Good Stewards of the Grace of God

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 4:7-10

The apostle Peter begins by saying in 1 Peter 4: 7-10 that the end of all things is near. And verily the second coming of our Lord and the judgment of the nations are coming ever closer. But we will also be believers before the judgment seat of Christ where we will be evaluated as stewards of the grace of God. We must keep in mind that we are going to render an account of what we did with the gift received, if we have shared the grace, the gift of salvation with others, and we have been obedient to His words.

The second that Peter warns us is to be of sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Currently, we spend much more time using our smartphones than kneeling before the Lord. Generally we only remember that God exists when some catastrophe touches us closely. Many are more concerned about being connected to social networks or playing Pokémon Go than being in continuous tuning with the heavens. And if you are told that the end is near, then your greatest concern for prayer is for God to give us extra time.

The following that Peter says is becoming less and less common: Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. The Lord had already said that it would happen in the last times. According to Matthew 24:12, And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Today the love of many has cooled and very few are hospitable or try to help the brothers in need. It is more common to hear of Christians saying, “I will pray for you.” Having in their hands the way to help, they hide themselves in religious hypocrisy.

The final part of 1 Peter 4: 7-10 tells us, As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Not all of us have received the same gift, nor has God given the same revelation of His truth to all His servants. Pretending that the grace that God has placed individually in us is the only important thing for Him is, at the same time, to minimize human size to an infinite God and to raise our own value to the utmost.

The apostle Paul speaks very clearly in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. There are a diversity of gifts, ministries and operations within the body of Christ. They all come from God and all of them are equally important and have been given for the benefit of the church.

We are good stewards of the manifold grace of God when we use our gifts to minister to our brethren in the faith. In the same way, we must show meekness and humility, allowing us to minister for our fellows who have gifts different from ours. Otherwise, we would lose much of the multiform grace. God bless you.

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Buenos Administradores de la Gracia de Dios

Mas el fin de todas las cosas se acerca; sed, pues, sobrios, y velad en oración. Y ante todo, tened entre vosotros ferviente amor; porque el amor cubrirá multitud de pecados. Hospedaos los unos a los otros sin murmuraciones. Cada uno según el don que ha recibido, minístrelo a los otros, como buenos administradores de la multiforme gracia de Dios.

1 Pedro 4:7-10

El apóstol Pedro empieza diciendo en 1 Pedro 4:7-10 que el fin de todas las cosas se acerca. Y en verdad que la segunda venida de nuestro Señor y el juicio a las naciones se aproximan cada día más. Pero también los creyentes estaremos ante el tribunal de Cristo donde seremos evaluados como administradores de la gracia de Dios. Debemos tener presente que vamos a rendir cuenta de lo que hicimos con el don recibido, si hemos compartido la gracia, el regalo de salvación con otros y nos hemos mantenido obedientes a Sus palabras.

Lo segundo que nos advierte Pedro es: sed, pues, sobrios, y velad en oración. Actualmente, pasamos mucho más tiempo usando nuestros teléfonos inteligentes que de rodillas ante el Señor. Generalmente solo nos acordamos que Dios existe cuando alguna catástrofe nos toca de cerca. Muchos se preocupan más por estar conectados a las redes sociales o jugar Pokémon Go que estar en sintonía continua con los cielos. Y si se le menciona que el fin está cerca, entonces su mayor preocupación para orar es para que Dios nos otorgue tiempo extra.

Lo siguiente que dice Pedro se está volviendo cada vez menos común: Y ante todo, tened entre vosotros ferviente amor; porque el amor cubrirá multitud de pecados. Hospedaos los unos a los otros sin murmuraciones. Ya lo había dicho el Señor que pasaría en los postreros tiempos. De acuerdo a Mateo 24:12: y por haberse multiplicado la maldad, el amor de muchos se enfriará. Hoy el amor de muchos se ha enfriado y muy pocos son hospitalarios o intentan ayudar a los hermanos en necesidad. Es más común escuchar de cristianos decir; “Voy a orar por ti.” Teniendo en sus manos la forma de ayudar, se escudan en la hipocresía religiosa.

