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Life Secrets

1 Peter 3:10-12

The 'pride of life' is one of the three main areas of temptation (along with the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes - 1 John 2:16).

Confidence Without Fear

1 Peter 3:13-14a

All children assume that they are safe, until they find out that some people hurt them. Such experiences light a fuse of fear which may continue to hold them back through their adult lives, further inflamed by other painful experiences. Peter's readers had bad experiences too.

Ready To Answer

1 Peter 3:14b-15a

People cannot become followers of Jesus if they have not heard about Him, and what He has done to save us. Although there are millions of Christians in the world today, many of their friends and colleagues have not yet heard them speaking about Jesus Christ.

Winning Answers

1 Peter 3:15-16

God's truth has its own inbuilt power. We cannot force people to believe in Jesus - trust grows as they discover that Christ is trustworthy. Our task is to explain who Jesus is and what He has done, so that others will be persuaded to take action, by repenting and turning to follow Him. So, we need to answer questions about our faith and the reason we behave differently, and to do so gently and respectfully. If it is not obvious that we respect the questioner, how will they know that God loves them: and if we do not win their trust, why should we expect them to trust the Lord?
 

Purposeful Suffering

1 Peter 3:17-18

Born-again Christians will sometimes get into trouble for speaking about Jesus. The nature of sin is that it resists the Lordship of Christ; and so any suggestion that He should be worshipped, trusted, loved and served may meet a hostile response. When this happens to you, remember that it is not a personal attack (even though it may seem to be!), it is against Him.

Unjust Justice

1 Peter 3:18a

The one thing that God the Son did not deserve, was to die for our sins. The sins were ours: the punishment should have been ours too. He had no sins, and therefore there should have been no punishment for Him. You might say, "It wasn't right!" But it is not us who determines what is right; that is God's job.

Life-giving Spirit

1 Peter 3:18b-20a

Today's passage is among the most difficult in the New Testament. It deals with the time between the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We normally gain understanding by comparing a new fact or idea with others that we already understand. So it is particularly hard to understand what happened when Jesus was dead, because the first Easter was a totally unique event. The only way to know the meaning of these verses is by a careful dissection of the way the Greek words are used in the original.

God's Patient Salvation

1 Peter 3:20b-22

These verses have had a variety of interpretations, including the idea that the physical act of water baptism has saving power. But other Bible verses do not agree! We are saved through God's grace when we put our faith in Jesus the Saviour (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Jesus Is Supreme

1 Peter 3:21b-22

Where is Jesus today and what is He doing? Some people, who claim to follow Jesus, just try to follow His example and obey His teaching as recorded in the Bible. That is, of course, a very good thing to do, but it misses a vital dimension. Jesus is a real living person and not just a wise author.

No Looking Back

1 Peter 4:1-2

The sufferings of Christ were real, agonising and literally excruciating. Yet we can treat them so lightly. They inform our worship and the wonderful songs we sing; they are the essence of our communion service. Yet we can so easily separate them out into a 'religious' part of life, and silence their message in the workplace, home and leisure environments. The truth is that Jesus was put to death because of our sins, so that we might be free to live a new life ... and not go back to old ways.
 

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