Good Thursday morning. I am looking forward to a lovely day today and a WELCA meeting outside.
Peter rambles through a few subjects in this next passage such as doing good, following Christ’s example, Noah, hope, proclamation to spirits in prison, baptism, and the divine realm of Christ. That’s a lot to pack into 9 verses. Go Peter!
1 Peter 3:13-22 (NRSV)
13 Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14 But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15 but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16 yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
I think the best take away from this selection is the hope we have as Christians that through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have been brought back to God. Suffering will be part of this life, but our conscience will be clear if we suffer for doing good. Be ready to defend your faith and defend salvation through Christ.
Blessings on your day,