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The Suffering Of The Just For The Unjust (10 of 13)
THE BOOK OF I PETER
I Peter 3:18-22
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we looked at (vv. 8-17). Peter is writing to the persecuted saints, who had been scattered throughout five different Roman provinces in Asia Minor (1:1).
Peter is talking about the importance of Christians showing godly behavior in the midst of their persecution. The eyes of the world were upon them. Their persecutors needed to see that there was something different about these people. They certainly didn't want to give their persecutors justifiable cause for what they were doing. Peter encourages them to follow in the steps of the Lord, to live above reproach, as He did, and to be willing to suffer for righteousness sake (vv. 14, 15). In (vs. 16), he said, Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
As we look at (vv. 18-22), Peter discusses three things about Jesus:
I. His Suffering
II. His Message
III. His Victory
I. HIS SUFFERING (VS 18)
A. The Just One
1. Jesus is the Holy, Righteous One—the
Just One—the Sinless Savior—One whose life is above reproach. According to I Peter 1:22, He is One "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth." In Hebrews 7:26, it says, For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens" (Hebrews 7:26).
a. Jesus was crucified between two thieves. As
they were dying, one began to rail on Him and accuse Him; however, the other one knew in his heart Jesus was the Son of God. He turned to the other thief and said, "For we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss (Luke 23:41). In Acts 3:14, Peter said to the Jews, But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be ...
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