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In this section Peter continues with his advise on conduct during times of suffering. The opening statement here ('But the end of all things is at hand' - 1 Peter 4:7a ) is a reminder that we are living in the last days. Because of this Peter steps up a gear by issuing ten specific commands to the Church in the light of the times we are living in.
Suffering is to be expected and the commands he gives help up go through these times as Christ endured for the sake of the Gospel.
Then Peter returns to ecouraging the Church in suffering, this time giving specific words to the Elders and Shepherds of the Church, then to the young people and to the congregation as a whole.
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