July 8, 1990
After we come to Christ, our lives should look drastically different from when we were slaves to sin. Yet although sin no longer reigns, it still remains, and in this life we will never be free from its temptation. Studying the words of Peter, Alistair Begg teaches us that we are called to actively put on the attitude of Christ—and in doing so, we should expect abuse from those who are enslaved to sin.
1Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh,1 arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 3For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; 5but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
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