The 1st  Epistle of Peter

Chapter 3

     1st Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

     I’m going to tread lightly here, no need to deliberately alienate women and wives, but it has to be explained as it truly is written here. I’m not going to be politically or socially correct. What does the word subjection mean?

     Subjection_NT:5293 hupotasso (hoop-ot-as'-so); from NT:5259 and NT:5021; to subordinate; reflexively, to obey:

     Plain and simple, it means that wives are to obey their husbands. Reference is given to a couple of other verses in other books that offer examples of the meaning:

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 11:8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. KJV

     But the woman for the man. In Genesis, she is called a help meet.

     Ref: Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. KJV

     And also in 1st Timothy:

     Ref: 1st Timothy 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

     Ref: 1st Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

     Ref: 1st Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

     Ref: 1st Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. KJV

     I’m going to leave it at that.

     The word. In the gospel of John, verse1 uses this word with a capitol W, and the context of the verse clearly makes it known that it’s referencing our Lord, that Jesus Christ IS the Word. That much is clear.

     Continuing in Luke, the Greek word for Word is logos:

     Word_NT:3056 logos (log'-os); from NT:3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ):

     In 1st Peter, it’s also logos, but here we’re talking about the Book and not the person, where the Bible is called the Word, where it involves a belief or understanding in the Word or the Scriptures.

     Be won by the conversation of the wives. In a case where the husband isn’t a believer, he may become one by having conversations with his wife, who IS a believer. How the wife acts could change the way the husband thinks about the Scriptures and through the Holy Spirit, his mind may be opened to the possibility of understanding.

     1st Peter 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

     Chaste would be pure, without any cursing or misleading words or implications or misinterpretations.

     Coupled with fear. Fear is better stated as reverence, as opposed to having a conversation with a noisy, worldly woman.

     1st Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

     The braiding of a woman’s hair, wearing jewelry extensively and wearing clothing that might entice a man to look at her with lust rising in his heart.

     I’m going to go off on a tangent here. It has always irritated me to see a woman walking down the street or in a Mall, maybe, wearing short-shorts that actually disappear in places where the sun don’t shine.

     Most often they have a well-formed derriere and are obviously showing it off and when a guy stops to take a closer second look, they want to call a cop and have the guy charged with some sex violation.

     Often times, they are wearing (or not wearing) a top that leaves nothing to the imagination. Same thing happens to the same guy.

     For heaven’s sake! They’re obviously showing off a well shaped figure with the intention of being noticed and when they get noticed they want to call a cop. And, of course, it’s the same old argument after that:

     “A woman has a right to wear whatever she wants to wear.”

     I get that. But why call a cop when some guy takes a second look? Back in the 1920’s and ‘30’s, if a woman wore tight fitting clothing and a guy whistled at her, probably, she would smile and appreciate the wolf whistle. It worked well that way.

     But the way that women dress today….and then they wonder why somebody drags them off into an alley and rapes them. Most guys can hold themselves together when looking at a scantily clad woman walking around, some guys can’t.

     My thoughts are: if you don’t want to take a chance on being raped and murdered, stop dressing that way. Whether the law allows it or not. Think about your own safety. Show your body off to your husband, behind closed doors, not to every Tom, Dick and Harry shopping at a local mall.

     I’m through, enough said.

     Dressing like this was an outward sign of a harlot in the Old Testament, it was her way of advertising. If a wife dresses in a similar manner today it sends a clear message to the husband that her intentions are not to sit at home and read the Bible.

     1st Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

     The hidden man means the inward part of a man, what he truly is made of inside, what kind of heart he has. The wife should dress modestly, without flashy ornaments and tinkling bells, showing her husband what’s in her heart, her soul, that she’s not of the world.

     A worldly-dressed wife is not going to get her husband to sit down and study the Scriptures.

     1st Peter 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

     The wife, dressing modestly and with a quiet spirit, will demonstrate to her husband that she loves and trusts him, and when treating him as her help-meet, will make for a good and caring relationship. That’s how wives/women dressed in old time, in the Old Testament.

     1st Peter 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

     Referring to Sara, she dressed and acted accordingly, giving Abraham the respect and devotion that he deserved because he treated her with due respect and love in return, not being alarmed by sudden outbursts of anger from Abraham.

