Would a Sovereign God Ever Harm Us?

1 Peter 3:13


If you are Christ’s, no one in this world can ultimately harm you. They can only serve God’s good purposes for you and bring you greater blessing. In this lab, John Piper talks through the most difficult line in 1 Peter, explaining the role of pain in the Christian life and the promises God makes to the hurting.

Principle for Bible Reading

When you come to a phrase or verse (or series of verses) that are confusing, or maybe even seem to contradict other parts of the Bible, identify the specific question or unresolved problem. Then, examine the immediate context (paragraph, chapter, and surrounding chapters), looking for an answer. Then, move out to other parts of Scripture searching for clarification or confirmation.

Study Questions

  1. Do you see any potential problems in 1 Peter 3:13? What do you think Peter means?
  2. Now look at 1 Peter 2:20 and 4:19 (and their immediate contexts). How do those passages effect your understanding of 1 Peter 3:13?
  3. Based only on 1 Peter, can you determine whether God, in his sovereignty, allows Christians to suffer in this life?