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"Safely Through Water" -- 1 Peter 3:18-22

The Eighth in a Series of Sermons on 1 Peter

All of us have consciences which accuse us because we have all sinned against God and disobeyed his commandments.  And so whenever we suffer or are persecuted by those with power over us, there is a little voice within which says to us, “why, of course, you are suffering.”  “God is punishing you because you did this, or because you did that.”  To those first century Christians of the Diaspora undergoing difficult trials, and no doubt, wondering if God has abandoned them because of something they had done to displease him, Peter offers a wonderful word of encouragement, something which can silence the accusatory voice, as well as remind us of the promise that no matter what happens in this life, everything will turn out in the end just as God has promised.  God has given to us a suffering Savior, who has died for our sins.  And God has given us a tangible promise (the waters of baptism) that he will save his people–his elect exiles–on the day of judgment.

We are continuing our series on 1 Peter, and I am again reminded of the difficulties in not being able to preach through a book like 1 Peter in bigger chunks, or ideally, in one sermon.  Our text this time (vv. 18-22 of 1 Peter 3) is the conclusion to the preceding section (vv. 2:11-3:17).  The closing verses of chapter 3 are intended to remind those sufferers whom Peter has been addressing of the meaning of Christ’s suffering on behalf of his fellow sufferers.  Jesus’ perfect humility and suffering as the God-man took him to the cross.  His death saves us from our sins–even those sins we committed when we have responded to those who curse and revile us with curses and reviling of our own.  Our text speaks a word of pardon to all of us who have cursed and reviled our enemies, and who have sought to take vengeance into our own hands, and who have not properly submitted to those authorities mentioned by the Apostle.  In effect, Peter follows his series imperatives–“do this”–with a wonderful indicative–Jesus’ death covers our sins when we fail to comply with those imperatives which Peter has set forth.  And hearing the indicatives, in turn, gives us a desire to obey the imperatives.

In the previous section (vv. 8-17), Peter instructs Christians not curse and revile those who curse and revile us, but rather to return to them a word of blessing.  Christians are to do this because God hears the prayers of his oppressed people and promises that he will deliver us from those who have wronged his people.  Peter understands how difficult this is to do, which is why he offers a word of encouragement from Psalm 34, before reminding us that Jesus’ death removes the guilt of our sin and brings us to God.  In the section of Peter’s epistle we are covering (vv. 18-22), Peter describes the benefits we receive from Jesus’ humility and suffering.  Jesus dies for us and in our place, so that our sins are forgiven.  In imitating the humility of Jesus, Peter reminds us, Christians point their oppressors back to the sinless Savior in whom alone men and women may be saved, and so that Christians may receive better treatment from the hands of their oppressors.
In a letter such as this–one closely tied to specific historical circumstances–some background is important to enable us to understand why Peter addresses the issues he does, and so that we can draw proper application in our own circumstances.  Peter is writing to a group of persecuted Christians in Asia Minor.  Although they have been cast from their homes, and are now aliens in their own county, Peter reminds them that they are nevertheless elect exiles of God, a chosen race, and a royal priesthood.  The Apostle knows full-well that his readers are facing very difficult times.  Repeatedly, Peter exhorts these Christian sojourners to endure their trials patiently, and to wait for the Lord to deliver them.  Yet, Peter also reminds them that because they have been set apart by God (sanctified), and sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, they are heirs to a glorious heavenly inheritance which exceeds anything we can imagine.  Christians, Peter says, must keep this promise before our eyes, especially whenever God calls us to endure times of trial.  But this is the pattern of the Christian life.  The cross and the crown of thorns precedes the empty tomb and our glorious entrance into the presence of the Lord.

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This Week at Christ Reformed Church (March 28-April 3)

Sunday Morning, April 3:  We return to our series on the Book of Daniel.  We will consider Belshazzer's party and the mysterious handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5:1-12).  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We come to one of the most beloved sections of our catechism, Lord's Day 10 and the discussion of God's good providence (Q & A 27-28).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, March 30:  We are going verse by verse through 1 Thessalonians.  We working our way through chapter 3.  Our study begins at 7:30 p.m.

 For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Info), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).



Audio from Easter Week Services (Updated Again!)

Here's the audio from our Maundy Thursday service, focusing upon Jesus' celebration of the Passover with his disciples (Luke 22) as the fulfillment of Exodus 12: Maundy Thursday 

Here's the audio from our Good Friday service, focusing upon Jesus' death as the true Passover lamb (Exodus 12; 1 Peter 1:17-18): Good Friday

Here' the audio from this morning's Easter Sunday service, focusing upon Israel's deliverance from Pharaoh and the Red Sea (foreshadowing the resurrection of Jesus-Exodus14; Romans 6:1-11):  Easter Sunday


This Week's White Horse Inn

The Resurrection in the Old Testament (part 2)

On this program the hosts continue their series, celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord. The hosts continue to explore the doctrine of the resurrection throughout the Old Testament Scriptures in this episode.

What did the prophets say about the afterlife and the general resurrection of the dead? More importantly, what did they teach about the role of the coming messiah? Did they really predict that he would die for the sins of his people and rise again on the third day? Join us for this broadcast of the White Horse Inn answering these important questions and more as we continue our series The Resurrection.

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That's A Wrap! -- "In the Land of Nod" Lecture Series Completed

My lecture series on the Reformed doctrine of the "Two Kingdoms" is now complete.

You can find the entire series of lectures here:  In the Land of Nod -- Lectures on the Reformed Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms


Easter Week at Christ Reformed Church (March 21-27)

Maundy Thursday (7:30 p.m.) "The Blood Will Be a Sign for You" -- Exodus 12:1-14

Good Friday (7:30 p.m.) "When He Sees the Blood" -- Exodus 12:15-51

Easter Sunday (10:30 a.m.) "The Lord Saved Israel" -- Exodus 14:10-31


"All His Works Are Right and His Ways Are Just" -- Daniel 4:19-37

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the ninth in a series of Sermons on the Book of Daniel, Click Here


"The Most High Rules the Kingdom of Men" -- Daniel 4:1-19

Here's the audio from two Sundays ago, which was successfully recovered, Click Here


Friday Night Academy Audio -- Concluding Lecture

Here's the concluding lecture in my series "In the Land of Nod."

In this lecture we summarize the biblical data regarding A Christian's Responsibility within the Civil Kingdom


This Week's White Horse Inn

Resurrection in the Old Testament (Part 1)

On this program the hosts continue their series, celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord. The next two weeks we will look at the Old Testament and how it anticipates the resurrection of the Messiah. The hosts will begin an exploration of the Old Testament background of this doctrine of the resurrection.

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul says that Christ was raised on the third day “according to the Scriptures.” How did the ancient Jewish view of the afterlife differ from the views of their contemporaries? What do the Psalms and Wisdom literature teach about death and the hope of resurrection? Join us for this broadcast of the White Horse Inn as we continue our series The Resurrection, focusing on the very essence of the Christian hope.

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