     There is a beautiful example of the relationship between Abraham and Sara in Genesis 18:12:

     Ref: Genesis 18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? KJV

     Father had just informed these two that Sara would be having a baby and she laughed at the prospect, seeing that she was well into her 60’s and Abraham well into his 90’s, but she wondered within herself if she was still attractive enough, at her present age, to turn ‘ole Abraham on enough to have a personal encounter in the bedroom.

     Even at that age, two people don’t have to look like movie stars to get personal with each other, it’s the relationship between the two that makes it possible.

     The point is that Sara still referred to Abraham as Lord, indicating her submission to him, but they lived on equal ground.

     1st Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

     Here we are told how the husband should treat his wife, giving her honor and respect, partly because they are the weaker of the two. And they are both heirs together, not just one or the other. This is what pleases our Father and He will hear their prayers.

     1st Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

     Be agreeable, one towards the other, having sympathy and love, and courtesy. Sometimes, if you talk to your significant other as though they were an acquaintance and not someone who is a burr under your saddle most of the time, politeness and courtesy will come naturally.

     Most of the time, the other person will respond in like manner, thus opening the door to more friendly communications.

     Father doesn’t want one person to be over the other but there are times when one, the male, must stand up and take control, usually in dire situations where the welfare of both may be in jeopardy. There are times when it’s not possible to talk things through or have a discussion. Some decisions have to be made promptly.

     1st Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

     Evil. She broke something in anger, now he breaks several things.

     Railing. She called him a few names, now he calls her many more and worse.

     “Do you kiss your Momma with that mouth?”

     Don’t do that to each other. Calm down, be civil, and our Father will bless you for it.

     1st Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

     If you want to live a good life with someone and spend good days together, put a clamp on your tongue. Both of you.

     Here’s what the Proverbs says about a woman with a bad temper:

     Ref: Proverbs 21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house. KJV

     It’s better to live in a corner in the attic, away from her, than downstairs with a lot of room and with her.

     1st Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

     Don’t create a lot of ill-will between each other. Try to keep the peace. Life is a lot better that way.

     Eschew means to shun or avoid evil. That includes selling your prescription medication on the street, hanging out in bars and going to rave parties.

     1st Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

     Father sees what we do, He watches us and He listens to what we say to other people and if what He hears and sees is acceptable to Him He will continue to watch over us.

     But, start living the way the world wants you to live and see how quickly He turns away from you. There are no blessings coming to those that do things contrary to His ways.

     1st Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

     Harm you spiritually. Going to a church that teaches the rapture theory and the any-moment doctrine will harm you spiritually.

      Stay out of the bad parts of town, those parts where you go to get a nickel or dime bag of weed. Somebody might just want the rest of your money and you end up bleeding to death on the sidewalk.

     If you try to do that which is good, Father will watch over you. And the angels will do the same, at His direction. There are a lot of things going on in that dimension that we cannot see. We look around at the things of this world and, generally, that’s all that concerns us.

     Hardly anybody gives a thought to the unseen. Father gives us an example of what’s happening in the world that we cannot see when Elisha prayed that He would give his servant hope that they would come out of that battle in one piece, in 2nd Kings 6:8-23. I'm only going to include two of those verses here:

     Ref: 2nd Kings 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.


     Ref: 2nd Kings 6: 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. KJV

     Were we to be able to see the spiritual around us every day we would be astonished.

     1st Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

     Somebody at work discovers that you’re a Christian and they poke fun at you or ridicule your beliefs, ignore them, they can’t hurt you. Or you’re out with a church group, trying to spread the Word, and they slam the door in your face or mock you, ignore them, they can’t hurt the things that you have built up in heaven.

     1st Peter 3:15 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:

     If you are a Christian and people ask you why you believe the way that you do, maybe because you’re always upbeat and have a good attitude all the time, what are you going to say to them? That Jesus saves? That Jesus loves them?

     You’ve got to do better than that, which means that you need to take the time and read the Book and find out exactly why you believe the way that you do, don’t just say that Jesus loves you. That’s pitiful. If you claim to be a Christian, do your homework. Don’t just recite a few verses that they told you to say at the church, before you climbed into the cars and went out to knock on people’s doors.

     If you can’t TELL someone why you believe what you believe, how can the Father use you?

     So, if an opportunity presents itself, to where you can lead someone to the truth of our Father's Word, then educate yourself before those opportunities manifest themselves. Read, study and be prepared.