La parte final de 1 Pedro 4:7-10 nos dice: Cada uno según el don que ha recibido, minístrelo a los otros, como buenos administradores de la multiforme gracia de Dios. No todos hemos recibido el mismo don, ni tampoco Dios les ha dado la misma revelación de Su verdad a todos Sus siervos. Pretender que la gracia que Dios haya puesto individualmente en nosotros es lo único importante para Él es, al mismo tiempo, minimizar al tamaño humano a un Dios infinito y elevar a lo sumo nuestro propio valor.

El apóstol Pablo lo dice muy claramente en 1 Corintios 12:4-7: Ahora bien, hay diversidad de dones, pero el Espíritu es el mismo. Y hay diversidad de ministerios, pero el Señor es el mismo. Y hay diversidad de operaciones, pero Dios, que hace todas las cosas en todos, es el mismo. Pero a cada uno le es dada la manifestación del Espíritu para provecho. Hay diversidad de dones, ministerios y operaciones dentro del cuerpo de Cristo. Todos ellos vienen de Dios y todos ellos son igualmente importantes y han sido dados para provecho de la iglesia.

Somos buenos administradores de la gracia multiforme de Dios cuando usamos nuestros dones para ministrar a nuestros hermanos en la fe. De igual manera, debemos mostrar mansedumbre y humildad, dejándonos ministrar por nuestros consiervos que tienen dones distintos al nuestro. De no hacerlo así, nos perderíamos gran parte de la gracia multiforme. Dios te bendiga.

Removing the Clogging of Our Prayer

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

1 Peter 3:7

Today’s theme is one that confronts every man, including myself. And it is that 1 Peter 3:7 says this, Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. There will be those who fill their mouths saying that they have always taken to the letter everything that says 1 Peter 3:7. To be honest, I cannot make this statement but, on the contrary, admit that I have failed many times.

As I said at the beginning, this message confronts us all men. And, instead of seeking to justify our behavior, it is time to take our responsibility, admit our mistakes and amend the way. If today, all over the world, laws are introduced that establish strong obligations to men while undermining their rights, it is because we ourselves have not known how to exercise our manly functions or have abused by generations of our position. The result is the radical distortion of God’s plan for humanity.

Let us do what we have first. It is true that there is no guarantee that they will respond to us in the same way; but our priority must be to obey what God sets and He will take care of the rest. Living wisely with the woman and treating her as a more fragile vessel means not being a grumpy bear. The following is written in Colossians 3:19, Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. And if we lack the wisdom to deal with the situation, let us pray to God in prayer and He will respond favorably.

Surely God will direct us to His Word and tell us something similar to what is written in Ephesians 5:25-28, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

Certainly the Word of God also gives the command to women what to do and how to behave with their husbands. And it would be a foolish thing to say that most of them do their part. But that does not stop you, man, to fulfill yours. Remember that the commandment has been given by God, not your wife. So before whom you will respond for violating it is before God. Whether or not she fulfills what she has, it does not entitle you to do the same. Be responsible for what is your part and leave the rest to God.

Look closely at the comparison Paul makes in Ephesians 5:25-28, compare you, man, with Christ and your wife compares it to the church. Look carefully that Jesus Christ did not wait for all of us to repent of our sins to die on the cross. He took the first step, He gave Himself up before the first person showed repentance. That is our example, boys, the first step is ours. After that, let’s bend knees and, without a doubt, our prayers will be without hindrance and will be answered favorably. God bless you.

Quitando el Estorbo a Nuestra Oración

Vosotros, maridos, igualmente, vivid con ellas sabiamente, dando honor a la mujer como a vaso más frágil, y como a coherederas de la gracia de la vida, para que vuestras oraciones no tengan estorbo.

