For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—
to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,
and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
(NIV) 1 Peter 3:18-22
Speaker Pastor Paul
1. Remember That Christ Suffered
“For Christ also died [suffered] for sins once for all . . . ”
“Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same purpose”— 4:1
2. Christ Has Triumphed and Brought Us Safe to God.
Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God,
3. Remember the Days of Noah:
In which [i.e., in the spirit] also He [Jesus] went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 20) 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.
A. that it assures of the greatness of Christ. He is not bound by space and time.
B. it is better to obey him and suffer than to disobey and be cast into the prison
C. it is no disadvantage to you to be a small rejected minority.
4. Know the Meaning of Baptism.
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
5. Look to Christ at God’s Right Hand, Ruling over All
Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.