Category Archives: New Testament

Studying 1 Peter 3:7 – Instructions for Husbands

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” – 1 Peter 3:7

Peter says that the husbands are to “be considerate” of their wives. This is a word for knowledge. To consider her is to know her. To consider her is to understand her. Understanding takes deep consideration and reflection. So, husbands, pay attention to her and get to know her.

To treat her with respect is to show her honor. She is to be honored because she is valued and valuable. The woman living like 3:1-6 is a woman of great value. Peter says treat them with respect as the weaker partner. The word “partner” in the NIV misses some of the meaning of that word. The word vessel is a word for an object, a thing. This is where we get “weaker vessel” = a weaker object. That same word is used in Acts 9:15 of Paul being God’s chosen “instrument” or “vessel” to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. That doesn’t mean she is to be objectified or be seen as an object. That isn’t Peter’s point at all. Peter is saying there is something about her that is by nature weaker than a man. This is no value statement. This is not a moral statement. She is not weaker spiritually or morally. It is a physical statement. Women have more physical limitations than men by and large (childbearing excluded!).

Last, Peter says something that should stop us in our tracks – if you don’t do these things toward her your prayers will be hindered. There are a lot of things we might think would hinder prayers. We might think of things like sin being a hindrance to our prayers. Peter says to not see, value and treat your wife in this way can get between you and God. That is a sobering thought, men!

Studying 1 Peter 3:1-6 Instructions to Wives

Peter has already started in on a section on how to live as a Christian alien and stranger in the world within the various roles one can occupy. The lens through which these relationships and roles are viewed is the lens of Jesus. He suffered for doing what was right and in doing so wonContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 2:18-25 – Instructions for Christian Slaves

One of Peter’s main points in the letter is that as a Christian you are an alien in the world and so here is how you are to live. He starts 1 Peter 2 talking about our identity in Christ and finishes chapter two and into three talking about specific roles the Christians in hisContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 2:11-17: A Peaceable Life in a Hostile World

The way you live your life bears witness to the Gospel. This is true in face-to-face interactions as much as it is true in online interactions. The way you treat others and live your life bears witness to the Gospel. No matter what role you find yourself in there are two things that need toContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 2:1-10

1 Peter chapter 2 starts with “therefore”…since you were sanctified by the Spirit (1:2), sprinkled by the blood of Jesus (1:2), directed to be holy (1:16), redeemed by the blood of Jesus (1:18) and purified by obeying the truth (1:22)…put away all things contrary to the nature of what God has both done for youContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 1:13-25

It is hard to understand the interplay between our sinfulness and our holiness. God calls us to be holy just as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16, quoting Leviticus) but how does one go about doing that when we recognize that we are all also sinners who have fallen short (Rom 3:23)? The answer toContinue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 1:3-12

In order to understand what Peter writes next you have to put yourself in the shoes of his first audience. In 1 Peter, Peter repeatedly makes reference to suffering (1:6-7, 2:13-14, 2:21-23, 4:15-16, 5:10). If you are a Christian suffering because you are a Christian you are in a difficult position in need of encouragement.Continue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 1:1-2

Peter begins his letter in the typical Greco-Roman fashion. He introduces himself, addresses his letter’s recipients, gives the greeting (grace and peace) and then launches into a blessing. Peter refers to himself by his “Jesus given name” rather than the name his parents gave him, Simon. He then calls himself an apostle. The word literallyContinue Reading

First Peter May Be the Most Relevant New Testament Letter for Today

Being a Christian in the world has always come with its share of identity issues. Who are we, exactly, and why does it even matter? How do we interact with a world that doesn’t think and believe as we do? How are we to live in the midst of a depraved generation? First Peter answersContinue Reading

Love is the Inevitable Result of Purity

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” – 1 Peter 1:22-23   1 PeterContinue Reading


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