1 Pedro 3:7

El tema de hoy es uno que confronta a cada hombre, incluyéndome a mí mismo. Y es que 1 Pedro 3:7 dice lo siguiente: Vosotros, maridos, igualmente, vivid con ellas sabiamente, dando honor a la mujer como a vaso más frágil, y como a coherederas de la gracia de la vida, para que vuestras oraciones no tengan estorbo. Habrá quien se llene la boca diciendo que siempre ha llevado al pie de la letra todo lo que dice 1 Pedro 3:7. Para ser honesto, yo no puedo hacer esta afirmación sino, por el contrario, admitir que la he fallado muchas veces.

Como dije al principio, este mensaje nos confronta a todos los hombres. Y, en lugar de buscar de justificar nuestra conducta, es tiempo de asumir nuestra responsabilidad, admitir nuestros errores y enmendar el camino. Si hoy en día, en todo el mundo, se implantan leyes que establecen fuertes obligaciones a los hombres mientras minan sus derechos, es porque nosotros mismos no hemos sabido ejercer nuestras funciones varoniles o hemos abusado por generaciones de nuestra posición. El resultado es la distorsión radical del plan de Dios para la humanidad.

Hagamos lo que nos toca primero. Cierto que no existe garantía de que nos respondan de la misma manera; pero nuestra prioridad debe ser obedecer lo que Dios establece y Él se encargará del resto. Vivir sabiamente con la mujer y tratarla como vaso más frágil implica no ser un oso gruñón. Escrito está en Colosenses 3:19 lo siguiente: Maridos, amad a vuestras mujeres, y no seáis ásperos con ellas. Y si nos faltare sabiduría para lidiar con la situación, pidámosla a Dios en oración y Él responderá favorablemente.

Seguro de que Dios nos dirigirá hacia Su Palabra y nos dirá algo semejante a lo que está escrito en Efesios 5:25-28: Maridos, amad a vuestras mujeres, así como Cristo amó a la iglesia, y se entregó a Sí mismo por ella, para santificarla, habiéndola purificado en el lavamiento del agua por la palabra, a fin de presentársela a Sí mismo, una iglesia gloriosa, que no tuviese mancha ni arruga ni cosa semejante, sino que fuese santa y sin mancha. Así también los maridos deben amar a sus mujeres como a sus mismos cuerpos. El que ama a su mujer, a sí mismo se ama.

Ciertamente que la Palabra de Dios da también el mandamiento a las mujeres de lo que deben hacer y cómo comportarse con sus maridos. Y sería pecar de tonto afirmar que la mayoría de ellas cumplen su parte. Pero que eso no te detenga, hombre, a cumplir la tuya. Recuerda que el mandamiento lo ha dado Dios, no tu esposa. Así que ante quien vas a responder por violarlo es ante Dios. Si ella cumple o no lo que le toca, eso no te da derecho a que hagas lo mismo. Sé, pues, responsable por lo que es tu parte y deja en manos de Dios lo demás.

Mira bien la comparación que hace Pablo en Efesios 5:25-28, te compara a ti, hombre, con Cristo y a tu mujer la compara con la iglesia. Mira bien que Jesucristo no esperó a que todos nos arrepintiéramos de nuestros pecados para morir en la cruz. Él dio el primer paso, Él se entregó antes que la primera persona diera muestra de arrepentimiento. Ese es nuestro ejemplo, varones, el primer paso nos toca a nosotros. Luego de eso, doblemos rodillas y, sin ninguna duda, nuestras oraciones carecerán de estorbo y serán respondidas favorablemente. Dios te bendiga.

