F I R S T P E T E R.
The work of a Christian is twofold—doing the will
of God and suffering his pleasure. This chapter directs us in both.
The duties we are here exhorted to employ ourselves in are the
mortification of sin, living to God, sobriety, prayer, charity,
hospitality, and the best improvement of our talents, which the
apostle presses upon Christians from the consideration of the time
they have lost in their sins, and the approaching end of all
things, ver. 1-11. The
directions for sufferings are that we should not be surprised at
them, but rejoice in them, only take care not to suffer as
evil-doers. He intimates that their trials were near at hand, that
their souls were in danger as well as their bodies, and that the
best way to preserve their souls is to commit them to God in