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2016 December 8

Christ in Heaven with Four Saints and a Donor (c. 1492)
Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494)
Italian Renaissance Style
Art Gallery and Civic Museum of Volterra, Volterra, Italy
Image Source: Wikimedia

     Explanation: In 1 Peter 3, Peter has advice for wives, husbands, and other interpersonal relationships. He commands wives to be in subjection to their husbands, adorned, not outwardly, but inwardly, by a spirit of holiness, fear of God, meekness, and peacefulness. Thereby, they may win an unbelieving husband to the Lord. Women of old, like Sarah, behaved in this way; Sarah even called Abraham lord (1-6).
     Husbands also should dwell with their wives in accord with knowledge (wisdom, understanding), giving her honor, and treating her as a co-heir of eternal life. Otherwise their prayers will be hindered (7).
     Everyone should be of one mind, having compassion, love, tender-heartedness, courtesy, not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling. Instead, they should bless one another because that is what we are called to. Do not speak in an evil or a deceitful manner. Repudiate evil, do good, seek peace, and chase after it, because the Lord's eyes are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil (8-12).
     No one will harm you if you do what is good. But, if you are persecuted for righteousness sake, then you are blessed, and you need not be afraid of or troubled by their terror. You should always be ready to tell others why you have the hope that is in you. You should have a good conscience before God, so that those who speak evil of you might be ashamed. It is better to suffer for well doing than for evil doing (13-17).
     Christ is our example. He suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit. By the Spirit, [and perhaps through the preaching of Noah] Christ preached to the people of Noah's day, whose spirits are now in prison. But only 8 of these people were saved. They entered the ark, and floated above the flood, thereby being saved by the water which destroyed everyone else. We also are saved, figuratively, by water, namely the water of baptism, not by the washing of the flesh which is done by baptism, but by the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Christ who cleanses our conscience the way water cleanses the flesh. The waters of baptism testify to this spiritual cleansing. And Christ, who sits enthroned in heaven, angels, authorities, and powers being subject to him, ratifies this cleansing of the soul (18-22). ]
     [Sermons: William Still 1. William Still 2. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's image depicts Christ enthroned, which is also mentioned at the end of today's chapter. His enthronement seals the benefits which he won for us. Those benefits aid us in the life of love and obedience which Peter calls us to in today's chapter. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: 1 Peter 3: Genesis 18:12; Proverbs 17:13; Psalm 34:12-16; Isaiah 8:12-13; Genesis 6:3, 12. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

1 PETER (COVENANT LIVING: The Importance of Obedience)

1. Chosen for Obedience: Its Meaning (1 Peter 1:1 - 1 Peter 1:25) - 63 A.D. Israel
2. Chosen for Obedience: Its Outworking in Life (1 Peter 2:1 - 1 Peter 5:14) - 63 A.D. Israel

1 Peter 3

2. Chosen for Obedience: Its Outworking in Life (1 Peter 2:1 - 1 Peter 5:14) - 63 A.D. Israel

     1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
     7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
     8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
     13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
     18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

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