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Since Christ then suffered [for us] in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind; because he that suffered in flesh hath ceased from sin,
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no longer to live the rest of time in flesh to men’s lusts but to God’s will.
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For the past time [is] sufficient to have wrought out the will of the Gentiles, walking as ye had done in lasciviousness, lusts, wine-bibbings, revels, carousings, and unhallowed idolatries;
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wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] into the same excess of profligacy, speaking injuriously,
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who shall render account to him that is ready to judge living and dead.
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For to this end was the gospel preached to dead men also, that they might be judged according to men in flesh, and live according to God in spirit.
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But the end of all things hath drawn nigh. Be discreet therefore and watch unto prayers,
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and before all things having your love toward each other fervent, for love covereth a multitude of sins;
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hospitable toward one another without murmuring;
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according as each received a gift, ministering it toward each other as good stewards of God’s various grace:
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if one speak, [let it be] as oracles of God; if one ministereth, as of strength which God supplieth; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the might unto the ages of the ages. Amen.
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Beloved, be not surprised at the fire among you that cometh for your trial, as though a strange thing were happening to you;
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but inasmuch as ye share in the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that in the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice exultingly.
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If ye are reproached in Christ’s name, blessed [are ye], because the [Spirit] of glory and the Spirit of God resteth upon you: [on their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified].
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Let none of you suffer as murderer or thief or evil-doer or as overseer of other’s affairs;
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but if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but glorify God in this name.
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Because the time [is] that judgment begin from the house of God; and if first from us, what [shall be] the end of those that obey not the gospel of God?
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And if the righteous is with difficulty saved, where shall the impious and sinful appear?
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Wherefore also let those that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing to a faithful Creator.