Peter Chapter 3
Memory verses for this week:
3:11 But that no man is
justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The
just shall live by faith.
In Chapter 2, we studied about how the Christian becomes the
temple of God when they accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
Being a Spiritual House of the Lord, we are to live for God
and follow the example of Christ. He lived and suffered and died that we might live
eternally. This week we
find instructions on how to live for both Christian women and men.
Instructions for Christian Women
Pet 3:1 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;
Pet 3:2 While they
behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
A woman who is a Christian and walking close to the Lord is
going to show love and respect for her husband. God gives us advice how to reach the lost mate, and he
tells us here in verse 1 that the woman can reach her husband by
setting an example before her husband.
It says the unsaved husband will be moved by the actions of
their wife when that woman lives in subjection to her husband and
shows respect to God by having chaste conversation.
1 Cor 7:10
And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let
not the wife depart from her husband:
1 Cor 7:11
But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be
reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his
1 Cor 7:12
But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a
wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let
him not put her away.
1 Cor 7:13
And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and
if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
1 Cor 7:14
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and
the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your
children unclean; but now are they holy.
1 Cor 7:15
But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a
sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to
1 Cor 7:16
For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy
husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy
Pet 3:3 Whose adorning
let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of
wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
Pet 3:4 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.
Peter teaches that the Christian woman should let her
adorning be that of the hidden man of the heart… not outward
adorning. I don’t
believe this is saying a woman can not adorn herself outwardly, but
is pointing to the fact that the hidden heart dedicated to God will
have great impact on others. God wants us to not only appear humble, but to be clean in
the heart and live for the Lord.
It says a quiet and meek spirit is of great price in the
sight of God.
The Believers Study Bible said this about how a woman should
dress and where God places the great value.
The two verses declare that the Christian woman is not to
depend upon clothing, jewelry, or a coiffure to accentuate her
beauty. The “hidden person of the heart” is a reference to
attitudes of integrity, kindness, gentleness, etc., which are the
ornaments that genuinely reflect and accentuate beauty. Particularly
does God affix great value to the womanly attitude of “a gentle
and quiet spirit.” 
Pet 3:5 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:
Pet 3:6 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.
The example set by Sarah was one that exemplified humility
and obedience to Abraham.
She even respected Abraham so much that she called him lord.
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is
the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the
wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the
church, and gave himself for it;
Instructions for the Christian Man
Pet 3:7 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.
The husband is to show respect to the wife.
He is to dwell with her according to knowledge.
The man is to give honour to the wife, as unto the weaker
vessel. If we do this,
it says our prayers will not be hindered.
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of
Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the
garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every
way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Men should love their wives as their own bodies.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that
loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and
cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and
shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Advice for All
Pet 3:8 Finally, be ye
all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren,
be pitiful, be courteous:
Pet 3:9 Not rendering
evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing;
knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a
God desires that both husband and wife be of the same mind…
and this goes even further to include our relationships with fellow
church members. God
wants us to be of the same mind, and that is to have the mind of
Christ. When the church
was so effective in Jerusalem, it was when they were of one heart.
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and
of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which
he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
1 Cor 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no
divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the
same mind and in the same judgment.
In the verse there in Corinthians, Paul charged the church to
be joined together in one mind.
His desire is that we have compassion and love the brethren.
We are to be pitiful and courteous.
We are not to render evil for evil,
but we should show love for our enemies.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you, and persecute you;
The Way to a Happy Life
Pet 3:10 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:
Pet 3:11 Let him eschew
evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
Pet 3:12 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.
Pet 3:13 And who is he
that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
He have three directions given here in these verses about
having a happy life.
Keep our tongue from evil
Turn away from doing evil
Live in peace.
When we follow these directions, we find find happiness.
God is against evil and is always for good and righteousness.
Verse 12 says that the face of the Lord is against them that
do evil. Few will harm
you if we follow after good.