The People of God

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

1 Peter 2:9-10

Whoever has given his life to Jesus Christ, even if the world thinks otherwise, has become a very important person before God. Before the world, especially today, we may lack value; but to God we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people. Only these four characteristics of the believer are sufficient to feel less before the world and to walk in fulfillment of our purpose, to proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The people of God today suffer, in almost all the nations of the earth, a veiled persecution that is seen as if it were to facilitate free thought and equal rights. The fear of God has been completely lost and there are those who dare to challenge God Himself and His Law. It is remarkable to see how the expressions of adoration of our Heavenly Father are limited and to mention the name of Jesus, while being tolerated and encourage behaviors that are contrary to what the Bible says.

And although the world sees the children of God as second class citizens, for Him we continue to be a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people. As a chosen generation, it is an honorable distinction to know that God has set His eyes upon us among so many other inhabitants of this earth. Being a chosen means having excelled over likely candidates. And that choice had nothing to do with our merits, since in that we are equal to others, but God was pleased to choose us, so the glory is only His.

And we are chosen to hold a royal priesthood. We are priests of the Most High King and it is our duty to announce the virtues of our Lord and King. We are called to preach and spread the good news of the gospel to every creature to the last end of the earth. No matter what our preaching is, we do not have to change the message to please the world, we are a royal priesthood, priests of God, not of the world, so our message must conform to what God says not to what he wants to hear the world.

We are a holy nation and as such, we are set apart for God. We are not supposed to be contaminated with the things of the world. In the past, we were part of the darkness; but now we have been brought to light. Then we must walk according to what the Holy Word of God says not according to what they want to impose the fashions of the moment. We are called to give light to the world and not to join its darkness. If we please the world instead of God, we are denying our own essence as God’s people.

Finally, we are a people acquired by God, before we were slaves of sin and subject to the god of this world; but the Most High bought us for a high price and paid our ransom with the precious blood of His Son. If we are humiliated or are forced to accept worldly fashions, let us first think about the cross, the precious life that cost us our ransom, and let us say no to the things of the world. Let us live grateful for His infinite mercy. God bless you.

El Pueblo de Dios

Mas vosotros sois linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, nación santa, pueblo adquirido por Dios, para que anunciéis las virtudes de aquel que os llamó de las tinieblas a Su luz admirable; vosotros que en otro tiempo no erais pueblo, pero que ahora sois pueblo de Dios; que en otro tiempo no habíais alcanzado misericordia, pero ahora habéis alcanzado misericordia.

1 Pedro 2:9-10

Quien ha entregado su vida a Jesucristo, aunque el mundo piense lo contrario, se ha convertido en una persona muy importante delante de Dios. Ante el mundo, especialmente en la actualidad, podemos carecer de valor; pero para Dios somos linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, nación santa, pueblo adquirido por Dios. Solamente estas cuatro características del creyente son suficientes para no sentirnos menos ante el mundo y poder caminar cumpliendo con nuestro propósito: anunciar las virtudes de Aquel que nos llamó de las tinieblas a Su luz admirable.

El pueblo de Dios sufre hoy, en casi todas las naciones de la tierra, una persecución velada que se hace ver como si fuera para facilitar el libre pensamiento y la igualdad de derechos. El temor de Dios se ha perdido por completo y hay quienes se atreven a desafiar a Dios mismo y a Su Ley. Es notable ver como se limitan y coartan las expresiones de adoración a nuestro Padre Celestial o mencionar el nombre de Jesús, mientras se toleran y fomentan conductas que son contrarias a lo que dice la Biblia.

Y aunque el mundo vea a los hijos de Dios como ciudadanos de segunda clase, para Él seguimos siendo linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, nación santa, pueblo adquirido por Dios. Como linaje escogido, es una honrosa distinción saber que Dios ha puesto Sus ojos sobre nosotros entre tantos otros habitantes de esta tierra. Ser un escogido significa haber sobresalido sobre los candidatos probables. Y esa elección no tuvo que ver por nuestros méritos ya que, en eso, somos iguales a los demás, sino que a Dios le plació escogernos, así la gloria es solo Suya.

