Nell Vaughn - Rochedale, Queensland Convention - December 2006

Hymn 341

1st Peter – Some time ago it was brought to my attention the writer used many imperatives - words to give a command or request. Matthew 28 at the end of the chapter Jesus was giving commandments to His disciples before He was taken back to the Father, and He said to them, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” It is not surprising that there are commands written to God’s people, people who have put themselves at the command of Jesus. Imperative means necessary or urgent. These are things that are necessary and very urgent. Forty times in the letter of Peter you will find an imperative used. 1 Peter 1-13, we read, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Get our minds ready for action.

A young lady that had professed when she was young, later in life she found she had two options, either take the way of God seriously, or she would slip out of the way. She thought of salvation and she felt she could not be careless about her soul’s salvation. An older brother, Tom Turner used to say, "God blesses the attempter." One time he had been trying to do some paving, and his father came along and said, “That is good, Tom, but I will show you how to do it better!” He looked on that as a blessing. “Throw your soul into the conflict, do your faithful, honest part, as a patient loyal bearer of the cross.”

Verse 14 says, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance; but as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, 'Be ye holy; for I am holy.'” Keep your life clean. Verse 22, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” A definition of love is, to want the other person to reach home safely. That is, we would want to do anything we can to encourage others to keep walking in the way of God. It will help us to take disappointments from others in the right spirit.

1 Peter 4 - 1, "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind for He that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.” Arm yourselves with the same mind. One time we watched the soldiers on the Tobrook, all lined up and went into a room and picked up heavy guns and armed themselves. We read in 2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” Not natural weapons, not carnal, but mighty. Weapons of our warfare - arm yourselves with the mind of Jesus. How do we arm ourselves with the mind of Jesus? “My thoughts are not your thoughts.” We can exchange our thoughts for the thoughts of Jesus. “He that suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” Suffering must precede the glory. All people suffer whether they are serving God or not, and some suffer greatly physically, and some of them have commendable fortitude. This is not the suffering preceding the glory of God. That kind of suffering is just saying “NO” to self.

1 Peter 4 2, "That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” The rest of his time. It is a serious thought. None of us know how long the rest of our time is, but we want to use it wisely. I pray that the Lord will help us to wisely use the provision that He has made for us.