1 Peter: God’s Pilgrim People in a Hostile World – Judgment on the Household of God

Peter Barnes | 1 Peter 4:17-18

1 Peter 4:17-18

1. Judgment begins with the household of God.

– 4:17. In all the interaction between Israel and the nations in the Old Testament, who is the key figure on earth? It is always Israel, not Assyria or Babylon or Persia.

– Jer.25:29; Amos 3:2; Ezek.9:5-6; 10:18. Do not look at the strength of the Babylonians but the apostasy of Judah.

– is the greatest threat to the West today Islam? Or the infidelity of the church?

– 1 Cor.11:17, 20. It is a dangerous thing to profess Christ.

2. The righteous can scarcely be saved.

– 4:18. The word ‘scarcely’ means ‘with great difficulty’ as in Acts 14:18.

– is the difficulty on our side or God’s side? The answer has to be both. Luke 13:23-24; Gen.19:15-16; Matt.19:26.

– How can anything be difficult for God? Catherine the Great is supposed to have said that God forgives us because that is His job. Not so – Isa.64:6; Habakkuk 1:13; Gal.2:21.

3. The ungodly will suffer God’s judgment.

– 4:17-18. See Ps.73:18-20.

– John 15:2 compared to John 15:6.