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1 Peter 3:11-22 - Suffering For Well-Doing

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • October 31, 2009
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him him him him him and happy Sabbath again is concerned we will be continuing care study by the first heater will be done for the morning without a sooner we are in first Peter chapter three now let's go ahead and began with a award of her and started fathering and we thank you for the Sabbath day as we study from the north of first Peter then you would give us further insight into the power of your Word this is my current eases management beneath our eyes and we got through the first ten verses of first Peter chapter three last week and we have covered several ideas in this book so far the first chapter talks about how we know what is according to the foreknowledge of God through sanctification and obedience generic inheritance incorruptible and we talked about how we have the trials of our faith is more correct and that her face is more precious than gold shrine with fire is an interesting chapter wanted something born-again and incorruptible seed that human flash of lightning carafes that whether it when the sun beats down upon it and yeah it deserves you are born again when the trials are like incorruptible seed Saint Nodaway chapter shooting gets into a discussion of what it means to be born again and it starts off by signing the house newborn means we desire the sincere milk of the word and then we grow from that and eventually talked about how we are a living sounds build upon the foundation of Jesus Christ who is the foundation chief cornerstone and then as we continue on the question maybe one hundred ninety born again and how is it possible that I will whether or not our sake not when the trials of life and the illustration is given of Jesus Christ in verses twenty three twenty five and the experience that she went through when he was on trial this trial in his crucifixion and inverse twenty one it sorts all the things he leaves as an example that we should follow this steps you did no sin neither was guile found in his mouth to when he was reviled reviled not again we saw pretty threatened not the committed himself to him the judges righteously and then talks about his death on the cross so that the example that Christ is a lot for us that we should follow in his steps this is what it means to be born again of incorruptible seed and then Peter gets into some illustrations of you know in what way we need a ride or excessive so that when we do the right thing we have falsely accuse for a network called out the example of Christ the first illustration he gives our lives you are married to husband that are not Christian they are not of the Christian faith and they may miss treat you but your duty as a Christian is to respond the way Christ so that this first example that he gives anything so you're not in when you buy the adornment and that nothing am I in Nice and quiet spirit and then he's going to get into some other illustrations now that words can take it up here in verse so while the economy where we've gone so far in that in the book of first Peter something up in first Peter chapter three verse Aladdin says what Hamish you evil and do you get what you seek peace in and see with 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 you evil so it's interesting we talked about being falsely of keys and in verse nine of this chapter talks about not rendering evil for evil a railing for railing that contrariwise blessing and in verse eleven says SU evil and turn away from evil you get an seek peace and insights okay maybe you're being falsely keys may be using satellites are being misunderstood but nonetheless seek peace and inverse promises the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous who are the righteous phase on this context it desires to issue evil deed good CP sincere and instead of fighting back that's one biblical definition for being righteous masses his ears are open under their prayers in the face of the Lord is against limiting evilness is interesting and just earlier in this pacifist is like Amber sizes don't render evil for evil stuff like if you're fighting back if you're being falsely season your fighting back in the same spirit that considered doing evil and the Bible says the face of the face of the Lord is against them that do evil so not only has first Peter follow the example of Christ him he was falsely accused him to find that in addition to that if you're finding back in that is doing evil in the face of the Lord is against those he is so piercing what if you are to be a Christian if you're going to be righteous or the example of Christ and learn how to endear the trial of your faith without fighting back and consider using a continue the site idea here the first thirteen says insurers he that will harm you if you need followers of that which is good as a Cessna rhetorical question the five yeah why why would you fight back against someone cutting you down for doing that I mean how can they really harm you in the long run in the big picture if you're doing the rights and autonomy was in harmony is why you have to worry about finding out for yourself God can take care of that and on and soon it's like humanly speaking we feel that our reputation is being damaged that were being put down we got to fight back in and let people know where they are wrong and that than in their place that's like wait a minute she was at that will harm you if your followers of that which is good if you're doing the right thing the main accuser during the right thing at the end of the day at the end of the of this world making harmony and then she continues to this fly in verse fourteen by saying and if you suffer for righteousness sake happy are ye and be not afraid of their terror meter beachfront so he's like like if you're suffering for righteousness sake you should be happy don't be afraid of their tear down the trouble is you know what the end result is going to be humanly speaking this is difficult but all you will price him and becomes possible and universities in the next illustration of how we suffer for righteousness sake the first illustration he gave as lectures and writes as he went through the that judgment and the crucifixion he suffer for righteousness sake and he's left us an example the following steps the next illustration he gives is converted Christian seems to be unbelievers who are married to husband to have remained on the levers and how they suffer for righteousness sake and now he's coming in the next illustration of how the levers suffer for righteousness sake starts here in verse