Bible Teaching Notes
Friday, October 19, 2018
Omar C. Garcia

1 Peter 3



3:1 Likewise [cf. 2:13], ye wives, be in subjection [subject yourselves; cf. Gal. 3:28; Eph. 5:24; Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:5] to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won [to win over to a point of view; cf. 1 Cor. 9:19-22] by the conversation [behavior/actions demonstrate reality; actions speak louder than words] of the wives;

 

3:2 While they behold [observe] your chaste [irreproachable conduct that is free from moral defilement] conversation coupled with fear [Gr. “phobos” refers to healthy fear (cf. 2:18)].

 

3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning [not a prohibition against being well groomed or nicely dressed but against making these a priority over inner beauty and godly character] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

 

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.

 

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:

 

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.

 

3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge [respond accordingly to her needs, desires, gifts, abilities], giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker [refers to physical and not to moral, spiritual, or intellectual weakness] vessel [“partner” (NIV); implies a side-by-side relationship], and as being heirs [joint-heirs; signals equality] together of the grace of life; that your [husband] prayers [our relationships with others matters (cf. Matt. 5:23-24) and impacts our prayers] be not hindered [to cut in on].

 

3:8 Finally [the conclusion of his remarks on submission], be ye all [believers represented variety of groups within society, including slaves, wives, husbands, etc.] of one mind [cf. Rom. 12:18], having compassion one of another [to feel what someone else feels; cf. Rom. 12:15], love as brethren [Gr. “philadephia”; to have family-like affections for others in the body of Christ], be pitiful [or kindhearted; feeling others’ needs and then acting to meet those needs (like the Good Samaritan in Lk. 10:25-37)], be courteous [an attitude that keeps a person from being consumed by pride and selfish desires; Jesus set example of humility when He washed the disciples’ feet (cf. Jn. 13:1-15)]:

 

3:9 [how to respond to persecution by non-Christians…] Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing [involves both good words and good actions toward those who persecute or torment us; blessing is the opposite of cursing]; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing [eternity with God].

 

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:

 

3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

 

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.

 

3:13 And who [even the most irreligious people recognize what is good; cf. Prov. 3:3-4] is he that will harm you, if ye be followers [eager or passionate (translates the Gr. word “zealot”] of that which is good?

 

3:14 But and if [if perchance; the possibility of persecution was real] ye suffer [cf. Matt. 5:10] for righteousness' sake, happy [highly privileged] are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled [disturbed; emotional turmoil; cf. Matt. 10:28];

 

3:15 But [introduces the antidote to fear: focus on Christ] sanctify the Lord God in your hearts [the place where fear would dwell]: and be ready always [ready to speak out] to give an answer [a defense] to every man that asketh [whether in a court of law or an everyday informal inquiry] you a reason [a rational account of; a reasonable defense] of the hope [the “faith”] that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

3:16 Having [maintaining] a good conscience [personal integrity before God]; that, whereas they speak evil [to speak maliciously; a reminder that we live in a hostile world] of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse [speaking evil about another in order to destroy good reputation] your good conversation in Christ.

 

3:17 For it is better, if the will [God may allow suffering to come into our lives for our growth and His glory] of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

 

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:

 

3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

 

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.

 

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:

 

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.
Source:Omar C. Garcia
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