My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Monday, January 14, 2008

1 Peter 3


Women, do what your husbands say, and have inner beauty. Your unsaved husbands will see how you've changed and believe. And men, have the deepest respect for your wives.

Love each other and repay evil with good. You won't get punished for good, but if you do, know that God is God. Be ready to tell people about your faith, but do it in a way you won't regret.

Jesus was made alive by God's Spirit, which also made him preach to the prisoners of Noah's time. The rebirth in the flood is like your baptism. Baptism is a pledge which saves you through Jesus' sacrifice.

Key verse:
15. 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

My thoughts:
This is a powerful and intelligent call to personal evangelism. Very cool.

The stuff about Jesus preaching to prisoners is one of the more esoteric parts of the New Testament. From memory it refers to scripture that is no longer in our Old Testament canon. It's hard to know what point Peter is making, but it seems to me to be a segue from Jesus being resurrected by the Spirit to the flood as a symbol for baptism.

Anyway, this is some cool teaching on what baptism is, for anyone who is confused. It is a pledge and an outward sign of our salvation through Jesus. Some people believe they are saved through baptism. That's just silly. Peter's statement here is cool because it makes the connection between baptism and salvation whilst making it clear that baptism isn't our saving work.


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