sixteen and we use this as a proof satisfied with how we need in our faith but here's a concept of what this first-time customers it seems as but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asked if he or reason in the hope that is in you with meekness and fear so we always use this first essay in a week we should be able to tell anybody why we believe what we believe century minimum number certainly is saying that hears the broader concepts of the passages like okay what do you do you sometimes see and asks you what you believe and you know what the truth is you know what the biblical answer is any know when you give that answer here in the persecutor forgetting that the context of what he is talking about because he's talking to first century Christians could to take the name of Christ profess the name of Christ with the pitcher life on the line and so he sang the ready always him to give an answer to every man that means loss I cannot try it out on you again around questioning in the political answer so they'll think they believe the same thing that they believe in we all sat in the same directions like not with meekness and fear is the reason for the hope that is in you and is in verse sixteen expand upon this idea verse sixteen says is having a good conscience that whereas they speak evil of you as an evil viewers they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ verse seventeen for it is better than well and not be so that you suffer from welldoing than for evil so the contact has a ten year asset okay do you really believe that this is the Sabbath and you know that if you give the answer and you shout from the Bible of the seventh day is the Sabbath this is just an illustration you know that a TV that you're getting it locked up in prison and are you against the reason for the hope that is within you with meekness and fear for you to say while you have God on works with everyone and for some people you know they worship on Sunday in their sincere day now I I go on the Sabbath and that's it for me was not really answering the question the question is is the only the seventh day is the true Sabbath and then the challenge of course is to give the answer with meekness and fear you not think the I believe the Cynthia when you're a heretic as he worshiped on Sundays does not mean Peter clearly says don't answer like that is that you're going to answer in such a way that convicts the here and they know you're saying is true and because of that he will be also exceeded him for righteousness so the only way we can do that is to sanctify the Lord God in our hearts he says that he'll have the Lord in your heart your knowledge of the human way out so that you will be set on the line in your head on the chopping block and a fine illustration of people at least one example of people shoot game enhancer with meekness and fear even when their lives were on the line for Shadrach Muzak and they said you know what our God deliver us that even if he does not get worse if you're in sorry and that's the way God plastic people also be so in that was interesting to me and says I studied through the first Peter chapter three psyche we always use preceded three fifteen to see how we should be able to give an answer for what we believe anyone at any time in months sure is that the context is when your life is on the line in your suffer for righteousness sake God wants us to still speak the truth in meekness and fear and we may be facing a time like that in the very near future world will come together Sunday that time will come God is looking for modern-day Shadrach 's niche Mitnick is a will say hey you know our God and the lever is that even if he doesn't want about how numerous of your image we know what the truth is so so again we have a good conscience first team that even if they speak evil of us don't be ashamed because there falsely accusing market conversation in price and it's interesting to feel it in Daniel chapter six for example that is advisers to the king of Persia said the only way were getting it Daniel is if we get a mini faithful the lot is God that we could Daniel him us me thankful his job her suspicion that the only way were in again because we can't find anything else wrong set of that is the type of people that God is looking for him this time many in verse seventeen for it is better if the will of God be so that you suffer from welldoing than for people doing and hopefully we've grown in our Christian experience that we so that we are suffering for evil the and we talked about this earlier in first Peter chapter she let us know if you suffer for doing the wrong thing that's just par for the course of the state that expected you messed up right now take that calmly and not just expected and yet human beings say okay I know I messed up how dare you to meet you you don't say that to me and I know I messed up and don't you tell me that I is also your thing examining it back to you mean for human beings even struggle about when the Bible is a analysis and market before he messed up you suffer for the Mabon your lesson by the grace of God he better but what's acceptable with God is immediately right thing any of all species and suffer for him you take it patiently that's acceptable and if we can even take it occasionally when we mess and were wanting to fight back there is no way that we were doing the right thing for you to take it patiently when we get on accuser if we suffer for that and yet Scripture says it is better if the will of God 's that you suffer from well behind them for evil the so hopefully were not suffering for evil because them I would mean we need to return him how to follow Christ and that we don't learn how to suffer for welldoing when you're teaching truth in your giving the message in a clear and powerful way and people come along sale they don't not interpret the Bible that's wrong that not for methodology that is not according to the fundamentals or whatever is that he suffers a welder and you keep preaching the truth admitted consciences and it's interesting here you look at her sentencing this is if the will of God so that you suffer from well doing now according to verse seventeen what is the will of God is verse seventeen the will of God is suffering from well-being is a now there is other and other places in Scripture that give definitions of what the will of God is in first Thessalonians chapter four verse three is a another definition for what the will of God is so Jennifer stores three answers the science chapter four verse three says for this is the will of God even your sanctification now in versus Lions the will of God your sanctification and in first Peter chapter three verse seventeen the will of God