Simon Says, Part 21
Jesus Christ set the example for us to follow with His life and in His suffering. This message looks at the life of Christ and the mystery and meaning of what He has done for us and its application for our lives today and in eternity.
Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter
1 Peter 3:18-22 The Suffering of Christ
Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – June 14th 2015
- Benefits of and respond to suffering . . . and we all go through things at points in our lives
- 1 Peter 3:17
It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
- There are times in which where it is God’s will and other times when it is not
- To give us an example of someone who suffered for doing good in the will of God, Peter turns to the ultimate example – Jesus.
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
Suffering for Good
- Christ suffered because of sins . . . not His but because of the sins of others
- So that good may result (that we are brought to God) . . .
- Knowing that in the end – even though we die in the process there is life at the end . . .
- This is the message of the gospel
- So there will be times that we suffer in honoring God and doing His will.
2 Cor 4:10
Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
- Peter continues to talk about Christ and what happened after Christ suffered and Died
- And also a difficult passage to understand . . .
Victory over darkness
1 Peter 3:19-20
by which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water.
- By the power of the HS Christ went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison
- Proclaimed – not preached as in shared the Gospel – but made the news know
- Spirits are not all knowing, and they can be confined and cut off
- With the spirits in prison
- These are spirits not people
- Some have seen this as a “second chance for people”
- Heb 9:27 man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
- He did not use the word for people or “souls” (which he used in the next verse) but the word for spirit – which is for angels and demons
- These were spirits who disobeyed long ago – that is went outside the boundaries that God assigned to them. And they went outside their boundaries in the days of Noah
- Jude 6-7
And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment.
- Also in 2 Peter 2:4-5
- Gen 6:4
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days — and also afterward — when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
- The book of Enoch . . . . and the watchers (Deuterocanon)
- Demonic forces “became flesh” tried to use people for there own pleasure to cause death, destruction and chaos
- God became flesh – for our redemption, to give us life and life to the full.
- Also interesting to note that God “waited patiently” while the Ark was being built
- God is patience with even those who are evil while his plan is being worked out on the earth by His people
- Few people, eight in all, where saved through water . . . .
- There was a destruction of the
Salvation through resurrection
1 Peter 3:21
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
- There is a correspondence between the waters of Noah (which is a condemnation of the works of the flesh – a death) and the symbol of New Testament baptism
- It is not the baptism itself that saves you, it is your commitment and a good conscience toward God
- Salvation comes from putting our faith in Jesus and being in him and the power of the resurrection
- Eph 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Authority in Christ
1 Peter 3:22
who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand, with angels, authorities and powers having been subjected to him.
- Jesus is in heaven – at God’s right hand – the highest place (All authority has been given to me)
- All of these powers are subject to him
- Angels, authorities and powers
- Everything is under him – He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords –
- Suffering for good
- There will be times when we are called to do this – look to Jesus and his example
- Know that Jesus has victory and authority over everything . . .
- Look to him as the source of authority and strength
- Put your salvation in Christ – the righteous for the unrighteous – so we can be brought to God through the power of the resurrection.
- Prayer people and prayer