1 Peter 3:1-7 and Submission
1 Peter 3:1-7 is often cited by those who wish to control wives. These are those men and pastors who feel a woman needs the strong hand of a man to guide her.
In reality, those types tend to be abusive. Abusive people are evil. There is no love, if there is any abuse.
A careful study of the passage in the plain, normal sense and understanding English language will NOT interpret this passage to dominate women.
The plain sense of Scripture in 1 Peter 3:1-7 shows
B1 The situation of a Christian wife and non-Christian husband. The situation can be either husband or wife. It refers to one spouse being a Christian and the other is not.
B2 The nonbeliever will not obey God’s command to repent and believe the Gospel.
B3 The Christian can then, live the Gospel, by living the Christian life required by Messiah Jesus for both men and women, instead of pleading, perhaps nagging the unbeliever.
B4 Hopefully, the non-Christian will see the superiority of the Christian life, repent, and believe the Gospel.
B5 The Apostle reminds the Christian, whether wife or husband, to speak respectfully.
B6 Be respectful and give honor to each other.
B7 The Christian (this especially refers to the husband) will not have God answer his prayers, if he treats his wife with any hint of abuse.
In summary:
B1 A controlling spouse cannot lawfully use this Scripture passage to force the other.
B2 Word meaning sin English have changed. Care must be taken to understand its use.
B3 God is supreme. He is omniscient and omnisapient. His will and lifestyle are the best.
B4 We must be of the mindset to do God’s will. To know God’s will, we must study the Bible and pray for wisdom.
B5 Love your spouse as I have written in other articles about love.
A better translation understanding that the Greek word implies no defiance or resistance: 1 Peter 3:1-7 God’s Word Wives, in a similar way, place yourselves under your husbands’ authority. Some husbands may not obey God’s word. Their wives could win these men for Christ by the way they live without saying anything. 2 Their husbands would see how pure and reverent their lives are. 3 Wives must not let their beauty be something external. Beauty doesn’t come from hairstyles, gold jewelry, or clothes. 4 Rather, beauty is something internal that can’t be destroyed. Beauty expresses itself in a gentle and quiet attitude which God considers precious. 5 After all, this is how holy women who had confidence in God expressed their beauty in the past. They placed themselves under their husbands’ authority 6 as Sarah did. Sarah obeyed Abraham and spoke to him respectfully. You became Sarah’s daughters by not letting anything make you afraid to do good. 7 Husbands, in a similar way, live with your wives with understanding since they are weaker than you are. Honor your wives as those who share God’s life-giving kindness so that nothing will interfere with your prayers.
Posted by Choco in 2018 at 15:00
Labels: 1 Peter, Submission, Abuse of women

 

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