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Jeannie Koh
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LAB184 The Future Hope for Suffering
1 Peter 5:10-11
LAB182 The Art of War Part 2
1 Peter 5:8-10
LAB181 The Art of War Part 1
1 Peter 5:8-9
The Tale of Two Covenants
Hebrews 8:1-9:10
LAB180 Ways to cross-reference to understand a passage rightly
1 Peter 5:8-9
LAB177 God's Grace means I just sit back and relax? Hah! Think Again!!
1 Peter 5:7-9
LAB176 Three Ways to Fight Anxiety
1 Peter 5:7-8
LAB175 Why Romans 5:21 refers to imputed righteousness
Romans 5:20-6:2
LAB174 God relieves the humble of their fears
1 Peter 5:6-7
LAB170 Reading the passage supernaturally
1 Peter 5:2-3
LAB168 Reading Narratives to See Truths
Acts 16:19-31
LAB165 The Surpassing Wonder of the Truth of Election
Acts 13:46-49
LAB165 The Importance of Forming a Worldview
1 Peter 4:12-19
LAB161 Divine Conception and the Joyful Purpose of Christ's Arrival
Matthew 1:18-25
LAB160 The Ground for Seeking Purity of Faith in Suffering
1 Peter 4:17-18
LAB159 Seven Ways God honours us so we don't have to be ashamed for being Christians
1 Peter 4:16
LAB158 A Simple Verse With More Than Meets The Eye
1 Peter 4:15
LAB157 God Gives Us A Taste of Future Glory Now
1 Peter 4:14
LAB156 A Tale of Two Joys
1 Peter 4:13
LAB155 Using Word Searches to Understand Persecution in Peter
1 Peter 4:12
LAB154 Complaining in the right spirit
Jeremiah 12:1
LAB153 Don't Miss the Wonder of an Introduction
Galatians 1:3-5
Ask Questions to Reveal the Text's Dense Logic
1 Peter 4:10-11
LAB150 The Jigsaw Puzzle of Change
2 Corinthians 3:15-18
LAB148 Mine Within the Immediate Context First
1 Peter 4:10
LAB147 To See Requires God's Extraordinary Power
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
LAB146 Using varied contexts to understand godly hospitality
1 Peter 4:9
LAB145 How love helps cover sins by others
1 Peter 4:8
LAB144 The Levels of A Doxology
Romans 11:33-36
LAB143 Using Search Tool for Big Ideas like "Last Days"
1 Peter 4:7
LAB142 Praying after God's WORD when dealing with sin
Psalms 19:12-13
LAB141 Ground, Context and Logic to Determine Who the Dead are
1 Peter 4:6
LAB140 Loving Enemies and Trusting God's Justice
1 Peter 4:5
LAB139 Holiness defined by context, in part
1 Thessalonians 4:11-13
LAB138 The Inference that Leads to Meaningful Work
1 Corinthians 15:58
LAB137 The Ground For Not Boasting in Men
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
LAB136 What baptism has to do with salvation
1 Peter 3:21-22
LAB135 Show the World A Life Worth Living
1 Peter 4:3-4
LAB 134 Living for Godly Passions
1 Peter 4:2
LAB133 Who Are The Antichrists
1 John 2:18-19
LAB132 Christ died to make us dead to sin
1 Peter 4:1
LAB131 Can a True Christian Fall Away from God?
1 John 2:19
LAB130 Decrypting Confusing Bible Verses
1 Peter 3:19-20
LAB 129 It is the LORD who raises us up after we fall into sin
Micah 7:7-9
LAB128 Jesus Came to Ultimately Glorify God
Romans 15:8-9
LAB127 The Prayer for Fearless Contentment
Philippians 4:6-7
LAB126 No Other God
Deuteronomy 33:26-27
LAB125 How the OT Promises is Ours
Isaiah 41:10
LAB124 Prepare Your Heart for Cancer
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
LAB123 The Cross is to Bring Us to God
1 Peter 3:18
LAB122 The Keys to Knowing How to Live
Psalms 100:1-5
LAB121  God Wills Sin Done Against Us Without Sinning
1 Peter 3:17
LAB120 Meditating on the Word
James 3:17-18
LAB119 Treasure Jesus More than Safety
1 Peter 3:14-16
LAB118 God's blessings in suffering
1 Peter 3:14
LAB117 Sovereign God May Harm Us for Ultimate Good
1 Peter 3:13
LAB116 Love Your Enemies for Your Own Sake
1 Peter 3:9-12
LAB115 The Heart of the Christian Faith
Colossians 2:13-14
LAB113 God Blesses Us to Bless the World
Psalms 67:1-7
LAB112 Election Gives Evangelism Power
2 Timothy 2:8-10
LAB111 Do Not Diminish God's Love for You
1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
LAB110 Your Prayers Hang on Your Marriage
1 Peter 3:7
LAB 109 Believe God more than my pain and loss
John 11:1-6
LAB108 The Saving Power of a Fearless Wife
1 Peter 3:1-6
LAB107 Saved by Grace But Not Without War
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Only by Christ's atonement and substitution, will I be able to follow Christ's example of doing good in responding to evil
1 Peter 2:21-25
God's Wise Sayings are delightfully trustworthy
Proverbs 22:17-19
God is Faithful to Himself Above All Else
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Do good when mistreated, keeping God and His reward in mind.
1 Peter 2:18-20
LAB102 Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven
1 Peter 2:13-17
LAB101 Holy God became like us
Philippians 2:3-8
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LAB114 Bless Those who Revile You
1 Peter 3:8-9
LAB114 How can we bless those who revile us?
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Published May 8th, 2016; Updated May 8th, 2016
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Main point summary
1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you, have
A. unity of mind,
Means - internal qualities
B. sympathy,
C. brotherly love,
B1. a tender heart,
A1. and a humble mind.
