Next, the end of our opportunities is at hand. Hence prayer is to the Christian the very life and health of his soul. The redeemed are required to be "good stewards of the manifold grace of God." Varied.3. Did pride overthrow them? How great a difference, to take an example, will be made in general society in the matter of Christian belief, according as one commanding man of genius, who has power over thought and language, makes use of that power. No one is exactly that which another is; no one has precisely that which another has; no one knows all that another knows; no one can and may do whatever another can and may. And all gifts, according to the apostle, are trusts. 1. A minister must speak holily, with that high esteem and reverence of the great Majesty whose message he carries, that becomes the divinity of the message itself, those deep mysteries that no created spirits are able to fathom.3. God has given us gifts of imagination, knowledge, expression, music, song, that we may plant intellectual flowers in waste places, and make dull, sad lives bright with thoughts of truth and hope. By and by, walking in the conscientiousness of refusing to retaliate when he feels tempted, he will cease to wish it; doing good and heaping kindness on those who injure him he will learn to love them. Now that is the "charity which covereth a multitude of sins." One has ingenuity, an extensive, strong turn for invention; the other has judgment and dexterity in execution. The Orientals have a wise saying, "A little stone in its place weighs a hundredweight." Nothing can be clearer than the duty of turning our means and opportunities to good account. [3] Peter continually presents Jesus as an example for the Christians in Asia Minor to follow. If any hear, let him hear "as the oracles of God," not as a well-tuned sound, to help you to sleep an hour; not as a human oration, to displease or please you for an hour; not as a school lesson, to add some what to your stock of knowledge, or as a feast of new notions; but hear as the oracles of God.II. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the Alpha, but not the Omega, of qualification for spiritual work. They are not so much like a reflecting surface as like a bar of iron, which needs to be heated down to its obstinate black core before its outer skin glows with the whiteness of a heat that is too hot to sparkle. 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. II. )"As" and "so" -- the method of ministryW. It urges upon us that we are all brethren. 1 Peter 4:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Peter 4:8, NIV: "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." The exercise of charity is agreeable to our natures. All persons and all things shall pay this tribute, even they that most wickedly seek to withhold it; but this is the happiness of the saints, that they move willingly thus, are not forced or driven. Peter using his spiritual gifts. * Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever – Matthew 8:14,15. It is quick to discern some generous construction to put upon the fault, or to quote some consideration to weigh in the opposite scale. Trapp.Clouds when full pour down, and the spouts run, and the eaves shed, and the presses overflow, and the aromatical trees sweat out their precious and sovereign oils.(J. )As good stewards of the manifold graceThe Christian stewardshipDean Alford.The manifold grace of God — the term is a remarkable one — it is that word by which the Greeks expressed infinite variety of hue or of design — the shiftings and glistenings of richly-mingled colours, or the dappled patterns of skilful embroidery. Can religion in the heart conquer sin in the heart if we do not bring the two into close contact and conflict? For in weighing relative guilt circumstances are always to be considered. 3. 2. 1:22; 3:8). The end of all things earthly is at hand, so far as we are concerned with them, or take an interest in them, because we shall soon leave them all behind. Our conduct will, of course, have more or less influence upon the good and the happiness of mankind, according to the circumstances under which we act, and the situation which we occupy in society. )Personal ChristlinessHomilist.1. The sluggishness of our nature is as much to be watched against and overcome as its selfishness. And oh! We get into a kind of stereotyped way of working for God. are not you selfish? And who is able to recount the infinite variations of human capacities and powers and endowments and their analogies to each other? 1 Peter 2:4-8: 2011-06-11 HOLINESS ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH: 1 Peter 1:22-2:3: 2011-06-10 HOLY BY GRACE: 1 Peter 1:17-21: 2011-06-09 HOLY WITH AND LIKE HIM: 1 Peter 1:13-16: 2011-06-08 AM I A CHILD OF GOD? 2. "Manifold. )Personal ChristlinessHomilist.1. And therefore our ability, be it ever so small is our stewardship, of which God will most certainly have an a count from us. Some rail at parsimony because they are open handed. A ray of light passing through a crystal heptahedron is broken up into seven different colours, one of which is appropriated by each of its seven sides. Barrett. But this variety of gifts brings with it a varying responsibility, differing according to the character of the gifts which each has received. This procures credit while we live, as a good name and memory when we die.6. We are not principals, proprietors, masters, but trustees; our gifts must not be used for ends of personal indulgence; we must please our Lord. "Although there was little in the home to foster, while there was much to discourage, the growth of that piety which was to characterise so signally his afterlife, one source of helpful and tender influence was preserved