from the series Insights on 1 Peter: Hope Again
1 Peter 4:1–6
Throughout the New Testament, we read of the changed life that follows genuine conversion. When the sins of our lives before Christ are freely and fully forgiven, when the righteousness of Christ is credited to our account, when the Spirit of God takes up residence within our hearts, when old things pass away and all things become new, a transformation begins! This radical series of changes results in a new direction, an alteration of our habits and pursuits as well as our choice of close friends.
Interestingly, as far back as the first century, Peter wrote of all these things. Though we are separated by more than nineteen centuries, there isn’t a Christian today who cannot identify with the apostle’s words. They still speak with incredible relevance . . . especially his comments regarding the reactions of those who do not know the Lord. Let’s look closely at these six verses and discover what causes unbelievers to be so surprised (and angry) at us.