Epistle of First Peter Chapter Three. The role of the wife in a marriage can be very powerful for good or bad. The apostle Peter emphasizes that a godly wife and her submission to her husband is not one of becoming less than her husband, but less of herself.
I. The Exhortation To Be Submissive Wives - vs.1
Note: Obedience Requires Perspective - vs.22 ...Seeing...
Note: Obedience Requires Persuasion - vs.22 ...the Holy Spirit.
II. The Effect Of A Submissive Wife - vs.1c,2
III. The Evidence Of A Submissive Wife - vs.3-4
IV. The Example Of A Submissive Wife - vs. 5,6
Adam was in need of a help-meet. He could have functioned without her. He was already an accomplished man by virtue of God's creative work. But God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone (Genesis.2:18). Before the woman was made, Adam was one person. After the woman was made, Adam remained one person with two bodies. It is the neglect of this doctrine of oneness by either ignoring it or ignorance of it that explains why marriages are a failure for the most part.
I. The Husband Is To Be Thoughtful Of His Wife- vs.7a
Note: Gift Her With Submission - Eph. 5:21
Note: Gift Her With Support - Eph. 5:25
Note: Gift Her With Supplication/Prayers
II. The Husband Is To Be Thankful For His Wife- vs.7c-e
All of the above is a summary outline of Peter's concern for the husband's responsibility to God for his wife . The godly husband is concerned for the spiritual growth of his wife and her desire to glorify God.
Epistle of First Peter Three... Continued...
Sometimes, our lives will experience, even require a major disruption in order to fix our attention firmly on the Lord. Never disregard those moments when suffering has become painfully obvious as an obstacle. They are tools in the hand of our Master. Though sometimes painful, these times can become our most life-altering moments, depending on how we respond. As we continue through the remainder of chapter three, we find a challenge to answer the call in a number of ways.
I. The Call To Unity In Suffering - vs.8-9
II. The Call To Importunity When Suffering - vs.10-11
Note: Negatively - 10c-11a
Note: Positively - vs.11b-d
III. The Call To Opportunity In Suffering - vs.12-22
Note: The Vice of Suffering - vs.18 ...For Christ also hath once suffered...
The Victory of The Sovereign - vs.19,20 ...he went and preached unto the spirits...
2. The Exclamation Of Christ - vs.21-22
Note: The Picture Of Salvation - vs.21a,b
a. What It Is Not - 21a ...not putting away of the filth of the flesh...
b. What It Did - 21b ....a good conscience toward God...
Note: The Proof of Salvation - vs.21c ...resurrection of Christ...
Note: The Person Of Salvation - vs.22 Jesus Christ.
More than anything or anyone, we need the assurance that God's Word IS absolute. The Bible alone is our assurance that God is in control and accessible (Hebrews 4:16). No Christian is alone in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23) Thank God for the B.I.B.L.E. !
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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