The Proclaiming Christ
1 Peter 3:19-20

 
The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2014, Max D. Hutto,

“In which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.” 1 Peter 3:19-20 NASB

Scholars through the years have given this passage various interpretations and meanings that leave more questions than answers. Five thoughts from this passage give insight to these verses. First, Jesus indeed died on the cross (see verse 18) and subsequently made a proclamation to the disobedient spirits in prison. Second, all who are disobedient will face judgment. Third, God provided salvation through Jesus just as the ark provided salvation for Noah and his family. Fourth, Jesus was victorious over sin, death, and disobedient spirits (see also verses 21-22). Fifth, God is patiently waiting for the disobedient sinners to repent.

Lord Jesus, I find salvation in You alone. Help me to proclaim Your message of victory over sin and death.

 

  August 15, 2014


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