Inspired by the story of Built the ark in which his family and the animals were saved from a flood More, the author urges the followers of Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More to live in a spirit of love, hospitality, and service to others.
In the previous section, the author meditated on Jesus was baptized (literally, "dipped") in the Jordan River by John the Baptizer, at which time he was acclaimed from heaven as God's Son, the Beloved. Much later baptism became one of the sacraments of the Church, the action by which a person is incorporated... More through the lens of Noah and the The flood refers to the catastrophic deluge in Genesis. In the biblical account Noah, his family, and selected beasts survive the flood in an ark; thereafter they received a rainbow in the sky as a sign of God's promise. Many other cultures also have flood... More. In this section, the image of Noah and the Flood continues, but in the context of the expectation of Christ’s imminent return. The author reminds his audience that they formerly lived like the people who perished in the Flood, indulging themselves with “drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry” (4:3). In the ancient Roman context, these things are clear indications of the frivolous wealth and excess of the aristocracy. At least some of the new followers of Jesus must have been aristocrats themselves because the author notes that their compatriots “are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses” (4:4).
The author then turns the image of partying on its head. Rather than indulge themselves at parties where slaves wait on them, followers of Jesus should be stewards (i.e., people who wait on tables at banquets) and servants of one another. They should be hospitable and live in love because the end of all things is near (4:7). The author reminds the followers of Jesus that they must not do these things just because they are kind. They must steward their gifts and serve one another “so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ” (4:11). He shows the seriousness of his apocalyptic advice by capping it with a Doxology is an expression of praise. Psalms of praise, such as Psalms 149 and 150, are doxological in nature; Paul concludes his letter to the Romans with a doxology. Christians sing a doxology whenever they praise the Triune God: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow...." More, a solemn prayer that reminds his audience that even if they have aristocratic roots, they have no true power or glory. Rather, “To Jesus belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen” (4:11).