1 Peter 3 Links

1 Peter 3 Bible Study Links…

Book… Books of Value for Church Libraries, by David R. Kenney.

Chapter 3… Video Numbers 7-10 deal with portions of 1 Peter 3, by Chuck Horner.

3:01-07… Less than Ideal Situations — Christians Can (must) Deal With!, by William Sexton.

3:03-04… Fashion Oddities and Public Worship, by Wayne Jackson.

3:04… 1 Peter 3:4–The Incorruptible Spirit, by Wayne Jackson.

3:05-07… The Role of Women, by Robert R. Taylor, Jr.

3:14-16… Sanctify Christ as Lord in Your Hearts, by Jon W. Quinn.

3:15… Be Ready to Answer, Alan E. Highers.

3:15… Jesus and the Hope of Heaven, by Jody L. Apple.

3:15… Blind Faith, by Dave Miller.

3:15… How to Be Ready to Give an Answer, by Jack Williams.

3:15-16… An Answer for the Hope, by Zeke Flores.

3:18-20… Did Jesus Go to Hell?  Did He Preach to Spirits in Prison?, by Dave Miller.

3:18-21… Is Baptism a Symbol?, by Dave Miller.

3:20-21… In the Days of Noah, by Jon W. Quinn.

3:20… God’s Longsuffering is not Eternal, by Eric Lyons.

3:21… Please Explain 1 Peter 3:21, by Wayne Jackson.

3:21… 1 Peter 3:21, by Hugo McCord.

3:21… A Study of Biblical Typology, by Wayne Jackson.

3:21… Baptism and the New Birth, by Dave Miller.

1 Peter 3 Handout

1 Peter 3 Puzzle



by Adam B. Cozort

Peter, in his writings, has a great deal to say concerning the joy inherent in Christianity and the reward for the faithful. In introducing his first epistle, he writes these words by inspiration: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Pet. 1:3-5).

Within the confines of this passage, Peter gives three definitive attributes of the inheritance which those who have been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ have available to them. The wondrous inheritance of Heaven promised by God to the faithful is given further beautification by the three attributes ascribed by Peter through inspiration.

First, our inheritance is incorruptible. The term “incorruptible” is defined as “imperishable” (Thayer), or “undecaying” (Strong’s). In our lives on this earth, everything runs down. Whether it be our bodies, our homes, or our other possessions, things begin to run down and fall apart over time. But such will not be the case in Heaven. A thousand years after we’ve arrived it will still be as beautiful as at the beginning. Such will not only be the case with Heaven, but with our own selves as well. Paul would write, “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51-52). So it will be in Heaven. There will be no decay, but all will remain as it was at the first.

Second, our inheritance is undefiled. To be undefiled is to be pure. There will be no imperfections in Heaven. Nobody and nothing will be in that heavenly realm which is not supposed to be. Rather, it will be a place only for those covered by the pure, perfect blood of Jesus Christ.

Third, our inheritance fadeth not away. There is no time limit in Heaven. It will not be such that at some point, Heaven will simply cease to exist. Instead, our inheritance shall stand for an eternity. Peter would conclude this book with a very similar statement, “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1 Pet. 5:4). Paul wrote, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (2 The. 4:17).

The beautiful nature of Heaven is easily seen through these words of Peter. It will not decay, it will be pure, and it will not end. May God bless us as we seek to prepare ourselves for that inheritance reserved for the faithful.

Be Ready to Answer

SOURCE: The Spiritual Sword, 10/2007

Be Ready to Answer

by Alan E. Highers

We are all familiar with the admonition of the apostle Peter: “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” (1 Peter 3:15).  There are three expressions in particular that we wish to emphasize from this verse: “ready,” “answer,” and “reason.”

First, one is to be “ready always,” i.e., prepared “invariably, at any and every time” (Vine, 43).

Second, one must be ready always “to give an answer.”  Answer is from apologia, the same word from which we get our English word apologetics, meaning a defense.  It is defined as “ready to make a defense to anyone” (Arndt-Gingrich, 96).  The same word is used in Acts 22:1, “hear ye my defense,” and Philippians 1:17, “I am set for the defense of the gospel.

Third, the manner in which we make a defense of the hope that is within us is by providing a “reason” to those who ask.  We do not merely make wild, belligerent claims, unsupported by evidence.  Neither do we rely on emotion, feeling, or passion.  The term, reason, in this text is from the Greek logos, indicating a word.  A word is a means of communication.  Jesus was “the Word” in the sense that He communicated Deity to the world (John 1:1-3).  Inspired men communicated “by the word of the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15).  We are to give a “reason” for the hope within us, suggesting that we should be able to communicate to others why we believe what we believe.  “This obligation implies sufficient acquaintance with the word of God to substantiate one’s hope therewith, and godliness of life consistent with its teaching” (Woods, 98).

