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Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Peter Chapter 3

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Peter
Date Penned: (62-64 AD)
Overview: Peter Encourages Suffering Christians (c 1-5)
Theme: The Conduct of God's People in the Midst of Suffering (c 3-4)
Message: Exampling Our Faith  (v 1-22)

1 Peter 3 Commentary

(3:1-6) Wives - In 2:11-25, Peter had explained that the believers needed to act in an exemplary manner before the unbelieving world. He told them to be subject to authority (2:13) and then described two areas of that authority: citizens to the government (2:13-17) and slaves to masters (2:18-20). In these verses he added wives to husbands (3:1-7). Anarchy results if there is no authority. As Christians, we should not rebel against authority, but work within the system and serve God.

(6:7) Husbands - In 3:1-6, Peter taught Christian women to submit to the husband’s authority, but the Christian husband must use his authority with consideration and respect for his wife. He must not be a tyrant, faithless, unloving, or impatient. Likewise, the wife should not be rebellious, subversive, or contradicting

(3:8-12) All Christians - Peter knew that the believers would soon face persecution. He reminded these believers that they would need unity, and love and support from one another. Peter also assured the believers that no matter what sufferings they might have to face, God would vindicate them and punish their enemies. Rather than fear our enemies, we are to quietly trust in God as the Lord of all.

(3:13-22) Suffering for the Doing Good - Up to this point in the letter, the theme of the persecution facing these young churches has been in the background. At this point, however, it becomes a prominent theme in this letter. After describing the attitudes and actions that should characterize God’s people (3:8-12), Peter began to explain how the believers should live in an evil world in the face of persecution.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Be Ready to Give an Answer

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of 1 Peter with Chapter 3 and today Peter gives many applications for Husband and wives, to staying away from evil. What catches my eye is how Peter tells us that we should be ready to give an account to man for the Hope of our faith. How about you? Are you ready to share your testimony? Let us learn from our text today and the words of Peter to be reminded on Godly principles for marriage, staying away from evil, and to always be ready to testify of our Hope and our Salvation to others that the Lord places in our path.


1 Peter 3

1 Peter 3

 1Likewise, 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;

 2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

 3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

 4But 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.

 5For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

 6Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

 7Likewise, 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.

 8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

 9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

 10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

 11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

 12For 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.

 13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

 14But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

 15But 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:

 16Having 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.

 17For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

 18For 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:

 19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

 20Which 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.

 21The 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:

 22Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.