1 Peter Chapter 3

May 8, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 Peter. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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We are to live as God’s Holy people. Holiness is best displayed not by an outward adherence to rules and regulations, but by loving well. It is about realizing that life is not all about me, my wants, my rights, my demands, my ????????

Jesus modeled a holy life for us. It was not a life of isolation, it was a life of active caring and participating with people from all walks of life in all sorts of situations, loving and accepting them and introducing them to the Kingdom of God.

Jesus modeled submission for us as well. Submitting to will of the Father in the garden, submitting to the Cross.

The Christian attitude toward authority and submission is drastically opposed to the perceptions of the world, which see the one in authority as exalted, and the other as debased. In that mind set a person’s value is determined by the position he or she holds. But in the church, that is not how it is supposed to be. A persons’ value exists not from the role they hold but because everyone has equal value and importance to God. This understanding of authority and submission shifts the focus completely from power, to service.

1 Peter 3:1-22 (NIV)
1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. 8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. 11 He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand–with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

1 Peter 3:1-7

A life that is changed in Christ has an impact on family members. Peter’s encouragement to wives to develop inner beauty does not mean that they shouldn’t care about what they look like on the outside, it is just that what is going on on the inside is more important. True beauty begins inside.

Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

To be submissive means to cooperate voluntarily out of love and respect for God and for that person.

The biblical ideal is that submission is a mutual thing.

Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

1 Peter 3:8-15

1 Peter 3:8-11 (MSG)
8 Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. 9 That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. 10 Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here’s what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful; 11 Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth.

Be agreeable

Romans 12:16 (NIV)
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Be sympathetic

James 1:19 (NIV)
19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

Be loving

Romans 12:10a (NIV)
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.

Be compassionate

1 John 3:18 (NIV)
18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

Be humble

Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Be a blessing

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doin
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1 Peter 3:16-17

People will say what they will about you, but you don’t need to give them any extra ammunition. Live by trying to do the next right thing.

1 Peter 3:18-20

There are a lot of different ideas about these verses. Did Jesus actually descend into hell?

1 Peter 3:18-19
18 Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which he also went and preached to the spirits in prison,

Some believe that Jesus descends to hell to liberate those spirits who have been held in prison previous to His incarnation. His task in hell then is to liberate Old Testament saints.

1 Peter 3:19 leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Peter doesn’t tell us who the lost spirits in prison are or where the prison is. The lost spirits in prison could easily be referring to lost people in this world.

In any case, the overall tenor of the verses is that the Good News of salvation and victory is not limited.

1 Peter 3:21-22

When we are baptized we are identifying with Jesus death and resurrection. It is not the ceremony that saves us, it is an external evidence of something that we have done on the inside, which is confessing with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead.

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