is suffering farewell so part of the sanctification process is is learning how to suffer for well doing and taking impatiently so we talked about how sanctification will I I him not sure because I do every day in our life we can be fully surrendered to the Lord and yet every day can bring a new trial in new situations that challenges her face and it's another opportunity for us to say it am I going to trust in the Lord and I'm I going to take occasionally this trial but I'm passing the and follow the example of Christ but the experience of synchronization so the will of God is suffering for welldoing for the will of God is sanctification wrought kindred and a sure ride a small thing then again I'm not saying in the search is not saying that we should go out of our way to create trial so that we can succeed on their own sanctified on suffering every day now they sometimes will send you the truth will bring the trial of your faith is not an automatic thing every time it is certainly will be the variance at some point and of course in no way resources and sympathy for the versus is all a godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution so if you've never been persecuted for your faith in your life that can be well frightful for the Lord then the enemy or likes of me well maybe I haven't been living godly in Christ Jesus Sarah have lived thirty forty fifty years and I've never had a trial of my faith why I doubt anyone sitting here to say they never had a trial of their faith if you have I be surprised certainly those who live godly in Christ Jesus for persecution is so continuing on in verse eighteen for Christ also hath once suffered for sins the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God being such a death in the flesh but quickened by the Spirit now here again is an illustration of suffering for well there Christ suffered for sentence to hears Christ's suffering and whether he knew wrong he really did nothing wrong he was a just man and so he suffered for signs that just for the unjust he was a child and he was suffering for the fungi how fair is that I mean Christ the new anything wrong and all of us but him on the cross and we don't have to suffer that death and he suffered it is not fair absolutely not that is much as you love God for I will than the death of the woman he would go through the most unfair and suffering to say that MS the example as well that what Christ she suffered for us so that we don't have to suffer in the way he did and yet if we follow him we will have an experience in life CNN and that he will suffer are well viewing and it's not fair that we may or not die for the whole world like Jesus and only Jesus could be that yet just as he suffered since the just man for the unjust he will suffer for doing the right thing is not fair if we live godly him follow the exam of Christ as he did so that he might bring us to God being sent to death in the flash but quickened by the Spirit allows an interesting phrase as he was such a death in the flash but quickened by the Spirit is now if you look at verse twenty one for example this is the will is speaking in front of Christ it says the like figure whereunto baptism doth also now saying this is not the putting away the filth of the flesh but the answer begins on disregard by the resurrection of Jesus Christ is God in heaven is on the right hand of God angels and authorities and powers being being made subject on the hand now what she hears talking about here and Paul talk about altering Romans is this crisis such that since he was such a death in the flash that he was quickened by the Spirit and as we get our numbers twenty one this point in the hemisphere it describes his resurrection and now that he has been resurrected he is gone in to heaven and is on the right hand of God now he when we look at Romans chapter six and we study this performer room and services brings out this idea and maybe even a little bit more clearly Romans chapter six starting in verse three says know ye not that so many misses were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death so there you see following the example of Christ honoring in his steps Christ was such a death in the flesh that we were baptized into his him first for therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death and the like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father even so we also should walk in newness of life worth living plants again in the likeness of his death we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection NEC how Peter was talking about the resurrection in first Peter chapter three how Jesus was put to death in the flash please been resurrected Paulus sanguine were varied with price by baptism into death and the next verse is about how were planted together in the likeness of his death so Christ was put to death in the flash and that symbolizes us truths of fine arts cuttings and that our flash and baptism in the symbol of in the likeness of Christ is raised from the dead by the glory of the father even so we also should walk in newness of why so Christ as an example that we should follow in his status as first Peter chapter two what the example when you do the right thing and you suffer for it it's educationally what other examples of the leave is such a death in the flash and so we are planted together in the likeness of his death members seven of chapter six of Romans or observers six so that the old man is crucified with Christ so Peter is making reference to the fact that were crucified with Christ the body of synthesis during the flash is set away when he made reference to the early in first Peter my techno house were born-again of incorruptible seed because the flesh of man where there is under trial but if you're born again of incorruptible seed that means the flashes of infant death him while the wife it will be the flash that will rise up implies you to wither away seriously you'll be an incorruptible seed that was planted together in the likeness of Christ that has been raised to walk up in newness of life so that's what Peter 's site here in chapter three and that Christ being put to death in the flesh but with quickened by the Spirit just as she was quickened by the Spirit room and date so that we no longer walk after the flesh but after the spirit so we can see the similarities between first Peter in the book of Romans serve in such verse eighteen verse nineteen and twenty people sometimes get a little bit confused about what Peter is saying here to talk about this here first nineteen twenty says Sarah Christ use equipment servers nineteen by which also he went and preached under the spirits in prison which sometime were disobedient