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling,
but on the contrary,
Main Point
for to this you were called,
that you may obtain a blessing.
1. Because a blessing
is promised
2. And God
has called me
3. I can pursue
these internal qualities
assured that God will enable me
4. in order that
I am able
to bless when reviled
Could this be a chaistic structure? Mind Feeling Love Feeling Mind
Main point summary
Blessing those who revile requires the call, means and work of God
1 Peter 3:8-9
Τὸ δὲ τέλος πάντες ὁμόφρονες, συμπαθεῖς, φιλάδελφοι, εὔσπλαγχνοι, ταπεινόφρονες,
Finally, all of you, u have unity of mind, sympathy, v brotherly love, w a tender heart, and x a humble mind.
μὴ ἀποδιδόντες κακὸν ἀντὶ κακοῦ ἢ λοιδορίαν ἀντὶ λοιδορίας,
y Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling,
τοὐναντίον δὲ εὐλογοῦντες
but on the contrary, z bless ,
ὅτι εἰς τοῦτο ἐκλήθητε
for a to this you were called,
ἵνα εὐλογίαν κληρονομήσητε.
that you may obtain a blessing.
Study Questions 1. Do your best to divide 1 Peter 3:8–9 into individual lines or propositions (look for unique complete thoughts). We will be looking at the relationships between the individual lines in order to identify the main point. Look at the phrasing and arc above to see the breakdown. 2. Look at the first half of 1 Peter 2:9 . Try and explain the relationship between the first line (“Do not repay . . .”) and the second line (“. . . but on the contrary”). These are contrasting statements, the first negative, the second positive. 3. Now try and explain the relationship between those two lines (the first half of 1 Peter 3:9 ) and the next line (“for to this you were called”). How does what comes after the “for” relate to what comes before? The "for" indicates that it is the ground, the basis for why we are to do what the first half of 3:9 tells us, that is not to return evil for evil, reviling for reviling. But to bless when we are reviled. 4. Now relate all of that to the last line (“that you may obtain a blessing”). How does what comes after the “that” explain what comes before? The "that" indicates the promise, the reward, the motivation that comes from God. So when we bless while being reviled, we are motivated by, assured by receiving a blessing from God. 5. Based on all the work you have done, what would you say is Peter’s main point in these two verses? Peter's main point in this passage is for us to bless when we are reviled. 6. First, define each of the five key terms in 1 Peter 3:8 . How would you describe each and distinguish them from one another? Unity of mind: having the same attitude, mindset Sympathy: to feel with Brotherly love: a family affection Tender heart: feeling deep down for. . . Humble heart mind: a lowly mindset I wonder if these could be seen in a chiastic structure, a poetic frame that helps to understand the list better. So we might have A. Mind - unity B. Feeling - to feel with the suffering of others C. Love - for fellow believers B1. Feeling - feeling deeply for others A1. Mind - humility If this is the case, then perhaps love is the highest, most central part of this list. With having the same, humble mind, and sympathy and deep feelings for another, as the elements that contribute to this love. 7. Second, identify any relationships between the five terms in meaning. What significance might this set and their order have? In other words, why would Perter choose these five and order them like he does? A similar and lowly mindset: these bookend the list, and suggests that these two qualities are the foundation of the list, and are inter-related in meaning Sympathy and tender heart - feeling with and for others Brotherly love is in the middle This list suggests Peter's concern that the overall internal makeup of a person needs complete rebuilding Could this be a chiastic structure? 8. If someone asked you how to do obey commands to feel , what would you say? And where would you turn in the Bible? If you have time, read through 1 Peter looking for help with this question (John finds five practical principles in 1 Peter alone). From Dr Piper Repenting: admit that we are not the list in v.8. 1 Peter 3:10-11 Resort to Christ, 1 Peter 2:4, 2:24 to be forgiven and to be healed. This leads to tenderness Relish what Christ offers, the goodness of God 1 Peter 2:2-3 Reque st : 1 Peter 3:14 for God to change me Resolve: 1 Peter 3:9 to do what is good,even if it is baby tiny steps 9. Explain what “this” refers to in 1 Peter 3:9 . Can you identify more than one option? If so, defend your position in the context. The first option is that "this" is defined by the following proposition, i.e. the blessing The evidence for the first option is 1 Peter 5:10 God calls us to a future glory, inheritance, i.e. blessing the second option is that "this"is defined by what came before, that is not to repay evil for evil, but to bless when reviled so that I would inherit the blessing The evidence for the second option is 1 Peter 2:20-23: we are called to do good while suffering, and Christ being reviled. 10. Now, read 1 Peter 2:20–24 and 1 Peter 5:10 . How does that clarify or change your response to the first question? Peter's reference to calling is more likely related to 2:20-24. Also see 1 Peter 3:10-12 11. If we are called to bless those who revile us “that” or “in order that” we may inherit a blessing ( 1 Peter 3:9 ), how is that not works-based righteousness? What other texts in 1 Peter teach against a works-based understanding of our inheritance? see 1 Peter 1:3-4 -- We first receive mercy through new birth and resurrection, and the inheritance is received by mercy, not works 1 Peter 1:22 -- We are to bless, because we have been born again. We are to bless to show that we have received mercy, been born again. Not to earn an inheritance, which cannot be earned by definition anyway. Takeaway I will be unable to not revile when reviled, not return evil for evil, nor to bless when reviled, unless I know that God has called me, and promised me a blessing, and that He is able to change me from the inside out - to have a unified, lowly mindset, to feel for and with others, and to ultimately love well. When I do bless when reviled, it is a sign of the changes in my life that come from a merciful God
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