Correspondence: 1 Peter 4:18; Acts 2:5

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Question 97 “If the righteous scarcely be saved,” does this mean that the righteous may be lost? 1 Peter 4:1818And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:18) J. W.
Answer: We have salvation presented in three aspects in Scripture. We need always to examine the context, to tell which way the Word applies it.
3rd. We are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Phil. 2:12-1312Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12‑13)). It is to this class 1 Peter 4:1818And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:18) belongs. It means saved through difficulties along the path, under the government of God. Our failures do not affect our eternal salvation, for it is secured by Christ (John 14:1919Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. (John 14:19)). The Jews looked for temperal deliverances; we look for soul salvation in our trials. Not kept from them but kept during them. Receiving the end of our faith, soul salvation (1 Peter 1:99Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:9), Luke 21:1919In your patience possess ye your souls. (Luke 21:19)). We can count on the Lord to keep our souls in peace and victory for Him (Phil. 1:19-2019For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (Philippians 1:19‑20)).
Nothing, can touch the life that is hid with Christ in God (Col. 3; also Phil. 1:66Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)); but we need daily help and guidance, and carefulness not to hinder or grieve the Holy Spirit. This is the fear and trembling lest we should hinder God’s work in us.
But at this time (Acts 2) there were Jews scattered among the nations. Many of these pious Jews had come up to Jerusalem to worship and were present to hear the gospel preached for the first time.
We could not call the Eunuch of Ethiopia a Gentile, but a Jewish proselyte, who also came to Jerusalem to worship. (Acts 8:2727And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, (Acts 8:27)). Those who received Christ, were henceforth Christians.