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1 Peter 3:15 Thoughts

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by WingedVictory, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible collection.

    "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..."

    I interpret this as the writer's warning to believers that not everyone will agree or see their POV. The writer wants believers to not be afraid to interact with someone who disagrees, but to give an answer to those who question them.

    What do you think about this verse, and do you think enough is done by Christians in general to prepare them for what this verse commands of them?
  2. #2 aha, Nov 10, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2013
    I think it shows the writer believes there is moral objective: that is: universally accepted thus: “Who will harm you”?

    But even if there so those who see moral is relative, nevertheless: never be afraid.
    “with meekness and fear; having a good conscience” : it is role model as Christians….

    But I thought you are objectivist on seeking the truth: look at the argument: not on how it was said.

    1 Peter 3
    Suffering for Right and Wrong
    13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”[c] 15 But sanctify the Lord God[d] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

    Christ’s Suffering and Ours
    18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[e] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[f] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
  3. The context of the verse is the suffering of believers (verse 14). We tend to use the verse in a general apologetics sense, which I have no problem with. But it is primarily about Christians suffering for their faith in jesus (...a thing quite common today in many parts of the world). They continue to retain their hope - not that things will come out OK for them in this world, but that their eternal hope is secure.

    The first phrase in the verse is also very important. I think only those who have submitted their lives to Jesus as Lord can have this hope in them.
  4. Hi

    The ''hope'' for Christians is Jesus in us Col 1:27. Hence 1 Peter 3:15 is saying we need to be ready to share our testimony.

    I think the verse you looking for is Jude 1:3-4 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

    We take this with Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 1 Cor 5:12-13 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person. 2 Tim 2:23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.

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