1 Peter 4:1 (KJV)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
To arm oneself is to take up an offensive weapon. They may be used defensively but they are offensive in nature.
- To put on a helmet is not to be armed
- To put on a breastplate is not the same as being armed
- To pick up a shield is not the same as being armed
Arming oneself would be picking up a spear a sword or a bow; in our day it would be a pistol, a shotgun or a rifle.
Peter says to arm ourselves with the same mind as Christ when He suffered for us in the flesh. This took me to Ephesians six and what is the only offensive weapon in the whole armor of God, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The surest way to protest ourselves from the suffering of the flesh is to attack it with God’s Word. This is not to attack the one who inflicts the suffering upon us, Christ did not do that, but to apply the Word of God to our minds that we would be strengthened to bear it and have a clarity to know our path in the midst of it.
If we suffer for Christ we do so for the sake of others.
1 Peter 4:1 The Armed Mind
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