to him. If prayer be the soul's strength, the heart's repose, the world's antidote, the devil's dread, why is it that we pray, not only so languidly, but so little? "According as every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another." That which is shown to be true of God's natural gifts is true in a still higher degree of His gifts of grace. He divides "to every man severally" as He pleases. These hidden props have for the most part few leaves and less fruit, but their service and glory are that they bear up the goodly vine, with all its wealth of gold and purple; and however entirely these stumps may be forgotten in the day of vintage, they made a splendid contribution to the joy of harvest. But how often the less gifted man, feeble in his mental power and slow in its exercise — painfully acquiring the needed knowledge with continuous effort, how often is such a one regarded only with a half-contemptuous pity. We are all, as was said of the Spartan army of old, commanders of commanders; we all work upon those, who work in their turn upon others. THE NATURE OF THE THING HERE SPOKEN OF MINISTRY — SERVICE. J. Zollikofer.Doing good to others rejoices every human heart that is not totally callous and corrupt. 1. G. Barrett.I. Here is a profound, collected, there a comprehensive and excursive; here a quick but volatile, there a slow but solid understanding. As a man's worldly means increase, so his charities ought to increase. It is God who putteth down one and setteth up another. 3. How many classes and descriptions of persons fill up the interval between the monarch or the prince and the meanest of his subjects! II. It wishes the well-being of the whole man — body, soul, and spirit, but chiefly spirit. PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT TO BE SOCIALLY EMPLOYED. A. We have been ever apt to look on the grace of God in one or at most in some few of its aspects only. )Minister the same one to anotherGifts to be communicated for the good of othersJohn Rogers.Though a Christian be the freest man in the world (as being freed from Satan, sin, hell, the law, etc.) 4. It was her hand that touched the chords and awakened the first music of his spiritual life." But it is in the use of these powers that the man himself is to gain credit and honour. They tend to impair the delicacy of the religious susceptibilities. make the most of your chances; once lost, they come not back again. Failure in business, beggary, friendlessness, will not prevent your knowing the riches of contentment and of spiritual blessings. And how much good now may every one do, if he does what belongs to him with willingness, with fidelity, with a heart benevolently affected towards his brethren, participating in their happiness and cheerfully concurring to promote it! Trapp.Clouds when full pour down, and the spouts run, and the eaves shed, and the presses overflow, and the aromatical trees sweat out their precious and sovereign oils.(J. They must first be filled with the glory, before the glory can stream forth. Again, the text may be considered as warning us to be sober in our aims of life; to keep clear of an entangled, perplexed, and cumbered spirit; not to raise the scaffolding of our worldly hopes too high, nor to have too many buildings going on at the same time. Zollikofer. The wrong-doer is reproved, rebuked, and exhorted, hut with all long-suffering (1 Timothy 4:2). II. THE APPLICATION.1. We are apt to look on service as a menial thing. Here is strength of mind, there strength of body; here the power of beauty, there the power of eloquence; here the command of oneself and the passions, there the authority of the ruler and the commander over his subjects; here impetuous, overwhelming, there mild, insinuating, yet more irresistible force. The rich must help the poor. All these gifts we have received in promise, and our responsibility lies in seeking and claiming them for our own. No one is exactly that which another is; no one has precisely that which another has; no one knows all that another knows; no one can and may do whatever another can and may. 1 Peter 4:8, ESV: "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." 3) Accomplish the Will of God (1 Peter 4:7-11) Further, I think the text would teach us to be sober in our griefs — whether in time of sickness, or sorrow, or adversity, or bereavement. III. I. Some cry out at indolence that men may note their industry. 1. The oracles of the heathen were mysterious but useless mutterings.(W. A blessing to his own relatives, to his dependants, among whom he is ever moving and speaking; a blessing to his equals, with whom he communes in the intercourse of social life; a blessing to general society in checking all that is evil and encouraging all that is good. And now let each exchange his capacities and endowments and possessions against those of the other; now let every one apply the particular talent entrusted to him, as often as he has the proper motive and opportunity for it; what a blessing would the prodigiously various commutation of kind offices, of assistance and support, of benevolence and beneficence, be to all in general and to each in particular!IV. Not only have we received the gift freely, but we have received it wisely; that is to say, God, in bestowing the gift upon us, exercised a wisdom which belongs to His own nature, preparing us for its reception, and bestowing upon us just the gift appropriate to our state. The power once latent in steam and inaccessible is now evoked by the millions of horsepower daily. There was in the household a faithful old servant, Maria Millis, who had been maid to young Ashley's mother when she was a girl at Blenheim, and who was now retained as housekeeper. A minister must