We’ve been looking at our responsibilities in view of the fact that “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 3:7a). We’ve come to the third and fourth of Peter’s exhortations. Continue reading . . .
We’ve been looking at our responsibilities in view of the fact that “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 3:7a). We’ve come to the third and fourth of Peter’s exhortations. Here again is how the Apostle put it:
“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4.7-11).
(3) Our third responsibility, in view of the impending end of all things, is to graciously and generously host one another. Peter here calls for happy hospitality (v. 9).
It’s really quite shocking to discover how important hospitality is in the NT and how essential it is to defining those who are truly followers of Jesus! Hospitality is one of the defining marks of the Christian church (Rom. 12:13; 1 Tim. 3:2 and Titus 1:8). And who can possibly forget Hebrews 13:2 - Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Indeed, loving, heart-felt hospitality is one of the clear signs or indications of true, saving faith: “By this we know love