If you should suffer for doing what is right and good, don’t let that discourage you! You’re in good company (v. 18) and you’ve already been saved through Christ in baptism.

If you should suffer for doing what is right and good, don’t let that discourage you! You’re in good company (v. 18) and you’ve already been saved through Christ in baptism.

BibleGateway: 1 Peter 3:13-22

ESV Text: 1 Peter 3:13-22

1 Peter 3:13–22 (Listen)

13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered1 once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which2 he went and proclaimed3 to the spirits in prison, 20 because4 they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

Footnotes

[1] 3:18 Some manuscripts died

[2] 3:19 Or the Spirit, in whom

[3] 3:19 Or preached

[4] 3:20 Or when

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:38 and ends at about 3:15

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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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 259 :
Flung to the Heedless Winds

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1. Flung to the heedless winds 
Or on the waters cast, 
The martyrs’ ashes, watched, 
Shall gathered be at last. 
And from that scattered dust, 
Around us and abroad, 
Shall spring a plenteous seed 
Of witnesses for God. 

2. The Father hath received 
Their latest living breath, 
And vain is Satan’s boast 
Of vict’ry in their death. 
Still, still, though dead, they speak, 
And, trumpet-tongued, proclaim 
To many a wakening land 
The one availing Name. 


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