speak holily, with that high esteem and reverence of the great Majesty whose message he carries, that becomes the divinity of the message itself, those deep mysteries that no created spirits are able to fathom.3. Once more, the end of our time of trial and waiting is at hand. )That God in all things may be glorifiedThe import and application of glorifying God through Jesus ChristJ. First, FOR THE FORCE OF THE APOSTLE'S INJUNCTION, "Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves." They are clamorous against evildoers to hide the fact that they themselves are such. Individual character determines largely individual spiritual gifts. If the government is watchful over the public tranquillity and safety; if the magistrate maintains the laws in their due respect, and protects the individual in his property; if one preceptor teaches the child the elements of human knowledge, another instructs the youth in the higher branches of science; if the statesman is attentive to the several exigencies of the country and provides for its great concerns; the countryman produces a plentiful supply of food from the furrows of his plough and the fields he industriously cultivates; the manufacturer and the mechanic work up and improve the products of the country; the tradesman brings them into circulation, and the merchant barters the surplus against those of other nations; thus thousands of hands are set in motion which none of those could perform without neglecting their own, and which are equally indispensable with theirs. 2. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) Revelation 1:4-8 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: This book opens with the Greek words, Apokalypsis Iesou Christou (The revelation of Jesus Christ). Genuine social benevolence.(Homilist. Everybody knows of Livingstone, of Bishop Hannington, of Paten, of Calvert; but the sublime enterprise conducted by these heroes would be impossible if it were not for the self-denying work of labouring men, farm servants, domestic servants, little children who give and collect coppers through the land and through the year. The power of influence, the possession of talent or of wealth, the gift of utterance, the advantages of position. Still we know that God "is good to all." 3. 3. THE IMPORT. 1 Peter 3 1 Peter 5 Chapter 4. Did selfishness make them mean? The Christian in covenant with God, receives all this way and returns all this way.(Abp. They consist in redemption if we will accept it; sanctification if we will seek for it; and all the blessed means whereby the life of the Incarnate Word is bestowed upon us and kept alive within us, if we will use them.2. Obligatory.2. The strong must help the weak. 1 Peter 4:8-9. A. It has been so in providence, wherein the sustaining grace of God has been revealing itself through successive ages of activity. How long would a master endure that kind of conduct, and consent to be shut out of the disposal and enjoyment of his own property? This mandated an ongoing love for other believers, which is a theme 1 Peter has introduced before (cf. For though the will to resist sin may die out of a man, the conscience to condemn it never can. But the lancing is done with exquisite tenderness. A sincere love to God as the spring of our love to our Christian brethren. 2. That microscopic distinctness in which all faults appear to captious men who are forever blaming, dissecting, complaining, disappears in the large, calm gaze of love. The perfection of gifts consists not only in the having of it, but in the use thereof.3. This is involved in the ultimate aim of Christianity itself. Therefore, whatever gift we possess is meant for the general welfare. )Minister the same one to anotherGifts to be communicated for the good of othersJohn Rogers.Though a Christian be the freest man in the world (as being freed from Satan, sin, hell, the law, etc.) The communion of saints, which we believe, requires it. The individual trees of a forest do not need much from one another; they grow the better, perhaps, for growing in a brotherhood; they shelter each other, they benefit by a certain neighbourhood and reciprocity, but they are not absolutely essential to one another; if there were but one oak tree in England it would grow pretty much as it does today in the forests of oak. Qualifies man to please his Maker, bless humanity, serve the universe, and inherit all things. 1. Men may be so situated that a foible will be less excusable in them than a vice in others. Those "sons of God" were spiritual beings who left their position in haven out of lustful rebellion. 3. It is said to be the fulfilling of the whole law. To each of us the time is short. This makes the matter very simple. Your email address will not be published. In the twelfth verse of the tenth chapter, the wise man says, "Hatred stirreth up strife, but love covereth all sins." On the success of this device may issue another counterfeit of moral indignation. It is likely due to a desire to avoid the suggestion of "odd" that modern translators have changed it to "special," which carries a more positive implication. 