Things Implied by this Obligation

1.  That a Christian’s hope is defensible.  The very admonition to be ready always to give a defense manifests that the faith can be defended.  We live in what is sometimes called a post-modern society.  Post-modernism disdains the idea that one can be “right” about anything and others be “wrong.”  The influence of this philosophy can be seen everywhere around us.  Unless the Christian is careful in this age of false toleration, we will begin to absorb the prevailing consensus of the world which says “everyone is right,” “whatever one believes is the truth for him,” “it does not make any difference what one believes.”  Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  He declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

2.  That there is such a thing as absolute truth.  We have a “reason” for what we believe.  We are able to appeal to the word of God as a ground for our hope.  “Hold fast the form of sound words” (2 Timothy 1:13), “holding fast the faithful word” (Titus 1:9).  God did not leave us without a standard, adrift on a sea of uncertainty.  “We have also a more sure word of prophecy … but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:19021).

3.  That we can understand the revelation God has given to us.  In order to “give an answer to every man that asketh,” we must be able to comprehend the message God has given to us.  “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).  God’s will is understandable.  Paul spoke of the revelation which was given unto him and said, “Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:4).  It is necessary for us to study that we may grow “in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).  We begin with the milk of the word (1 Peter 2:2), and we advance in knowledge so that we can digest the meat of the word (Hebrews 5:14).  The apostle Peter spoke of some things “hard to be understood,” but he did not say “impossible to be understood” (2 Peter 3:16).  With study, diligence, and a pure heart, we can grow in understanding and knowledge of the will of the Lord, so that we may give an “answer” to those who ask a “reason” for the hope that is in us.

4.  That a Christian should be able to defend what he believes.  To be able to “give an answer” is to be able to defend our convictions.  Paul said, “We also believe, and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).  Faith is not blind; it is based upon evidence.  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).  Every child of God should endeavor to know the basis of what he believes and to be able to communicate that to others.  This does not mean that one must be a public speaker or a professional scholar, but each one of us should feel comfortable to open the word of God and to point to the “book, chapter, and verse” that sustains our faith.  Elders in the church should “be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” (Titus 1:9).  Even a Christian couple such as Aquila and Priscilla could instruct Apollos, teaching him “the way of God more perfectly” (Acts 18:26).  Jude exhorted us to “contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).

5.  That there is a duty to teach others.  People will constantly ask a reason for the hope within us.  We should be ready always to give an answer.  Peter says we are to do this “with meekness and fear,” i.e., not in arrogance or pride, but out of genuine respect toward God and His word.  The apostle Paul stated that he taught publicly and from house to house (Acts 20:20).  In writing to Christians at Rome, where there was much persecution, he nevertheless stated: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).  In Acts 20:26-27, the apostle proclaimed: “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”  May every member of the body of Christ be pure from the blood of all men in that we deliver the counsel of God to all who come within our sphere of influence.

Arndt, William F. and Gringrich, F. Wilbur (2nd Ed., 1979), A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).

Vine, W.E., An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words (Iowa City: Riverside Book and Bible House).

Woods, Guy N. (1956), A Commentary on the New Testament Epistles of Peter, John, and Jude (Nashville: Gospel Advocate).

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Divine Relationships

Books Of Value For Church Libraries

Divine Relationships (Five Minute Gospel Messages from 1 Peter),
by Winford Claiborne

Reviewed by: David R. Kenney

Attending Freed-Hardeman University was a great blessing to my life for many reasons. Not only did I meet my Christian spouse there (which is sufficient reason for all Christian young people to attend a Christian college), but we also established relationships that will last for eternity. I attended a state university for my graduate degree, and the difference in environment between the Christian campus and secular
campus is striking. Not only can relationships be established between students, but also relationships can be established with professors who show such dedication to their students. One of the blessings my wife and I received was establishing a relationship with Winford Claiborne as our professor for General Epistles. We had the privilege of listening to his instruction on 1 Peter first hand. I remember his emphasis on 1 Peter being an epistle emphasizing divine relationships, so the title of this book is very appropriate. Brother Claiborne also served as Director of the Freed-Hardeman Bible Lectureship for several years.

The book contains 155 chapters that represent five-minute messages brother Claiborne delivered on the International Gospel Hour, the longest continuously produced radio broadcast program in the world.  Brother Claiborne became the main speaker for the program in 1995, replacing V. E. Howard. The chapters of the book follow the verses of 1 Peter for easy reference. The amount of information that can be expounded from 1 Peter is astonishing. The depth of the subject matter of 1 Peter was impressive in the classroom and just as impressive in this book. The book deals with great themes such as our relationship to Jesus, the Gentiles’ relationship to God in the church, our relationship to government, the relationship between husbands and wives, defending the faith, suffering as a Christian, relationship with worldly friends, and our relationship with our adversary the devil, to name a few subjects.

The chapters are brief, which allow for reading during brief intervals.  The chapters are very informative, including relating texts, word studies, moral applications, and thought provoking questions.

If you have an opportunity to tune into the International Gospel Hour then do so and encourage others to listen. International Gospel Hour also has a web site http://www.gospelhour.net that contains sermon texts and audio files of previous lessons. If you enjoy great “true to the Book” gospel preaching that is direct and plain, then you will not be disappointed.
–29 Flora Dr.,,Bedford, OH 44146-2011. DRKenney@email.com
For previous book reviews, visit http://www.streetsborochurch.org


I am in agreement with the reviewer of this book.  I have this volume in my library and have used it in radio preaching.

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