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Read Introduction to 1 Peter

 

If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.”
 
 
blessed are you
 
When insult because of our testimony comes our way, God gives us a special blessing. God gives us a special beatitude when we face insult for our faith. 
 
“Blessed” means a well ordered soul (1 Pe 3:14; Mt 5:11). Suffering for Christ is no penalty, it is a privilege
 
“Blessed” does not mean happy. Happiness depends on circumstances and circumstances depend on chance. People who depend on chance happiness as the basis for their orientation do not operate on God’s principles. These people are shallow and unstable. A blessed person is someone whose state of soul is neither produced nor affect by outside circumstances. 
 
PRINCIPLE: 
 
A well ordered soul comes from God.
 
APPLICATION:
 
A well ordered soul is a distinct quality of God and cannot be acquired apart from him. We cannot have what God has apart from God himself. God is independent from circumstances. We can be independent from circumstances. 
 
A well ordered person needs nothing. He is independent of circumstances. He is not dependent on luck but upon divine resources within. 
 
Blessedness is the state whereby one enjoys God. It is a state that belongs uniquely and intrinsically to God (1 Ti. 1:11). No one can make God blessed. So this is a condition of soul whereby the soul derives its satisfaction from the source of God.
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