2. The second truth we learn is this: no man can possess a spirit of genuine charity who does not seize every opportunity of being actively beneficial to his fellow creatures; and so many opportunities are there of this kind, which every one, even the poorest among us, must possess, that it is easy for any man, who will take the trouble of examining into the tenor of his daily intercourse with those around him, to determine whether he indeed possesses "that most excellent disposition of charity, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before God.". The first bill purporting to be a true indignation at evil has the plainest marks of a clumsy counterfeit. Now you that hear should certainly agree in this too. The contrary is the case with these mirrors of our spirits. Everybody knows of Livingstone, of Bishop Hannington, of Paten, of Calvert; but the sublime enterprise conducted by these heroes would be impossible if it were not for the self-denying work of labouring men, farm servants, domestic servants, little children who give and collect coppers through the land and through the year. III. 4. Is there a misstep from virtue? It follows, then, that as St. Peter introduced into his Epistle this latter part of the proverb, he intended it to be understood in the same sense in which it stood in the original language of Solomon. The only instrument which man possesses for hastening on the triumph of good, the only reliable argument for converting the world, the only channel for peace to ourselves, is prayer. There is no place for selfishness in it; the peculiar quality of it being the look outward, instead of inward (Philippians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 10:24). Here is the want of necessaries; there the want of the commodious, the elegant, the agreeable. ... 1 Peter 4:8-10: Employing God's Talents “Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9–10. "Am I occupying with it, that at my Master's coming He may find it increased and fructified?" Do you say, "Yes, if I were a Garibaldi, or a Victor Hugo, or a John Bright, I would rejoice to serve my generation; but my talent is small, I am only one of the million"? As a result, many think they are Christians who are not. And now notice THE CHRISTIAN POSITION. Whatever man has he should benevolently employ for the advantage of others.I. The lily in the field is one of a million, but it makes the summer air a little sweeter for all that; the star of the sky is one of a million, but it is not less a thing of glory for that; the dewdrop of the morning is one of a million, yet it leaves a spot of fresh beauty as it exhales into the light. THAT THESE ORACLES OF GOD ARE ACCESSIBLE TO US, AND MAY BE CONSULTED BY US, IN THE DIVERSITIES AND PERPLEXITIES OF OUR CONDITION. CONSIDER AGAIN HOW DIFFERENT THE WANTS OF MANKIND AND HOW VARIOUS THEIR SUFFERINGS, AND THENCE JUDGE IN WHAT A VARIETY OF WAYS ONE MAY SERVE AND BE USEFUL TO ANOTHER. Want torments them. So must we have the glory sink into us before it can be reflected from us.(A. Peter wants to encourage Christians who are suffering for Christ.Although Christians might suffer in this life, they will not suffer for ever.This world is not their real home. The wish is uttered with all earnestness, but it is the convulsive effort of a moment, not sustained, nor followed up. In Italy it is a delight to see the rich vines creeping from tree to tree. )The oracles of GodW. But you know there some other ways we think of covering things up.  Not just covering up from the cold.  Not just covering up so that someone cannot know what you have done.  We also cover the garbage can.  I especially am attentive to do this after I have eaten broccoli.  A cover can contain the odor of some decaying vegetables.  Not only can a covering contain bad smells.  A covering can serve other purposes as well.  My brother did a couple of years working on a burn unit.  Patients on the burn unit required very intense care.  For the seriously burned patient their bodies can be almost an entirely exposed wound.  This does two things.  It leaves them vulnerable to infection.  And it also exposes their nerve endings to pretty intense pain.  Coverings can both keep ease their pain and protect them from infection.  So here are some ways to additionally think of coverings.  Coverings contain.  They can contain the spread of something that would be bad to spread.  Coverings can comfort.  Coverings can also protect.  So how might we need such covering from a multitude of sin?  To answer this question we need to think about sin. While it is possible to claim these natural gifts as our own without reference to our Incarnate Lord, yet it is only when we possess them in Him that we may be said to possess them truly. Love covers sins; it hides those that exist, prevents those that in its absence might make their appearance, and secures by intercession the pardon of those which have been committed. Wisely did the old Greeks write upon the walls of one of their temples, "Know thy opportunity.". THE GRAND WORK OF HUMAN LIFE. The word "cover" does not simply mean "hides," the sins leaving them where they were, but causes their remission, in fact, obliterates them. This procures credit while we live, as a good name and memory when we die. It is therefore languidly, because little. Now it seems to me, that in doing this we have been too long acting contrary to all natural analogies. And in this respect charity well deserves to be called the bond of perfectness. III. "Am I a good steward of this manifold grace?" Serving God in Everything (1 Peter 4:1-11) by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson Audio. I suppose that the feeling of condemnation is frequently more wicked than the thing condemned. "I am keeping these against the Show," is his reply, "and I cannot permit them to be cut." In 1 Peter 4:8 the apostle is talking about interpersonal relationships. Well, the Christian watches and discovers his own weakness and liability to fall, the number, the vigilance and wiles of his spiritual foes, and he prays for Divine help to overcome them all. It implies that we study our gifts, and so make no mistake as to the work we are fitted to do. (Canon Vernon Hutton. Such then is God's way of dispensing His gifts. Do we always remember this theory of life? 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