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"The time past of life is sufficient to have performed the will of the Gentiles."

  I Peter 4:3


  As we prepare to enter a new year, let us focus our attention upon this text, which deals with the time of our lives, both past and future. The apostle Peter writes to believers in Jesus Christ and divides their lives into their past conduct before they had been converted to Christ in contrast with their present and future conduct as Christians. He tells them that they no longer should live the rest of their time in their bodies for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. They had spent sufficient time in the past in doing the will of the Gentiles, walking in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. When he says that they had spent “sufficient time” in their sins,he is using a figure of speech, a rhetorical expression denoting much more than he is actually saying. He means they had spent far too much time in the pursuit of sinful pleasures, in neglect of God and of a life which would honor and glorify God. How brief life is! And yet how much of it may be spent in pursuit of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. As for the vast majority of mankind, all of the days of their lives are spent in this fashion (for according to Jesus, few are on the narrow road which leads to life), and they never call upon the name of the Lord for salvation from sin and for a new heart. But those who do come to faith in Christ continue to live in a world flooded with attractions and enticements which urge a continuation of the pursuit of sinful pleasures as the true fulfillment, satisfaction, and goal of life. But Jesus, (speaking through Peter, for Peter is one of Jesus' apostles), exhorts them to do so no longer—indeed, the time past of life is sufficient to have performed the will of the Gentiles. This is in keeping with the transformation which faith in Christ brings to a believer: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” If we understand God's commandments, each of us has much for which to be ashamed when we examine our past. Yet, if we call upon Christ, He will forgive our many sins and give us a new heart.  


 

   

   

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