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Grace Means...Invitation

1 Peter 3:18-22 Up to this point in his letter, Peter has been telling us to honor those in authority over us even if they are unjust because our suffering serves a purpose. He tells us that we will receive blessings from God the Father for our submission. In 1 Peter 2:21 and following, he gives the example of Jesus Christ to show how we can find strength and courage to face the trials in our lives.  In 1 Peter 2:23, Peter says, “He committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” Trusting and believing in God the Father is where Jesus found His strength, and this is where Peter tells us to find our strength. When Jesus’ disciples were facing their greatest trial, Jesus said: John 14:1 (NKJV) Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. Jesus told the disciples to trust Him on the night that He was betrayed and arrested. He did this to prepare them because everything they were about to see would seem to contradict the truth that Jesus is the Son o

Grace Means...Blessing

  1 Peter 3:8-17 Today's passage begins with the word "Finally." This is because the verses we are looking at are a recap of Peter's instructions about submission. In the thoughts that follow this, "finally," we find the motivation and heart attitude behind our "submission" as believers.  The primary motivation that Peter outlines is our blessedness as Christians. We, of all creatures, are blessed. Let's begin by considering three possible meanings of the word "blessed." These three are not all the possible meanings, but these are the meanings pertinent to our discussion today. 1 Peter 1:3 says: 1 Peter 1:3 (NKJV) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ... In this case, "blessed" means "praised," and the word in the original Greek text is a word that is used only of God. This sentence could be translated, "Praise.  be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ..." Anothe