THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
Why gospel is preached unto the dead—Saints should speak as the oracles of God—The righteous will be tried and tested in all things.
then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same amind
he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from csin
That he no longer should live the rest of his
time in the flesh to the alusts
of men, but to the will of God.
For the time past of our
life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, aexcess
of wine, brevellings
, banquetings, and cabominable didolatries
Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
Who shall give account to him that is ready to ajudge
and the dead.
for this cause was the bgospel cpreached
also to them that are ddead
, that they might be ejudged
according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and awatch
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: afor bcharity
shall cover the multitude of sins.
As every man hath received the gift, even so aminister
the same one to another, as good bstewards
of the manifold grace of God.
If any man aspeak
, let him speak
as the boracles
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.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery atrial
which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
If ye be areproached
for the name of Christ, bhappy 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.
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.
Yet if any man suffer
as a aChristian
, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
For the time is come
must begin at the house of God: and if it
at us, what shall the end be
of them that bobey
not the gospel of God?
And if the arighteous
scarcely be saved, where shall the bungodly
and the sinner appear?
Wherefore let them that suffer according to the awill
of God commit the bkeeping
of their souls to him
in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.