Living Without Fear 1 Peter 3:13-22 (HCSB) October 14-,2012
In Christ our fear is removed. Some may need to live the Christian life for a while to realize this but all of
us can Live Without Fear.
1. Living without Fear As You . . Righteously Focus on Your Blessings. 3:13-14
A. The Blessing of . . Commitment to Christ. v 13
13 And who will harm you if you are deeply committed to what is good?
B. The Blessing of . . Contentment in Christ. v 14
14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,
I do not know any Christian who goes around in fear. In the time of this text and several places of our world today some will gladly kill you. In those circumstances these Christian possess an inspiring testimony.
I believe the Christian Pastor who was held for 1,000 days simple because he converted to Christianity and would not recant will be brought over hear to speak. I will try to hear him. It would seem he really has a testimony all of us would be blessed in hearing. He is an example of contentment in Christ. He certainly focused on his blessings in Christ.
2. Living without Fear As You . . Readily Share Your Hope in Christ. 3:15-17
A. Readily Share Because of Our . . Reason to Share. v 15
15 but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
B. Readily Share With A . . Respect for Others. v 16-17
16 However, do this with
gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, so that when you
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.
Recently we had a speaker who made a point related to sharing about Christ by showing pictures of family members. He ask how many had taken a course in sharing pictures of family members. No one raised their hand and he made the point sharing pictures comes naturally. Because we love our children, grandchildren.and other family members we share about them naturally. He made the point that we need to be ready to share about Jesus because we love Him and are proud of what He has done for us. The text tells us to do this as we live for Christ and share a good example. We do not want to be accused of not practicing what we preach. We want to walk the walk and talk the talk. We certainly have a reason to share.
3. Living without Fear As You . . Rejoice in The Sacrifice Christ Made. 3:18-19
A. Rejoice in Sharing Because of the . . Righteousness of Christ. v 18
18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.
B. Rejoice in Sharing Because of the . . Revelation of Christ. v 19
19 In that state He also
went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison
Through the penalty for sin in the suffering of Christ we can be forgiven His work on the cross provides righteousness for us which we could never earn. Because this plan was provided by Christ He proclaimed it
to the spirits in prison. There ar several suggested interpretations of that in the teachers quarterly You need to ask your pastor to share his interpretation of that for you.
4. Living without Fear As You . . Remember the Resurrection of Christ. 3:20-22
A. Remembering the . . Resurrection and Symbol of the Ark. v 20-21
20 who in the past were
disobedient, when God patiently waited in the days of Noah while an ark
prepared. In it a few—that is, eight people—were saved through
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. Remembering the Heavenly . . Residence of Christ. v 22
22 Now that He has gone into heaven, He is at God’s right hand with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him.
Notice this does not say, “saved by water but through the water.” Baptism does not save anyone. It is an act of obedience by people who know they are already saved through their commitment to Christ. Now it does say being baptized does save related to a good conscience toward God. As a Christian you cannot refuse to be baptized and possess a clear conscience before God. He commanded us to be baptized. Verse 22 gives the picture of Christ in heaven with all of the powers of heaven and earth subject to Him. What a sight for us to behold in person someday as we will be Living Without Fear. Amen? Amen!