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Spirits in Prison

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Jail and Hell

Suffering is not an unknown subject. The world suffers because of life situations. (NRSV)
18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,
Jesus suffered, though he was righteous, and if we will now set apart Christ as Lord in our hearts and follow in his footsteps we can be delivered from the fear of our persecutors, confident that through suffering we will share his victory.
Motyer, S. (1995). 1 Peter. In Evangelical Commentary on the Bible (Vol. 3, p. 1168). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
Noah and his son’s came through the flood to a new life. Now we associate this with baptism today, for good reason. But I would challenge you today to think of this life as the prison that has you trapped against your own will. (NRSV)
19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, notice that Peter says because they did not formerly obey. Obey what? You might ask. (NRSV)
20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.
Today God is preparing the Ark for survivors to board. As He waits patiently the people are being disobedient. (NRSV)
Good Stewards of God’s Grace
4 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin), 2 so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires but by the will of God.
Peter says that the world joins together in many things that you will not join and for this they are surprised when we do not join them. (NRSV)
5 But they will have to give an accounting to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does.
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