Chap 3 Holiness -A new way of Life, alot of new choices
Peter extended the principles of respect and submission to authority, from Christian conduct in the world to Christian conduct in the family. He challenged his readers to new behavior as submissive wives and considerate husbands.
A. Wives-The word means being under authority and carries the force of a command. There is no room for misinterpretation. It is very important to note the context here. Peter commands this so that unbelieving hucbands may come to Christ by the woman's example. Powerful,
B.Beauty: the call to an inner strength and beauty. Verse 5 adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands.
C. Husbands:be considerate or lit. "live with understanding" of their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Note the reference to co-heirs...that is to say equal and with honor. The admonishment that your prayers would be hindered if you did not.
II. Like Paul in Eph 5:28. Peter now exhorts all V. 8. to be different than before your knowledge of the Christ.
A. Change in all of your behavior, your tongue and your mind.
B. Persecution- do not fear (lit) terrified, but be ready
to answer about the HOPE you posess.
C. V17 "God wills it" suffering hmm.
VErse 19-20 has some unusual interpretations given over the years, we will discuss this in class.
D. Baptism v21 " the pledge of a good conscience.
Baptism does not save from sin, but from a bad conscience. Peter clearly taught that baptism was not merely a ceremonial act of physical purification, but (alla, making a strong contrast) the pledge (eperōtēma, also trans. “appeal”; cf. NASB) of a good conscience (syneidēseōs; cf. v. 16) toward God. Baptism is the symbol of what has already occurred in the heart and life of one who has trusted Christ as Savior (cf. Rom. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:12). To make the source of salvation perfectly clear Peter added, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Peter 1:3).
Next week. Chap 4