"The end of all things is near. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Luke 1:33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end. With Hallelujahs clear! Isaiah 60:2 "For behold, darkness will cover the earth, And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you, And His glory will appear upon you. 3) Accomplish the Will of God (1 Peter 4:7-11) Spurgeon explains that "It covers them sometimes by not seeing them; for, where there is much love, we are blind to many faults which, otherwise, we might see; we do not exercise the sharpness of criticism which malice would be sure to exercise. If He shall come at the dawn or midnight, 16 So it (the tabernacle) was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. And join with those who share the expectation expressed in H. L Minter's Christ Returneth! When we use our gift(s) we are actually ministering the very grace of God to one another. 1 Peter 1:9-12 KJV [9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Along the same lines telos was used to identify the power to carry out a task, or to determine the outcome of circumstances. Be self-possessed (for believers a more accurate description would be "Spirit" possessed) under all circumstances. immediate repentance.—Mark 13:35, 37; 2Pe 3:9-note, 2Pe 3:10-note; Jude 14, 15. This type of love is the act of one who, instead of living a self-centered life, gives of himself or herself to others. Awaiting eagerly and expectantly for some future event and so to look forward eagerly. James 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins. Matthew 26:58 But Peter was following Him at a distance as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and entered in, and sat down with the officers to see the outcome. The early church went forth with the proclamation of Christ come, living in the prospect of Christ coming by the power of Christ contemporary . The only other NT use of ektenes is Luke 22:44. Matt 3:2; 4:17; 10:7; 21:1, 34; 26:45f; Mark 1:15; 11:1; 14:42; Luke 7:12; 10:9, 11; 12:33; 15:1, 25; 18:35, 40; 19:29, 37, 41; 21:8, 20, 28; 22:1, 47; 24:15, 28; Acts 7:17; 9:3; 10:9; 21:33; 22:6; 23:15; Rom 13:12; Phil 2:30; Heb 7:19; 10:25; Jas 4:8; 5:8; 1 Pet 4:7. And it motivates the believer to live life in purity and faithfulness to the Lord. 6:11 = "the full assurance of hope until the end,"). - Thomas Fuller, Great boast and small roast makes unsavory mouths. I like the story of the gardener who kept his master's garden immaculate. But how are we to understand these words, The end is near? In The Frogs of Aristophanes, Dionysus asks Heracles, when they are discussing finding a lodging, if he knows where there are fewest fleas. To “let your mind be alert and be spiritually sober” means to be aware of the fact that Christ will return (note Acts 1:10-11). 28:15-68; the nation as such, will yet, however, be delivered (Rom. The precious doctrine is like an unwanted stepchild, ignored as though it were beneath the dignity of some even to mention it. The Christian who is always on a tear, whose mind is crowded with fears and worries, who is never at rest in his heart, does not do much praying. In the ancient world there was a rather wonderful system of what were called “guest friendships.” Throughout the years families, even when they had lost active touch with each other, had an arrangement that at any time needful they would make accommodation available for each other… This connection between families lasted throughout the generations and when it was claimed the claimant brought with him a sumbolon, or token, which identified him to his hosts. 13 "You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals (Lxx = kalupto) violence. (The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary), 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. (Da 12:13-note). 1 Peter 4:7-note The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. In Heb 7:25KJV we see God is able to save to the uttermost which is the translation of panteles which is made up of pas = “all,” and telos = “end, termination.” By reason of Messiah’s eternal ministry as High Priest, He is able to save the believer in his totality of being, body, soul, and spirit, and do all that to the point of termination, an unending state of salvation in eternity. It stabilizes believers in the face of disturbing events. This teaching does not preclude the discipline of a sinning, unrepentant church member (cf. The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. Gene Getz - The Doctrine of Imminency - Paul clearly taught that Jesus Christ could come to call Christians out of this world at any moment and that the "day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." It is only when we see the affairs of earth in the light of eternity that we see them in their proper proportions. Chicago: Moody Press, Barclay, W: The Daily Study Bible Series. The other side to our word is even more common in New Testament writings. The church missed the road centuries ago when it stopped looking for the King to come back and began building the kingdom down here. 1 Sermon, 1 Peter 4:7 The Christian's Duty in a Hostile World - Pt 1 Study Guide (see dropdown), 1 Peter 4:7-9 The Christian's Duty in a Hostile World, Pt. It inculcates a calm, steady state of mind that evaluates things correctly, so that it is not thrown off balance by new and fascinating ideas. 