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A TRIP BACK TO CALVARY (5 of 7)
1 Peter 3:18
May 19, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Although this text is within the
context of one of the most difficult in the N.T., it
begins with something which anyone can understand.
The text deals with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Peter wished to encourage his readers in their
suffering by again reminding them that even Christ
suffered unjustly because it was God's will.
Ultimately, however, Christ was marvelously triumphant
to the point of being exalted to the right hand of God
while all of those demon beings who were behind His
sufferings were made forever subject to Him. (3:22)
Remember, Peter is writing to give encouragement to
Christians living in difficult days.
I. THE VASTNESS OF CHRIST'S SUFFERING. 18a
A. THE FACT OF HIS SUFFERING.
"For Christ also suffered" - in v.17 Peter wrote about
suffering for well-doing rather than for evil-doing;
and then he gave the example of Jesus Christ.
GREAT TRUTH: Jesus Christ never asks of us that which
He had not already done.
B. THE FINALITY OF HIS SUFFERING.
"once for sins" - when Christ died He died once for
Romans 6:10a, "For the death that He died, He died to
sin once for all..."
The priestly sacrifices in the Temple have to be
repeated daily, but Christ made the perfect sacrifice
once and for all when he offered Himself up.
Hebrews 7:22-27, "by so much more Jesus has become a
surety of a better covenant. Also there were many
priests, because they were prevented by death from
continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has
an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able
to save to the uttermost those who come to God through
Him, since He always lives to make intercession for
them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who
is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,
and has become higher than the heavens; who does not
need daily, as those high priests ...
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