I Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
As believers, we are not to live out our days in the desires of men. We are no longer like other men. We are born again, new creatures, sons of God, and we desire to love and serve God. As new creatures, it is our heart’s desire to please God.
We have lived enough of the other life. We have walked in sin and wickedness. We know what it produced. This word lasciviousness means “behavior completely lacking in moral restraint, usually with the implication of sexual immorality.” The word was used to speak of promiscuous sexual behavior.
Lusts refer to desires. So before we just did whatever we might want to do without consideration for what God would want. Many spent their lives in drunkenness.
Revellings and banqueting both refer to parties with lots of drinking alcohol, and all that goes with that lifestyle. It is an orgy, carousing, wild partying!
They were also worshipping and following false gods. God hates these false gods. The unrestrained, live it up lifestyle was approved by these false gods. God didn’t want His people to live that same lifestyle.
Once these believers had gotten saved they no longer wanted to follow the old lifestyle. They didn’t want to go to the parties. They didn’t want to live for themselves. Their friends thought they were weird for this new way of living.
Peter reminded the believers that God would judge these wild people. Not because they partied but because they worshipped and followed false gods.
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