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A Changed life

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1Pet 1:1; Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
1Pet 1:2; so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
1Pet 1:3; For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.
1Pet 1:4; In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;
1Pet 1:5; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
1Pet 1:6; For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.

There was a time in my life, I was a pretty bad guy. I cursed a lot, drank more than I should have, got divorced, womanized, got in some trouble with the law, and well, basically I was a slave to my lust.
Many of us here on TalkJesus have a similar story, this is called our "Testimony". It's a story about how God has changed us, and changed our lives. If you've been a Christian for very long, you should
have a testimony. A story about how God helped you overcome your past life and your past sins. If you're still living the same way you did before you got saved, it might be time to re-examine yourself.

Peter says in the passage above Christ "suffered in the flesh". What he really means here is, Jesus died in the flesh. Once you've died "in the flesh" you will have ceased from sin.
We are supposed to die to our "self" while we are still alive. Verse 2 above says we should no longer be following our old lusts, but we should be living for the will of God.
We should love God more than we love ourselves. Easy to say, but sometimes hard to do. Proof of this love for God is in the way we live. If you've been a Christian for very long at all, you should be
living differently. Verse 3 above says we should no longer carry"out the desire of the Gentiles". Usually in the Bible, Gentile simply means someone who is not Jewish, but in this context it means
"an unsaved heathen". We should no longer continue of a path of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, drinking parties, and other things. If you're still living like this, you're not living for the will of God.

Peter says in verse 3, "the time is already past sufficient". Now we don't always have to be 100% perfect, but there should be a noticeable change.
In verse 4 he says your old friends are "surprised" that you don't want to do the things you used to do. It says they malign you. They will tease you, pressure you, and say bad things about you
because you don't live like they live, you don't do the things they do... at least not to the "same excess" that they do.

I have friends and relatives that still go out drinking almost every night, many of them go to topless bars, or dance-halls without their wives. Looking for some trouble to get into.
Trouble is not hard to find. Verse 5 says one day, these people will "give account" to the One who judges us all. Verse 5 says he judges the living and the dead. What it means here is
He judges those are spiritually alive and those who spiritually dead (the un-saved). The ones who are living for their own lusts, and the ones who are living according to the will of God.
Which are you?

Verse 6 says the gospel is preached to those "who are dead". It doesn't mean physically dead, once that happens, it's too late to get saved. It means those who are spiritually dead.
In fact this verse says they will be "judged in the flesh as men". It's what we do in this current life, while we are still alive in the flesh that determines how we will be judged.
We should be living "in the Spirit" according to the will of God.

How does your testimony look?
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1Pet 1:17; For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
1Pet 1:18; And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?
1Pet 1:19; Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

Some people believe Christians won't be judged, however the Bible says that judgment will "begin with the household of God". ( Rom 14:10; 2Cor 5:10; Heb 9:27; ) If it begins with us....
Peter says it "is with difficulty that the righteous is saved". We all fall down sometimes, thank God for mercy and grace. But some people (even some who claim to be Christians)
do not obey the gospel of God. "What will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God"? "What will become of the Godless man and the sinner?"
We as Christians often say we trust God. Sometimes we don't really think about everything that entails, but verse 19 above says
"those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right."
One of the ways we show our trust in God, is by doing what is right. If we are continuing to live in sin, we aren't really trusting God.

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