Peter tells us in I Peter 4:1-2 “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” What do these two verses means? Jay Adams, in his book “How to Help People Change” believes Peter is saying four things. These four things are:
- Because of our identification with Christ’s substitionary death in the flesh, the problem of sin in the flesh has been dealt with
- Whenever we face the temptation to sin, there will be a battle (he uses a military term, arm, which means to take up one’s battle gear)
- We are equipped to resist sinful human desires by remembering that in Christ we have died to sin
- It is therefore possible to live differently for the rest of our lives
So in your Christian life, seek to live righteously.