11:26; cf. hath ceased--literally, "has been made to cease," has obtained by the very fact of His having suffered once for all, a cessation from sin, which had heretofore lain on Him ( Romans 6:6-11, especially, 1 Peter 4:7). Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. Luke 8:16 "Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, in order that those who come in may see the light. The NT transforms the classical stiffness into the warmth of genuine conversation. Don't misunderstand Peter's exhortation. The prefix pros would convey the sense of being immediately before Him and hence the ideas of adoration, devotion, and worship. 3:6, 14… telos (5056), “an end,” is rendered “the uttermost” in 1Th. Blessed are those whom the Lord finds watching, 1 Corinthians 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the First Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians. It is not surprising that Greek literature throws little light on its distinctive NT meaning. His wing just wasn't that strong yet. Even the great apostle Paul, who had received wisdom directly from the Lord regarding this wonderful doctrine, did not know when it would happen. 1 Peter 4:7, KJV: "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." Will He find us watching there?--Crosby, Tony Garland writes that Imminence is “The quality or condition of being about to occur.” In Scripture, the coming of Jesus Christ is portrayed as an imminent event. I am forced to action if I believe He's coming. That through the roar of traffic, a trumpet silvery clear, Peter urged his readers to use and express God’s grace by being watchful in their prayers, showing love, being hospitable, and ministering through the spoken word (1Peter 4:7-11). The word points to the arrival of an important person or dignitary. (Thomas Ice, “Preterist ‘Time Texts’,” in Tim LaHaye, and Thomas Ice, eds., The End Times Controversy Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2003, 106.) For this they were to be commended. (NASB: Lockman). 1 Péter 4:7 Hungarian New Translation Isten kegyelmének jó sáfárai - Mindennek a vége pedig már közel van: legyetek tehát bölcsek és józanok, hogy imádkozhassatok. Actually, the translation, “The end of all things is near (or, “at hand”)” is a bit inaccurate. 3. 23:13; Jos. Peter encourages them with a vision of “an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you” (1:4), and calls them to live holy lives (1:15; 2:9). The Greek verb bears is stego [see word study] which is derived from stege (a thatch or roof or covering of a building) and conveys the idea of covering closely, of protecting by covering and of concealing by covering. Genesis 9:18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 gives us a beautiful illustration of this principle. With regard to our Lord's return, we emphasize preparation without expectation. In fact, this is exactly what Jesus taught His disciples to do. Philippians 3:19-note whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. He is ready for all five tomorrows and for the Great Tomorrow that may be today! MacArthur, J: Romans 9-16. Accepting and using this gift has some far-reaching effects. Be alert: Keep your life pure! (Merriam-Webster). Our words murmur and grumble are similar in sound. The third year as the other ducks quacked their call to go south, he never even looked up as they flew over. Christianity was, and still should be, the religion of the open door. Be, therefore, steady and sober in mind so that you will really be able to pray as you ought. 3:13). For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. The sober saint approaches life, not as a jest, but as a serious matter for which he is answerable to God. It may be at midday, it may be at twilight, - Arnold H. Glasow, Treat your guest as a guest for two days; on the third day, give him a hoe. (Phillips: Touchstone), Wuest: Show hospitality to one another without murmuring. Besides that, when love applies herself to prayer, and when, in addition to prayer, she kindly gives admonition to a beloved friend, it often happens that true Christian love does really prevent a multitude of sins. The persecutions which some of these Christians were enduring deprived them often of the necessities of life, and such an exhortation as this was needed. The idea then is to be calm and collected in spirit, circumspect, self-controlled, well-balanced, clear headed. 24:7; 1 Sam. When Jesus receives His own. It is always eager to believe the best and to "put the most favorable construction on ambiguous actions." The only limit to God's grace is the limit we put on it. Predigt über 1. Comment - This uses refer primarily to an eschatological end (or better a consummation, a reaching of the goal God intended), the end of this present evil age, which will come to pass when Christ returns. Death fulfills the process initiated by sin (Rom. The Westminster Press). 