1 Peter

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1 Peter 4 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on 1 Peter 4 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

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SAB comment

My comment

1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

(Jehovah's Witnesses) "The gospel preached also to them that are dead"
The Watchtower Society teaches that there is no consciousness after death. But if that is so, then how could Jesus have preached to "them that are dead?"
That would be a very good response if the meaning of this verse was that Christ preached to those that were death at the time he preached to them. But that is not the meaning of this verse. As per chapter 3:19 the meaning is that Christ preached to those who, when he preached to them, were alive, but who are now, at the time the apostle is writing this, are dead. So read this as: “For for this cause was the gospel then preached to them, who are now dead.”

7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

"But the end of all things is at hand."
What the Bible says about the end of the world
We live indeed in the last times, the time between Christ's first coming and his second. This verse does not say that Peter believed it would come in his life time. He knew already it wouldn't, see John 21:21-23.

8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

Be hospitable to one another without grudging.

10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Don't murder, steal, do evil things, or interfere needlessly in the lives of others. I wish Christians would follow Peter's advice here, especially the "busybody" part, and stay out of the beliefs and sex lives of nonchristians.
There is a difference between being a busybody and genuine concern. But I suppose how it is expressed is what turns even genuine concern into busybodiness.
But staying out of other people's beliefs would be quite contradictary with genuine concern. If you believe that your neighbour is destined for an awful eternity every true Christian would try to find some way to express this. But I agree, it's a fine line. But how often has this concern been blessed, and many who perhaps would have initially agreed with the author of the SAB, bless now those that did not stay out of another person's belief.

16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

"What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"
Things may get rough for Christians, but it will really be hell for nonbelievers.
Sin will be punished. And justice will be done. No one will receive more than they deserve and their own consciences will testify to this fact.

18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.