How do I share Christ’s sufferings?

“Rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings” (1 Peter 4:13).

What did Christ’s sufferings accomplish and how do I share in them?

What did Christ’s sufferings accomplish?

(1)    To satisfy God’s wrath against sin (Rom 3:25)

(2)    To become a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)

(3)    To give eternal life to all who believe in Him (John 3:16, 1 Pet 1:3)

(4)    To reconcile us to God (Rom 5:10, 1 Pet 3:18)

(5)    An example for how we are to live (1 Pet 2:21)

(6)    That we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet 2:24)

What do my sufferings accomplish?

(1)    Tested faith: and subsequently, or hopefully, sanctification (1 Pet 1:6-7)

(2)    Rejoicing: a chance to be like Christ (1 Pet 1:7, 4:13)

(3)    A realization that I need Christ; I am inadequate to satisfy God’s wrath or make payment for sin (1 Pet 3:18)

(4)    A chance to be a witness (1 Pet 2:12, 3:15)

(5)    My sufferings do not accomplish salvation or make me right with God

How do I share Christ’s sufferings?

(1)    First and foremost, you must be in Christ, trusting in what Christ’s sufferings accomplished (1 Pet 1:3)

(2)    Be holy, as God is (1 Pet 1:15)

(3)    Subject yourself to human institutions that may act unjustly (1 Pet 2:13)

(4)    Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Pet 3:15)

(5)    Arm yourself with the thinking that you will suffer (1 Pet 4:1, 12)

(6)    Suffer for doing good, just as Christ did (1 Pet 4:17-18)