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1 Peter 3:1-7

1 Peter 3:1-7

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I. What is the appropriate behavior of wives and husbands whose status has been changed by the Triune God?

1. Apostle Peter’s two simple suggestions for each:

(a) Wives: submission and godly behavior (3:1-4)
(b) Husbands: knowledge of God’s will with regard to their wives and respectful treatment of them (3:7)

II. Wives: submission

1. Verses 1-6 present a scenario in which the wife is a follower of Jesus Christ and husband is not

2. Apostle Peter exhorts that wives’ changed-spiritual-status as sojourners must not bring conflict with her husband but it must become a missional moment (verse 1-2)

3. This passage teaches how the believing wives may potentially win their husbands to the Christian faith

4. The phrase “in the same way” applies to both wives and husbands (cf. 2:21-25)

(a) Apostle Peter call upon wives to live out the model of Jesus before their husbands. Check the phrase “in the same way”—a Gospel-centered role of a wife (cf. 1 Peter 2:21-25)

(a1) Submission is not inequality OR slavery OR inferiority OR becoming lesser beings

(a2) Submission of wives to husbands is grounded in theology
– It subscribes to God’s creative design (cf. Genesis 2:18-24)
– It mirrors the church’s submission to Christ (cf. Ephesians 5:23)
– It is the model of the Son (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:28)
– According to Apostle Peter, wife does not submit in order to satisfy her husband’s vanity or to promote his reputation; neither does she submit to show how godly she is, nor to avoid conflict, nor to manipulate their husbands

(a3) She submits because of her relationship with God

III. Wives: godly lifestyle (lifestyle over words) (3:2)

1. Pure and reverent conduct (3:2)

(a) Not with external beauty but the inner person (3:3)
(b) With gentle and tranquil spirit (3:4)
(c) It cannot be manufactured or forced upon

2. It flows out of one’s relationship with God

IV. Husbands: know the will of God with regard to their wives and respect them (3:7)

1. A husband who is knowledgeable about God’s plan concerning his spouse shows “respect” [honor, reverence, esteem, . . .] for his wife

2. The reason for such respect is that women are heirs with men of the gracious gift of life [In Christianity, men and women complement each other]

3. Men must honor because they share the same destiny—an eternal inheritance in God’s kingdom

V. Christian husbands who ignore such a command and dishonor their wives will find that their prayers are hindered

1. Husbands cannot offer proper prayer if they do not have proper relationship with their wives

2. Husband’s relationship with God is one way or other dependent on his relationship with his wife

3. In other words, God will refuse to answer the prayers of the abusive disrespectful Christian husbands

VI. Take Away

Subscribe to God’s design of your relationship with your spouse

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org