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Following Christ

4 Therefore, since Christ suffered w in the flesh, x equip y yourselves also with the same resolve z—because the one who suffered in the flesh has finished a with sin bin order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, c but for God’s will. d For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the pagans choose to do: e carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, f drunkenness, orgies, g carousing, and lawless idolatry. So they are surprised that you don’t plunge with them into the same flood h of wild living—and they slander you. They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. i For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead, j so that, although they might be judged by men in the fleshly k realm, l they might live m by God in the spiritual realm. n

End-Time Ethics

Now the end of all things is near; o therefore, be serious and disciplined p for prayer. Above all, maintain an intense love q for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins. r s Be hospitable t to one another without complaining. 10 Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, u as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, v so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. * Amen.

Christian Suffering

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal w comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. x 13 Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the * Messiah, y so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation z of His glory. 14 If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, a you are blessed, because the Spirit b of glory and of God rests on you. c 15 None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler. d 16 But if anyone suffers as a “Christian,” he should not be ashamed but should glorify God in having that name. 17 For the time has come for judgment e to begin with God’s household, f and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

18 And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty,

what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? g h

19 So those who suffer according to God’s will should, while doing what is good, entrust themselves i to a faithful Creator.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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