• The Time That Is Past

    1 Peter 4:3–5

    As Christians, we are all too often ridiculed when we do not agree with our culture’s permissive attitude towards sexuality and substance abuse, or with the embrace of relativity and disrespect for authority figures. When people make fun of you ...Read More

  • Arm Yourselves

    1 Peter 4:1–2

    When Peter says that those who suffer in the flesh have ceased from sin, he is not teaching that sinless perfection is possible in this life. Until we are glorified we will still sin. However, as John Calvin writes, if ...Read More

  • Baptism and Salvation

    1 Peter 3:21–22

    Noah’s curse on his son Ham (Gen. 9:20–25) shows us that not all who were saved by identifying themselves visibly with Noah actually had true faith. Today many outwardly profess Christ and have been baptized, but because they lack saving ...Read More

  • The Spirits in Prison

    1 Peter 3:18–20

    Today’s passage holds up Christ as our primary model for enduring suffering. Yet in some ways, Noah too serves as an example for us. He did good among men who slandered him because of their sin just as we might ...Read More

  • A Gentle Defense

    1 Peter 3:13–17

    Are you equipped to be a defender of the faith? Have you studied things such as the historical background of Scripture and the evidence for Christ’s resurrection so that you can answer the critics of our faith? As you answer, ...Read More

  • The Eyes of the Lord

    1 Peter 3:10–12

    When we relate the command to bless our enemies to the rest of Scripture we may fall into one of two extremes. We can either put ourselves into unnecessary dangers by refusing always to defend ourselves, or we can use ...Read More

  • A Tender Heart

    1 Peter 3:8–9

    John Calvin says that though it is quite difficult to bless our enemies, “we ought to imitate in this case our heavenly Father, who makes his sun to rise on the unworthy.” Even our Lord pours many earthly blessings on ...Read More

  • Spousal Roles

    Ephesians 5:22–33

    This passage lays heavy responsibilities on both spouses. Wives are called to submit to their husbands even though there will be times when he will not act as respectfully as he should. Husbands must love their wives even when they ...Read More

  • Building Relationship

    Song of Solomon 4:1–7

    The importance of paying compliments to our spouses is not to say that there is no place at all for constructive criticism. However, all too often the comments we think that we are offering in love are in reality offered ...Read More

  • Knowing Each Other

    1 Samuel 1:19b–20

    When we do not share our deepest longings with our spouses or, as we are able, serve our spouses by meeting their needs, we make it tempting to meet these needs outside of marriage. We must be willing to be ...Read More

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