David Peterson / General
Holiness; Suffering; Persecution; Holy Spirit / 1 Peter 4:12–14; 1 Peter 5:6–11
Sermon Type: Textual-Topical
Proposition: God is in control despite the suffering of Christians. Indeed, he is working through the suffering for his greater purpose, drawing us into intimacy with himself and forming us in the image of his Son.
I. The Surprising Trial (4:12)
II. The Surprising Reason (5:6, 8-9)
Stoeckhardt: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, proceeding from the Father as well as from the Son. He knows God’s heart and mind and so makes known to Christians that, although men revile and reject them, they have God at their side, that they belong to God. . . . Truly, Christians profit greatly from their suffering. It brings them into the closest relationship to Christ, whose companions in suffering they are, to the Spirit, who surrounds them with comfort, through the Spirit to God, their God and Father, vouchsafes unto them a foretaste of future glory.
III. The Surprising Result (5:10)