On Purpose offers a comprehensive look at Genesis 1-3, Ephesians 5, Passages in 1 Corinthians 11 and 14, and 1 Peter 3.
Peter had just finished teaching on all areas of life. Now he summarized the principles of living in community according to God's commands.
Peter enjoined Christian wives married to men who did not share their faith to live in a [Godfearing] pure manner of life in the same way Jesus did, using Jesus’ life as the example for their own.
As a life-long waterman, Peter may have preached often using the metaphors of Noah's ark and the Flood as symbolic for salvation through Jesus.
Peter drew from imagery that could portray the kind of fearless faith, godly character, and much-maligned yet God-affirmed lifestyle that he was seeking to encourage. Noah and his family of eight were a tiny remnant of faithful people in a very hostile world.
The ink in Peter's quill was metaphorically drawn from his own suffering and sacrifice. He wrote about fear and courage because he was face-to-face with it.
We may not be able to stop evil, harm, and pain from entering our lives. Corruption and death are still realities. But we can choose to respond in the Spirit of Christ, a supernatural response that is first the result of God’s divine work of transformation within, and is also our willingness to allow that divine work to replace the way we used to be.
I have learned much about the importance of good translation. IN today's text, the meaning of words makes all the difference in understanding the passage.
Peter's instructions to Christians husbands and wives married to those who do not share their faith is a continuation of his them of living honorably.
They hear the Lord’s voice speaking softly, yet with such power. And as they dream, and gaze, and talk, these two young idealists are poised to change their world in a radical upheaval that would stay God’s judgement for an entire generation.