J. Vernon McGee spoke this about verse 10.
All of us want to live, but unfortunately there are a lot of
believers today who are not enjoying life. They are not living life
to its fullest, not getting all they should out of life. When I was
a pastor in Nashville, Tennessee, many years ago, a young medical
student—who was the president of the young people’s group in the
church and not much younger than I was—said one day, “Vernon, I
want life to be like an orange to me, an orange out of which I can
squeeze every drop. I want to live for God!” “For he that will
love life”—if you want to really live, here is a good formula,
and here is the key to it. Peter says that we are to refrain from
constantly speaking evil of others. And we are to refrain from
speaking “guile,” from being deceptive and not telling the
Suffering for Well Doing
Pet 3:14 But and if ye
suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of
their terror, neither be troubled;
Pet 3:15 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:
Pet 3:16 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
Pet 3:17 For it is
better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing,
than for evil doing.
Many have suffered for their stand for the Lord.
When we stand up for the things of God and suffer for it, we
are happy. If we do
wrong, we expect evil to befall us.
The bible teaches us that if we live righteously, we will
2 Tim 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
2 Tim 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.
are to rejoice if we suffer for Christ.
The Apostles that suffered for Christ counted it joy to
suffer for God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness'
sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in
heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
And to him they agreed: and when they had called the
apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak
in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing
that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not
to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Christ Suffered for Sin
Pet 3:18 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:
Pet 3:19 By which also
he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Some misunderstand these verses to believe Jesus suffered for
our sins in hell itself… Christ suffered on the cross for our
sins. Christ was
put to death in the flesh, and that flesh was made alive by the
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive
for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Pet 3:20 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.
When it speaks of Christ preaching unto the spirits in
prison, we believe this to be those called the anti-diluvians.
Thes are those who were disobedient in the time of Noah.
God used Noah to preach unto these via the Holy Spirit, but
they would not believe. Only
Noah and his family were saved in the ark.
It would not make sense for Jesus to have gone somewhere to
preach while in the grave. It would mean that some dead were on probation with an
opportunity for a second chance.
No such chance is taught in God’s Word.
We live once, and we need to come to Christ in this life.
Some verses about Christ’s work during this time are in
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father,
into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up
Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God,
saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with
hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself,
now to appear in the presence of God for us:
Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high
priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of
the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to
put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto
them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin
Albert Barnes appears to agree with me on verse 19.
He went—To wit, in the days of Noah. No particular stress should be laid here on
the phrase “he went.” The literal sense is, “he, having gone,
It is well known that such expressions are often redundant in Greek
writers, as in others. So Herodotus, “to these things they spake,
saying”—for they said. “And he, speaking, said;” that is, he
said. So Eph. 2:17, “And came and preached peace,” etc. Matt.
9:13, “but go and learn what that meaneth,” etc. So God is often
represented as coming, as descending, etc.,
when he brings a message to mankind. Thus, Gen. 11:5, “The Lord
came down to see the city and the tower.” Exo. 19:20, “the Lord
came down upon Mount Sinai.” Num. 11:25, “the Lord came down in
a cloud.” 2 Sam. 22:10, “he bowed the heavens and came down.”
The idea, however, would be conveyed by this language that he did
this personally, or by himself, and not merely by employing
the agency of another. It would then be implied here, that though
the instrumentality of Noah was employed, yet that it was done not
by the Holy Spirit, but by him who afterward became incarnate. On
therefore, that this whole passage refers to his preaching to the
antediluvians in the time of Noah, and not to the “spirits”
after they were confined in prison, this
is language which the apostle would have properly and probably used.
If that supposition meets the full force of the language, then no
argument can be based on it in proof that he went to preach to them
after their death, and while his body was lying in the grave.
Pet 3:21 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:
Pet 3:22 Who is gone
into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities
and powers being made subject unto him.
Thank the Lord that Jesus rose from the grave and went into
heaven to be our intecessor with God.
Verse 21 speaks of how baptism is a figure (or picture)
of that which saves a soul.
It took it all in God’s plan to save us.
The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
1 Cor 15:1
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
1 Cor 15:2
By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1 Cor 15:3
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the
1 Cor 15:4
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:
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