Main point summary
Christ Died and Rose Again to Bring Us to God
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also m suffered 1
"For" follows from v 17 and answers why it is better to suffer for doing good. Peter wants us to consider Christ and His suffering. I was so encouraged by Dr Piper to pause here and take time to consider this suffering.
ὅτι καὶ Χριστὸς ἅπαξ περὶ ἁμαρτιῶν ἔπαθεν, δίκαιος ὑπὲρ ἀδίκων, ἵνα ὑμᾶς προσαγάγῃ τῷ θεῷ θανατωθεὶς μὲν σαρκὶ ζῳοποιηθεὶς δὲ πνεύματι•
Once - never needing to be repeated. But ever needing to be reminded, to be recalled, to be looked at. There will be no end to seeing more and more of this one time, completed past action that continues to affect present and future lives!
this is a different use of "for" meaning "on behalf of" or "in the matter of"
this is Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. How He is righteous in and of Himself.
for the unrighteous,
this use of "for" again meaning"on behalf of". The unrighteous. Oh how we are unrighteous in and of ourselves.
o that he might bring us to God,
"that" meaning "for the purpose of" bringing us to God. How much more than just avoiding hell, being forgiven, being declared legally clear. Oh so much more to us coming to God. How simple a statement, how eternal and deep and wide the reality!
being put to death
Christ died, the One who gave life, would taste death
p in the flesh
so much to unpack here, but I will leave it here as Christ "earthly existence" ended
but made alive
But Christ, unlike all other earthly heroes that can only die once (e.g. Charles Dicken's great story "A Tale of Two Cities"), came to life again. Christ's resurrection points to the power of God, and that the Cross is more than appeasing wrath. It is also the undoing of death. The death of death.
q in the spirit,
again much to unpack here, but I will leave it for now that Christ is made alive in this His risen state.
Study Questions 1. Read 1 Peter 3:18 and Hebrews 7:27 . What is the significance of Jesus suffering “once” for sins? Once is sufficient, it need not be repeated Once is complete, full, perfect 2. Why did Jesus die on the cross? Now read 1 Peter 3:18 . What purpose or reason does Peter give for why Jesus suffered and died for the sins of the unrighteous? to bring us to God 3. What do you think it means to be brought to God? Do any other verses or passages come to mind? to enjoy God, i.e. fullness of joy Psalm 16:11 Psalm 73:25-26 John 17:20-26 Revelation 21:22-27 Takeaway A prayer: Oh for the grace and strength to want God more than anything! In the meantime, I seek that I will know God's ever unfolding grace and work in me as I live out these words from George Herbert: "Although there were some forty heavens, or more, Sometimes I peer above them all; Sometimes I hardly reach a score" - The Temper