13 November 2015
by Philip Layton


Some teaching for living holy lives

Click here to read 1 Peter 3

Discussion Questions

  • What do you think Peter meant when talking about ‘giving way to fear’ (vv 1-6)?
  • How is it possible to be like-minded (v 8)? Are you prepared (v 15)?
  • What is baptism (v 21)?

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Going Deeper From 'Words of Life'

‘You are not to adorn yourselves on the outside . . . but inside, in the heart, with the immortal beauty of a gentle, modest spirit, which in the sight of God is of rare value’ (vv. 3-4, JMT)

These verses, concerned with the relationship between husband and wife, have a much wider application; for here is guidance about the attitude of the Christian to the unconverted, particularly unconverted relatives.

In the ancient world, a man owned his wife in much the same way as he possessed his cattle and plough. If he changed his religion, then automatically his family changed theirs. But for a wife independently to change her religion was unheard of, hence the plight of the converted housewife whose husband did not share her faith. 

Peter advises that such a woman’s first responsibility is to be a good wife. She should e characterised by submissiveness (‘voluntary selflessness’), purity and ‘reverent behaviour’, resulting in what Dr William Barclay finely calls the ‘silent preaching of a lovely life’.

Likewise, the husband has obligations. He should be understanding, gentle and look upon his partner as a spiritual fellow-heir. Anything less will mean that his prayers are hindered (v. 7), for nothing stands between a man and his prayers more than broken or strained relationships. It is impossible, for instance, for a man to be a good Christian and a bad or difficult husband.

To ponder

‘The secret of a happy marriage lies first in loving one another a lot, but even more in loving many things together’

Frances Wilkinson

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