     1st Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

     If you claim to be a Christian, people are going to talk about you behind your back, especially at work. So, you had better act and speak as a Christian would, don’t tell dirty jokes or laugh at ones told by others. If people see that you enjoy that sort of thing, your claim to be a Christian goes right down the tube. Unbelievers will look for any opportunity to put you down, mainly because they’re afraid that what you believe just might be the truth.

     And if they begin to believe the things that you do, they might have to change the way they live and they don’t want to do that. They’re satisfied living their lives as they are.

     If you are able to answer their questions concerning Christianity, the Bible or the Father, you might just be able to plant a seed and then the Holy Spirit will work with them, if they allow it.

     1st Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

     If you think that you’re doing the will of our Father then let them talk and say whatever they want. Don’t change your mind and go out and have a drink with them after work some Friday afternoon. Stick to your beliefs, some will respect you for doing so.

     1st Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

     In the flesh and blood body, Christ received a lot of physical pain before He died. And just because He was the Son of our Father, the physical pain wasn’t lessened one bit. That pain hurt Him just as much as it hurts us, if we were to experience it.

     Christ didn’t die to save the righteous, He did it to save the sinner. And after His physical death, His spirit was quickened, it was made alive, He was now pure again.

     No matter how you live your life, or how rich you might be, you’re always going to have trouble, problems, disappointment.

     These ads they show on TV, about the old retired people being so happy and secure because THEY invested their money wisely and now they will outlive their money, they have more than they can spend, and just look at how happy they are. Not a care in the world.

     Bull manure. It’s a scam to separate you from your money. True, if you invest wisely you may have more money than you can spend during your retirement but statistics say that 8 out of 10 working people in this country, live from one paycheck to another.

     How much do you think that they contributed to their retirement? What retirement? Social security will be their retirement. And that is slightly above the poverty level, which places them just out of reach of applying for federal programs that might bring in a few extra dollars each month or maybe food stamps.

     1st Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

     Who are these spirits in prison? They are the 7000 fallen angels, kept in chains for destruction. Did Christ go there and preach salvation to them? Nope. They’ve already been condemned to die in the lake of fire, as will Satan.

     He went there to proclaim HIS victory over death, which is the Devil.

     Ref: Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; KJV

     He went to proclaim, to shout, to declare that through His death on the cross, ALL His children now have a way of defeating sin and going into the eternity with Him. Satan had no hold on them any more.

     1st Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

     The purpose of the flood, for which Noah built the ark to survive, was to destroy these hybrids produced by the copulation of the fallen angels with the daughters of Adam. The second attempt by Satan to destroy the lineage through which the Savior would come.

     And still some of these hybrids survived because of the words and also after that:

     Ref: Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. KJV

     And we read of them again in Numbers:

     Ref: Numbers 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. KJV

     Father had brought Israel right up to the edge of the promised land and each of the twelve Tribes took one person, twelve in all, and sent them over the mountain and into that land of promised milk and honey, to search it out, and what they saw scared them to death.

     When they returned to the others, they reported giants walking around, so big that they made them feel as small as grasshoppers. And even though Father assured them that they would be successful when they went to war to destroy them, they still didn’t believe it.

     1st Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

     The water that raised the Ark might have saved Noah and his family but it did nothing to eradicate sin, evidenced by the words…not the putting away of the filth of the flesh…because what is the filth of the flesh? Sin. Water does not take away sin.

     Baptism is the symbolic spiritual cleansing of the soul. It’s the resurrection of Jesus Christ that removes sin, on repentance through Him.

     1st Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. KJV

     Where is our Lord at this very moment? Sitting at the right hand of our Father and angels and authorities and US are put into subjection to Him.

     Alright, that's chapter three. Let me ask you something...have you ever wondered why He sits on the right hand of the Father? Or why the first part of the word righteous is right? Why did He say to fish out of the right side of the boat? Or when they looked into the sepulcher, after His resurrection, there was an angel sitting on the right side of the tomb?

     Or when Zacharias was praying in the temple there appeared an angel of the Lord on the right side of the altar? Or why did Peter cut off the right ear of the servant?

     What about the religious right of today? In politics, why is the right conservative and the left socialists?

     Hmmm. There’s your answer. It began all the way back then.

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