April 23, 2018
I love the writings of the Apostle Peter! If ever there was a testimony of a changed life in Christ Jesus, it is this man right here. Once considered gruff, impetuous and self-centered, we see him after Pentecost and the baptism of the Holy Ghost: meek, humble, full of wisdom and, most of all, the true love of the Lord!
And these attributes of God's Holy Spirit are never more manifest in Peter than they are here in his first epistle- in chapter 3- as he gently guides and encourages us in our treatment of one another in the Body of Christ. In chapter 2, he exhorts us to demonstrate love to those around us in the world, even in the midst of persecution. But in chapter 3, his focus turns towards the Church, and the heart of the flock- the family. His words may seem quite foreign to us living 21 centuries later, but I would say they are especially applicable for today.
Just as the Apostle Paul offered such words of wisdom to husbands and wives in Ephesians 5, so Peter echoes those same sentiments here in chapter 3. As we are called to minister to the needs of our brothers and sisters, so we are called to minister to the needs of our spouse. Yes, marriage is a ministry! "Likewise ye wives; likewise ye husbands". When our actions towards our spouse are grounded in genuine humility, meekness and compassion, we too become a living witness to the entire Church, and a fulfillment of Christ's commandment: love your neighbor as yourself.
Peter instruts wives and husbands concerning their duty to each other
1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
He exhorts all men to unity and brotherly love
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 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 do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 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.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
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David is an Assistant Pastor at The Master's House.
Great blog! As we walk with Jesus, He continues to encourage us to walk as a team with our spouses with love and respect and to continue it on with our brothers and sisters. God always wants us to be united! It is so much easier walking together than apart.
Beautiful words Bro David. I love the writings of Peter also. In many ways we can all identify with Peters walk before and after Jesus. I think of my own walk and the extreme changes that have brought me to where I am today. Thank you Jesus.
It is amazingly true, brother David. It is genuinely a paradigm change, at totally different view of your life as you know it when you realize it is your responsibility (and privilege) to minister to your immediate family. I distinctly remember when that revelation came to me in the late 1980’s. I can truly say when I began to “minister” (which has many facets, of course) to my wife and children things began to happen. Good things! Not only to my family, but to all those about us. Most of all it changed me and helped me grow in the GRACE of the Lord.
Beautiful words Bro. Corbitt. Good reminder of the significance of our marriages to more than just the two of us.