Y somos escogidos para llevar a cabo un real sacerdocio. Somos sacerdotes del Rey Altísimo y es nuestro deber anunciar las virtudes de nuestro Señor y Rey. Somos llamados a pregonar y propagar las buenas nuevas del evangelio a toda criatura hasta el último confín de la tierra. No importa que coarten nuestra predicación, no tenemos que cambiar el mensaje para complacer al mundo, somos real sacerdocio, sacerdotes de Dios, no del mundo, por lo cual nuestro mensaje debe ajustarse a lo que dice Dios no a lo que quiera escuchar el mundo.

Somos una nación santa y como tal, estamos apartados para Dios. No estamos supuestos a estar contaminados con las cosas del mundo. En el pasado, fuimos parte de las tinieblas; pero ahora hemos sido llevados a la luz. Entonces debemos caminar conforme a lo que dice la Santa Palabra de Dios no conforme a lo que quieran imponer las modas del momento. Somos llamados a darle luz al mundo y no a unirnos a sus tinieblas. Si complacemos al mundo en lugar de Dios, estamos negando nuestra propia esencia como pueblo de Dios.

Finalmente, somos pueblo adquirido por Dios, antes fuimos esclavos del pecado y sujeto al dios de este mundo; pero el Altísimo nos compró por un alto precio y pagó nuestro rescate con la sangre preciosa de Su Hijo. Si nos humillan o nos quieren obligar a aceptar las modas mundanas, pensemos primero en la cruz, en la preciosa vida que costó nuestro rescate y digamos no a las cosas del mundo. Vivamos agradecidos de Su infinita misericordia. Dios te bendiga.

Holy Priesthood

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:5

The subject of holiness has been put behind the curtain in modern preaching. Since holiness implies renunciation of the things of the world and withdrawal to God, there are preachers who fear to treat the subject in order not to offend their parishioners. That’s why they prefer to talk about things that are more pleasing to their ears. 1 Peter 2:5 compels us to be a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

A holy priesthood is opposed to the values ​​of the world because they oppose the values ​​of God. Therefore, as a holy priesthood, we should not only seek our own holiness, but should become the spokesman for it. It is impossible to be a part of a holy priesthood without preaching about sin, repentance, and holiness. The final times are approaching hopelessly and the ministers and servants of Jesus Christ are called to present these subjects to both the unbelieving and the sleeping church.

As a holy priesthood, we must preach by reminding everyone of what Hebrews 12:14 says, Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. This is a biblical preaching, which was presented by the apostles and all those who have adjusted to the Bible in all ages. For example, the English preacher John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) said, “We must be holy because this is the only sound proof that we have a saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Other servants of Jesus Christ have expressed themselves in similar terms. The American Jerry Bridges said, “Holiness implies more than mere actions. Our motivations must be holy, that is, they must spring from a desire to do something simply because it is the will of God.” Another American, Paul D. Washer, said, “The evidence of justification by faith is ongoing work of sanctification through the Holy Spirit.” Both coincide with what Ryle had said more than a century before.

Many are drawn to Christ with the idea that God has a “wonderful plan” for them. And they imagine that this plan of God implies making them prosperous and happy. Certainly the wonderful plan of God will give us untold treasures in the heavens and the joy of having eternal life with Him. The American Iain Duguid has said in this regard, “God’s ‘wonderful plan’ for our lives is not limited to take us to heaven; it also includes putting the heaven within us by reforming us into a holy people.”

And concerning Duguid, 1 Peter 2:9 says, But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. We are a royal and holy priesthood, we are a holy people, a holy nation. God did not rescue us from the slavery of sin, paying as high a price as the blood of His Son, for we may continue in the captivity of filth.

We are called to be holy. The American preacher Aiden Wilson Tozer (1897-1963) once said: “The true Christian ideal is not to be happy, but to be holy.” Let us not deceive ourselves with the lies of the enemy and exercise our holy priesthood with dignity. God bless you.