1 Peter 3:1-12 Exercise Submission Power

                                    EXERCISE SUBMISSION POWER
                        1 Peter 3:1-12                                    April 1 2007
 
            In the last part of chapter 2, Peter had addressed
            every believer as inhabitant of the Roman Empire
            (1Pet.2:13-17). He instructed believers to subject
            themselves to the authority of the state. Then he
            addressed Christians who were slaves (1Pet.
            2:18-25), telling them to submit voluntarily to
            their masters. Clearly the people to whom Peter
            was writing were powerless and subject to
            abuse by those in power. Next , in these early
            verses from chapter 3, the apostle turned to
            another weak and vulnerable group, wives of
            unbelievers.
 
            1. Power To Convince
 
1Pet. 3:1   Wives, in the same way be submissive to
your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe
the word, they may be won over without words by
the behavior of their wives, 3:2   when they see the
purity and reverence of your lives. 3:3   Your beauty
should not come from outward adornment, such as
braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and
fine clothes. 3:4   Instead, it should be that of your
inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet
spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 3:5 
For this is the way the holy women of the past who
put their hope in God used to make themselves
beautiful. They were submissive to their own
husbands, 3:6   like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham
and called him her master. You are her daughters
if you do what is right and do not give way to
fear.
 
            Instructions to wives (1Pet.3:1-6) , (Ge 3:16;
            1Co 11:3; Eph 5:22-24; Col 3:18; 1Ti 2:9-10;
            Tit 2:5).In the same way(1Pet.3:1). As
            believers are to submit to government
            authorities (1 Pet.2:13-17), and as slaves
            are to submit to masters (1 Pet.2:18-25).
            Be Submissive. The same Greek verb as is
            used in (1 Pet.2:13,18), a term that calls
            for submission to a recognized authority.
            Inferiority is not implied by this passage.
            The submission is one of role or function
            necessary for the orderly operation of the
            home. The Word. The gospel message.
            Without Words. Believing wives are not
            to rely on argumentation to win their
            unbelieving husbands, but on the quality
            of their lives.
             Purity and reverence. Their lives are to be
            marked by a moral purity that springs
            from reverence toward God. Hair. . .
            Jewelry. Extreme coiffures and gaudy
            exhibits of jewelry. Christian women
            should not rely on such extremes of
            adornment for beauty. The Greek for
            this word simply means “garment,” but
            in this context expensive garments are
            meant. Holy women of the past. The
            standards stated by Peter are not limited
            to any particular time or culture. Her
            Master. An expression of the submission
            called for in (1Pet.1:1). Her daughters. . .
            Fear. Christian women become daughters
            of Sarah as they become like her in doing
            good and in not fearing any potential
            disaster, but trusting in God ( Pr 3:25-27).
 
            2. Power of Honor
 
1Pet. 3:7   Husbands, in the same way be
considerate as you live with your wives, and
treat them with respect as the weaker partner
and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of
life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
 
            Weaker partner. Not a reference to moral
            stamina, strength of character or mental
            capacity, but most likely to sheer physical
            strength. Heirs with you of the gracious
            gift of Life. Women experience the saving
            grace of God on equal terms with men
            (Gal 3:28). Hinder your prayers. Spiritual
            fellowship, with God and with one another,
            may be hindered by disregarding God’s
            instruction concerning husband-wife
            relationships.
 
 
            3. Power to Be Blessed
 
1Pet. 3:8   Finally, all of you, live in harmony
with one another; be sympathetic, love as
brothers, be compassionate and humble.
 3:9   Do not repay evil with evil or insult
with insult, but with blessing, because to
this you were called so that you may
inherit a blessing. 3:10   For,             “Whoever
would love life and see good days must
keep his tongue from evil and his lips
from deceitful speech. 3:11   He must turn
from evil and do good; he must seek peace
and pursue it. 3:12   For the eyes of the
Lord are on the righteous and his ears are
attentive to their prayer, but the face of
the Lord is against those who do evil.”
 
 
             In (1Pet.2:11-17) Peter addressed all
            his readers(1Pet.3:8-12), and in (1Pet.
            2:18-25) he spoke directly to slaves; in
            (1Pet.3:1-6) he addressed wives, and in
            (1Pet.3:7) husbands. Now he encourages
            all his readers to develop virtues
            appropriate in their relations with others
            ( “all of you,” 1Pet.3: 8). Live in Harmony.
            (Ro 12:16; Php 2:2. Be Sympathetic. (Ro
            12:15; 1Co 12:26. Love as Brothers. (1Th
            4:9-10; Heb 13:1). Be compassionate.
            (Col 3:12. Humble.  Php 2:6-8).
            (Ro 12:17-21). In (1 Pet.3:10-12) Peter
            introduces this quotation from Ps 34 with
            the explanatory conjunction “For,”
            showing that he views the quotation as
            giving reasons for obeying the exhortation
            of (1 Pet.3: 9). According to the psalmist,
            (1) the one who does such things will find
            life to be most gratifying (1 Pet 3:10), (2)
            his days will be good (1 Pet. 3:10), (3) God’s
            eyes will ever be on him to bless him
            (1 Pet.3:12), and (4) God’s ears will be
            ready to hear his prayer (1 Pet3:12).
 
            Summary:
 
                        In (1 Peter 2:13-3:6), Peter had discussed
            submission of believers in positions of
            weakness and vulnerability in relation to those
            in positions of power. Later he would return to
            the subject (1pet. 5:5-7). As this point , though ,
            he concluded his words about submission by
            turning to its meaning for the church as
            members relate to one another.
                        Our culture deeply resents notion of
            submission , but the New Testament clearly
            teaches submission as characteristic
            Christian attitude. Submissiveness reflects
            for others, concern for the spiritual, and
            trust in God.

God Bless My Friend
Robert G O’Haver
deacon@ohaver.net