Wednesday, February 26, 2014

1 Peter 3:8-22 - Defending the Faith - Steve Gregg



Peter teaches us we should be loving and  never repay evil for evil and that we should always be able to give a reason for hope that we have in Jesus Christ. This can range from giving evidence for the resurrection and creation to the existence of God, etc. But it's primary meaning is that we testify to what has done or is doing in our lives.

1 Peter 3:8-22


New King James Version (NKJV)

Called to Blessing


Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;[a] not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For
“He who would love lifeAnd see good days,Let him refrain his tongue from evil,And his lips from speaking deceit.11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;Let him seek peace and pursue it.12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,And His ears are open to their prayers;But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[b]

Suffering for Right and Wrong


13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”[c] 15 But sanctify the Lord God[d] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.


Christ’s Suffering and Ours


18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[e] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[f] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.


Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:8 NU-Text reads humble.
  2. 1 Peter 3:12 Psalm 34:12–16
  3. 1 Peter 3:14 Isaiah 8:12
  4. 1 Peter 3:15 NU-Text reads Christ as Lord.
  5. 1 Peter 3:18 NU-Text and M-Text read you.
  6. 1 Peter 3:20 NU-Text and M-Text read when the longsuffering of God waited patiently.

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