when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of now while the ark was a preparing wherein few that is eight souls were saved by water some people say Selah is when Christ was crucified and went into the sea he went down into the earth and preached to the spirits that are interested see other people to die actually got us some time in purgatory and not for price was doing when he died other people say I'm sorry if you like the out what this is about the words serious here is actually comes from the word that describes SQL to have the wrath of talking about people who are living beings to have the wrath of what is the word spirits mean and sometimes in all are similar in the way words are translated as a sort of a different meaning today that when the original language and meet people who have breath enough to specifically are these people who have brought twelve there described as being in prison who sometimes were disobedience during this time of long-suffering in the days of Noah the launch of her new job in the days of know when the art of the bill so who are the spirits in prison see outside the Libyan world leaders have to look at the context and all Peter is saying is that like Friday's game the same opportunity to the people before the flood in the same that was the opportunity that we have now they have that opportunity now and is described as the long-suffering of God so during the hundred and twenty years that Noah built in our not the start of the long-suffering God to try to save the people in that time those are the spirits who were imprisoned so to speak during that time and it's interesting of course it says eight souls were saved by water so that the terminology there is interesting by Young God breathed into Adam 's nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul and these people are described as souls and similar language to say spirits in the previous release earlier numbers on people who have brass spirits or souls and eight souls were eight people know what his wife and their three sons and wives when one sees are saved in the yard and he uses that as an illustration site is not too complicated he simply using that as an illustration verse twenty one the White House saying here wherein she even baptism the also now save us a fun and interesting like the experience of the arc in the flood and those she went into the artisan is saying here is an illustration of an allegory of what that says is like for us and it's interesting he says not setting away of the filth of the flesh but the answer of a good conscience toward God he and translate that phrase is not putting away the filth of the flesh that literally means in the bottom we clean up the verse literally means and so what saves us is not there is not the water means that there ever body so to speak if he gives us a good conscience toward God that Susan is symbolic of being such a death in the flash to raise up to walk in newness of life we saw that in Romans chapter six Romans chapter six thousand that we are buried together with him by baptism into death that like as Christ was raised from the dead on the glory of the father we also should be raised to walk in newness of life baptism isn't just there and he was making the obvious point like Neo in the Baptist and Baptist radio baptized not the outward meaning of your filthiness of your flash the bottom reinventing the psychologists on this site being raised up to walk in newness of life with Christ that's what baptism symbolizes so you can yarn in the baptistery and unfortunately this happen sometimes people are still living the old wife to send their and they were him the truth about giving up smoking or drinking or things like that so young about this during my time out of the water and there's still the same person he so they might need either their skin modern got cleaned up but they're hard to get changed so that Peter is talking about and verse twenty Jesus Jesus is gone into heaven is on the right hand of God angels and authorities and powers being made subject on this premise is interesting any time in Scripture that Jesus is described as being on the right hand of God is a significant point because the rest of Scripture gives us an idea of what Jesus is doing on the right hand of God that were more towards the end of our studies on this and do some rapidfire verses amazing thing about what Jesus is doing on the right hand of God Hebrews eight one cells that Jesus is our high priest seated on the right hand of God Hebrews twelve versus wanted to for solace that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith seated on the right hand of God helping us to run with patience the race in the fourth and other high priests even on the right hand of God he was sent in all points like as we are yet without sin and helps us to overcome soon as he was in the same way that we work because another officer run the race that he ran the fourth we run so location is and because he seated on the right hand of God first Peter three twenty two says angels and authorities and powers are made subject sounded so that means that when you accepted Jesus seated on the right hand of God and Jenny Sauer in heaven and earth is subject to the power of Christ teacher hiring freeze is the author and finisher of your faith sitting on the right hand of God angels authorities and powers are made subject to all you have to do them he was fourth at all even the throne of grace diseases on the right hand of God angels authorities and powers are made subject on it he may say there is no way that I can pass through this trial my wife Jesus was God that he can get to the cross I can handle this Scripture says CCed on the right hand of God angels authorities and powers are made subject and if you have faith in him he will help you through that trial sees the example you can follow in his steps because angels authorities empowered to make such an CCed on the right hand of God he has the power of God that Jesus is and so that's the thought that I will leave you with as we take that next week we start first Peter chapter four verse one procedure for once is forasmuch then as Christ suffered for us in the flesh arm yourselves likewise with the same mind for he that has suffered in the flesh ceased from sin of chapter four verse one sort of summarizes everything Peter has been saying to get to that point and a Christ suffered for us in the flesh and we can arm ourselves with the same mind because angels authorities and powers are subject to these our high priest and the author and finisher of our faith seated on the right hand of God to me that Guinness churned and how can I do this coming week thank you

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