1 PETER CHAPTER 3 STUDY (– vv. 1-22)
Submission to Husbands
3 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the [a]incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
A Word to Husbands
7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
Called to Blessing
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be [b]courteous; 9 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 life And see good days, Let him [c]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.”
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.” 15 But [d]sanctify [e]the Lord God 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 [f]us 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, [g]when once the Divine longsuffering waited 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.
Notes 1 Peter 3 (vv. 1-7; vv. 8-12; vv. 13-17; v. 15; vv. 18-20; & vv. 21-22)
3:1-7: A stunning call to contentment in Christian marriage, whether we live in the first century or the twenty- first … The dignity and modesty of a woman – and her conduct – have the power to call her husband to faith and devotion … Husbands are not to take advantage of this superior conduct on the part of their wives, but are to reciprocate, indeed, to give honor … Peter’s image of marriage is one of sacramental union, not merely of legal contract … On the other hand, to the inheritance customs of the time, husband and wife are heirs together of the grace of life – (v. 7) … Failure to live with understanding with one’s spouse even affects one’s relationship with God – (see – also Ephesians 5:22-33) …
Marriage—Christ and the Church
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might [a]sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, [b]of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
3:8-12: Our behavior today has consequences for the future – (“The choices we make now dictate the life we lead later on” – Renaissance Man “The Movie:) … The Church as a corporate priesthood is to express God’s graciousness to the entire world … As we have been blessed, so must we bless – (Matthew 7:12) …
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
3:13-17: As the royal priesthood follows Christ in His obedience and His mercifulness, so it follows Him in His suffering …
3:15: A challenge to all – clergy and laity alike – to answer when asked about our hope in Christ with meekness and fear …
3:17: Not all our suffering comes about because we have been righteous …
3:18-20: As Noah preached righteousness, suffered unjustly, and rescued those who were with him, so also does Christ … Christ descended to those in darkness and death that light might shine on them, and He might deliver them from death … As Christ fearlessly faced His tormentors, death, and hell, so we through Him can confidently face mockers and tormentors – and yes, bring His light to them …
3:21-22: The FLOOD is an OT mystery of salvation of humanity … Noah was saved from a godless society – not so much saved from the water, as though the water from evil … For through the water of baptism the Resurrected Christ, having taken His place in HEAVEN itself, gives us a clean CONSCIENCE …
1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [a]puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [b]thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
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