1Timothy 3:2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, Titus 1:8 (note) but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled. Moody). (MacArthur, J: Romans 9-16. We all have things we are concerned about to one degree or another. Moments later Jim returned, but it was too late. It will be a great day for the church when we get off our detours and onto the King's Highway! Grudem - Where love abounds in a fellowship of Christians, many small offences, and even some large ones, are readily overlooked and forgotten. In the final culmination of the ages, when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, all things will be restored as they were originally designed and created by God to be. (Wuest, K. S. Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans). We are to maintain such love, guarding it and not allowing it to lapse among us; where it has been neglected, we must make the necessary repairs. 1:8). We do not have to allow the troubles of life to discourage us… We will be accountable to Him when He comes… His imminent return is not meant to be a doctrine to confuse us but a promise that motivates us. Another way of expressing the truth of these words would be to say that we have entered the last chapter of world history. Hospitality, as Moffatt says, was an article of ancient religion. When a man realizes the nearness of Jesus Christ, he is bound to commit himself to a certain kind of life. Matthew 24:6 "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. The Westminster Press), Barclay has an interesting note on hospitality writing that…. Mark 5:15 And they came to Jesus and observed the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the "legion"; and they became frightened. 2Co 5:13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. In 1 Peter 1:18 Peter states that the recipients had been redeemed from the vain conversation received by tradition from their fathers, which would be typical of Jewish converts. Telos (See main definition above) - 40x in 39v - NAS Usage: continually*(1), custom(2), customs(1), end(24), ends(2), finished(1), fulfillment(1), goal(1), outcome(6), sum(1), utmost(1). Sensible and Sober – 1 Peter 4:7. 1 Peter 3:8-note To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; Comment - In Greek, this is the phrase to telos, which lets us know that he is coming to the final conclusion of what he has been saying to husbands and wives. For what purpose are we to use our spiritual gifts? The owner had advertised his gasoline at a price that was almost an outright gift. (New Testament words in today's language), In the end of Daniel's prophecy, the angel tells Daniel "as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end (Lxx uses the related word sunteleia [derived ultimately from telos] = entire completion, consummation) of the age (which is the age we are still in and which will be succeeded by the 1000 year kingdom or "Messianic Age")." With this universal and cosmic end in mind, Peter urges his readers to be “alert” and sober in prayer, or more precisely, to be alert for the purpose of prayer. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. His splendor covers the heavens, And the earth is full of His praise. The resurrected Christ revealed Himself to the Apostle John, and in so doing He expressed a special reward for those who endure until the end (Rev. The promise that His return could come at any moment was intended to create a sense of expectancy, urgency, and obligation for the church to be busy with things that mattered. Peter calls us to a love which is "fully stretched out” or manifested “in an all-out manner, with an intense strain”. An expectant attitude toward Christ’s return involves a serious, balanced mind and an alert, awake prayer life. Prosdokao (4328) - means literally to look forward toward, to wait for, to look for, to anticipate. 1 Corinthians 1:8 who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am speaking here particularly of the imminency of His coming. May we each regain this purifying perspective of the first century church. 1 Peter 4:8, KJV: "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins." Paul reminded Titus that Christians are to be “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:13-note). Only the humble have the necessary resources to give of themselves to those who could never give of themselves in return." 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. That end is an extremity, but it is an extremity infused by purpose. Be of sound judgment (4993) (sophroneo from sozo = to save {from sos = sound} + phren = mind, which would then literally describe a "saved mind"!) Marvin Vincent writes that…, the compounded preposition apo denotes the withdrawal of attention from inferior objects. The Messiah was the goal of the Law to bring one to faith (Gal. Curiously eis to telos, literally “for ever,” appears in the title of over 50 psalms. Grace is undeserved favor—the free kindness that comes from the Lord. (Macarthur J. For more study here are some other resources: Naves Topic, Torrey's Topic, Smith's Bible Dictionary, ISBE article (in depth), Holman Bible Dictionary. Attribution-Noncommercial-Noderivs 3.0 Unported License ) conveys the meaning of accepting Unterschied wie zwischen einem und. Not an end. `` is, I choose to be able to as. Heos telous, “ an end, ending - A1 - telos ) does not necessarily indicate,. 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