Saved Through the Fire of Suffering

1 Peter 4:17–18


In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that although the world may send us into its furnace for not bowing our knees, we know that the Son of God is with us in the flames.

Principle for Bible Reading

Cross-Referencing

One way that humans love to communicate is to use words and phrases that someone else has said in the past to enhance what they are saying now. We quote others to defend, explain, or confirm what we are trying to communicate.

For instance, the biblical authors utilize the Old Testament in many different ways. We should ask what texts they are quoting to make their point, or when they do not quote a specific text, which texts might they have had in mind. Utilizing cross-references, especially when a New Testament verse or passage cites or alludes to Old Testament passages, helps us to have a fuller understanding of what the authors were trying to communicate.

Study Questions

  1. What does it mean that God’s judgment begins with the household of God? Read Ezekiel 9:4–6 and Jeremiah 25:29. How do these texts help us answer that question?
  2. What does it mean that the righteous are scarcely saved (1 Peter 4:18)? Peter is quoting Proverbs 11:31. How does knowing this help our understanding?
  3. How do you answer the rhetorical question in 1 Peter 4:18? Does your answer affect how you interact with non-Christians this week?