Series: Living Excellent Lives
From Suffering to Session
April 07, 2019 | John Nix
1 Peter 3:18-22
Peter continues to address suffering but moves the attention from Christian suffering to the suffering of Jesus. Peter’s letter quickly offers comfort after proclaiming that God sometimes wills suffering for those who have done good and reminds us that Jesus suffered for doing good. However, Peter is not content only reminding the reader that Christ suffered. He exults in showing how a complete reversal has taken place because of what Jesus has done. The submissive Son is the ruling king in his session at the right hand of God.
- Why is it important to consider the fact that Jesus suffered once for sins? How does this compare with the sacrificial system of the Old Testament?
- What does Isaiah 53 teach us about Jesus' suffering for the unrighteous?
- How does scripture describe the days of Noah? Hoe does that compare to today?
- Describe a time when God was patient with you?
- What is baptism? Have you been baptized? Why or why not?
- How can someone have a good conscience?
- What can we learn from the biblical pattern of humiliation to exaltation? How are we living that out right now?
- How are you comforted by the truth that Jesus is the reigning King of the universe right now? How will that change the way you see suffering in the future?
Have you ever wondered how you are to live an excellent life? And to live an excellent life, not for yourself, but for the God who created you and loves you? Let’s take a journey together through 1 Peter beginning on January 13 to see how we can glorify God by the way we live.