, as Peter puts it, a ‘way of thinking’.

  • He humbled himself
  • He looked forward to the joy set before Him – winning the victory over sin and receiving His reward from the Father
  • He knew He would be condemning sin to make us free.

Peter tells us to arm ourselves with the same way of thinking – knowing that suffering leads to victory. We are in Christ so what happened to Christ is true of us. Christ died to sin, so have we. Romans 6:12 tells us ‘therefore do not let sin reign in your bodies’. 1 Peter 4:1 tells us essentially the same thing.

Arm yourselves – know that we have been transferred from the kingdom of sin to the kingdom of grace, from darkness to light, from death to life. Sin and death have been dealt a deathblow, so live in the good of it.

Peter then tells us what that means

  • Avoid sexual immorality – sexual activity outside a marriage between husband and wife
  • Don’t get drunk
  • Be self-controlled and sober minded
  • Show hospitality to others
  • Don’t be surprised when trials and tests come.

All those things we can do, but we have already died to sin and come alive to Christ – that is true if you are a Christian. And then we need to think the truth and live in the good of it.

Marinate on that.

Andy Moyle

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - ANDY MOYLE

Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin