1 Peter 3:15
I. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego (Daniel 3:1-18)
A. Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image (Daniel 3:1-15)
B. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego’s refusal to bow down (3:16-18)
C. We must not compromise, but stand up for the truth (Jude 3)
II. Ezra (Ezra 7:10)
A. Seek (Matthew 6:33; 7:7-8; Colossians 3:1-2)
B. Do (Matthew 7:21; Romans 6:16-17; Hebrews 5:9)
C. Teach (James 1:25; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2)
A. At age 12 (Luke 2:46-47)
B. Nicodemus (John 3:1-3)
C. Identifying and addressing needs (Colossians 4:5-6)
Read Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:18-22
Noah believed God, and Noah’s belief motivated him to obey God. Isn’t that how true faith works? The Hebrews writer says that Noah was “moved with godly fear” because of his faith. Moved to do what? He “prepared an ark for the saving of his household.” Belief in what God had told him was not enough; Noah had to act upon the information he received from the Lord.
Remember what the last verse of Genesis 6 says? “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Genesis 6:22). He was not a man who subscribed to the false doctrine of “faith alone.” Rather, Noah acted upon his faith. “Thus Noah did.”
The flood and baptism have a type/antitype relationship. The flood was a foreshadowing of the command to be baptized issued by Christ, a command that we are responsible to obey today. Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believed will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). Peter answered the Jews’ question about their spiritual condition in this way: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).
A person must obey the commands of the Lord in order to be saved by the Lord. This is not earning salvation – not by any stretch of the imagination! Rather, it is “the answer of a good conscience toward God” (1 Peter 3:21). We cannot ignore the words of Jesus Himself and expect Him to save us anyway. We must obey – by faith!
To deny that baptism has anything to do with salvation is to ignore what Jesus and His inspired apostles taught. Peter clearly states that baptism, the antitype of the floodwaters, “now saves us” (1 Peter 3:21). He taught that it was to be done “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Jesus said that one who “will be saved” is one “who believes and is baptized” (Mark 16:16). In each instance, baptism is directly linked to salvation and baptism is placed before salvation.
Noah did not live by “faith alone.” He lived a life of faithful obedience to the commands of God. Can you say the same?
Day 156/260: Read 1 Peter 3
Apologetics is the use of reason when defending a system of belief and is often used in the religious world. There are several fine groups that focus on apologetics in their writings and productions, such as Apologetics Press and The Daily Apologist.
It is important to know why we believe what we believe. We need to “always be ready to give a defense” for our hope. One thing we often overlook when reading 1 Peter 3:15, however, is the context.
Peter wrote to Christians who were suffering persecution because of the faith. “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.’” In America, we simply do not face the same type of persecutions as our brothers and sisters in the first century.
Are we mocked? Sure. Shouted down? Yes. Unfriended on Facebook? Absolutely. And while these things may be unpleasant, they are a far cry from the physical harm of the disciples two thousand years ago.
Even in the face of death, Peter told them to “always be ready.” He even told them what attitude to have when presenting their defense: “meekness and fear.” Are we always ready today? Are we humble and respectful in our defense?
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
1 Peter 3:15. But sanctify the Lord God 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.
Pray for opportunities to prepare yourself to defend the faith, and for the proper attitude in so doing.