In our study of
I Peter we have been looking at the theme of The God Of All
Suffering. Let us come with an open Bible to I Peter 3:18-22.
I will not have to use our study space to quote the text if you have
a Bible and note taking material in hand.
It is in this
text that we see the wrongful sufferings of Christ. Oh, let us run
to the cross; ponder its happenings long and hard in our times of
In verse 18 we see The
Actual Death. We are told that our Lord suffered only once for
sins. The word once speaks of a past action with continual
present results. The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the
world. (Rev. 13:8) The sins mentioned here are the sins of the
elect in Chapter 1, verse 2. The whole purpose of Him being put to
death in the flesh and raised in the Spirit is that He might bring
us to God. It is in our nearness to God that we find comfort in our
suffering. Near the cross, O Lamb of God, Bring its scenes
before me, Help me walk from day to day with its shadows oer me.
In verses 19-21 we
see The Actual Descension. The word went speaks
of one traveling on a journey. The phrase, By the which
refers back to the last noun, mentioned which was the Spirit
in verse 18. The word prison speaks of a place called
Sheol, which is the place of the dead.
Our Lord while there
preached to them. The word indicates to make an official
announcement or proclamation. The Baptism of verse 21 is a
figure or picture and not actual water baptism. He is telling those
in the land of the dead that because they were not immersed in Him
as Noah was in the Ark that their eternal destiny in the prison of
Hell was sure. The immersion into water does not wash away sin but
it is a picture of the washing of His blood. The blood washing
takes not only sins away but also takes away guilt and gives a clear
We find in verse 22
The Actual Dominion. We find here the place our Lord went
after His suffering. The text tells us that He went into heaven.
The word into means to be at one with. For the child of God
all of our suffering will end when we enter into heaven.
We notice that our
Lord is at the right hand of God. This is a place of
exaltation, ruling, and reigning. Our Lord said that if we will
suffer with Him we would reign with Him. In this place of Dominion
all things are made subject to our Lord. All angels, authorities,
powers, and created beings will bow to confess, He Is Lord.
Let us in our times
of trouble and suffering join the apostle Paul in the confession of
Philippians 3:10, That I may know Him, and the power of His
resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made
conformable unto His death. Our Lord suffered that He might
infuse through our suffering His likeness and we will be able to say
that all things are working together to the good of conforming us to