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THE BOOK OF I PETER
I Peter 3:8-17
Wednesday, March 20, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we looked at (vv. 1-7), as Peter continued with the subject of submission. The importance of submission is carried over from the last part of chapter two, where he talks about submitting to human government, submitting to our masters (employers, leaders—those in authority), and finally, in (3:1-7), he discusses the wife's subjection to her husband: "Likewise ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands...."
This evening we will pick up our study with (vs.8), as Peter summarizes his discussion on submission, and then gives us some important guidelines on Christian behavior. Three things:
I. The Unity of the Brethren
II. The Eyes of the Lord
III. The Behavior of the Saints
I. THE UNITY OF THE BRETHREN
Please notice the very first part of (vs. 8a), "Finally, be ye all of one mind...." To be of one mind speaks of unity. In Psalm 133:1, David said, Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
QUOTE: An early 19th century preacher once said, "Let the unity of Christians be our polar star. To this let our eyes be continually turned; and to this let our united efforts be directed--that the world may believe, and be saved."
According to our passage in I Peter 3, several things will take place when believers are unified and are of "one mind."
A. We will manifest love and compassion (vs. 8)
1. In the first seven verses, Peter addresses
Christian marriage—we are to live together in such a way that our prayers are "not hindered" (vs. 7). Let me just say, love and compassion will go a long way in sustaining a healthy marriage. Remember the song, Love and marriage, Love and marriage, Go together Like a horse and carriage. This I tell you brother; You can't have one without the other."
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