Always Ready      1 Peter 3:13-22 HCSB     Oct. 09, 2016

 

Introduction

Can we always be ready?  Yes! And we should practice so we will not be taken off guard.  Our text tells we should always be ready to share with those who asks us for a testimony of the hope we have in Christ.  To be silent about our relationship with Christ is worse than grandparents not talking about their grandchildren.  Now that is hard to imagine isn’t it?  If you are nor a trained witness you need to suggest to your pastor that your church has a witnessing class and you get in it. We need to get ready if we are nor presently so qualified because our text says we are Always Ready!

 

1.    Always Ready to . . Defend.   3:13-17

A.   Ready to Defend with A . . Defense of the Gospel.    3:13-15

13 And who will harm you if you are passionate for what is good?

14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear

or be disturbed,

15 but set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to anyone

who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

 

B.    Ready to Defend when Your Defense is . . Denounced.   3:14-15

16 However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you

are accused, those who denounce your Christian life will 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.

 

This verse makes it clear that all of us who know the Lord have a hope in us that we can tell to others.

Many have no idea of what Christ has done for us unless we tell them.  In addition we know the Holy Spirit

will inspire us to give such a testimony.   Some will try to put us down and denounce our testimony but the fact is even if the denounce our boasting of Jesus the can not get away from it and the Holy Spirit will remind them often and perhaps another Christians testimony will be used further by the Lord and they will get saved.

 

2.    Always Ready    to . . Describe Christ’s Work.   3:18-20a               

A.   Ready to Describe the Victory of Christ’s . . Suffering.    3:18

18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring youto God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.

 

B.    Ready to Describe the victory of Christ’s  . . Suffering to the spirits in Prison.    3:18

19 In that state He also went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison

20a  who in the past were disobedient, when God patiently waited in the days of Noah while an ark was

being prepared;. . .”

 

Although these verse get many interpretation, I like these remarks.  “Jesus made proclamation to the spirits

now in prison. Some understand this to mean that Christ, between His death and resurrection, descended

into Hades and offered to those who lived before Noah (v. 20) a second chance for salvation. But this

doctrine is without scriptural support. Others say that it was simply an announcement of His victory over

sin to those in Hades without offering a second chance. Most likely this is a reference to the

preincarnate Christ's preaching through Noah to those who, because they rejected that message, are now

spirits in prison.”

 

 

 

 


3.    Always Ready to . . Display Your Faith.   3:20b-22

A.   Display your Faith Without . . Making Errors.    3:20b-21

20b “. . .  in it, a few—that is, eight people—were saved through water.

21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but

the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

B.    Display your Faith by . . Magnifying the Position of Christ.    3:22

22 Now that He has gone into heaven, He is at God's right hand, with angels, authorities, and powers

subjected to Him.   HCSB

      These verses are misused by some who believe salvation is included in baptism.   I have read of some who take verse 20 as a proof text for baptism saving a person.  But this is speaking of people being save from water.  The Ark kept them safe from the water.  Their salvation came when they enter the Ark and the safe keeping God designed for them from the flood.  As baptism is talked about in verse 21 the text states they were saved from water and not the removal of the filth of the flesh.  If you are saved and then baptized

your salvation came through the mercy and grace of God and not your being baptized.  Therefore it can

be said about us we are Always Ready!  Amen?  Amen!