Christ Suffered to Bring Us to God through His Death and Resurrection

1 Peter 3:18-22

Jesus Christ is described as being someone who entered a violent prison to bring God’s message of Salvation. His death occurred within that prison as He gave His life for the unjust. However, by the Spirit of God He has been raised from the dead, and because He lives, we will live also

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust.”

When I was growing up, as a 1959 Baby Boomer, police officers and firemen were upheld as those who would risk their own life to rescue those in danger. It was like the just putting their life in the way of harm for whoever was in need of a rescue, no matter how unjust those in need of a rescue were. It was the just giving themselves for the unjust. Jesus Christ is the just one who gave His life for the unjust. He suffered horribly in the process of rescuing sinners and eventually was put to death to bring us to God. He didn’t suffer a Spiritual death but only death in the flesh, He was made alive by the Spirit of God. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18

Isaiah 53 describes Jesus Christ and His suffering.

Prison ministries were a common practice when I was growing up. That’s when followers of Jesus Christ would enter jails and prisons to bring the Good News to whoever would listen. All of humanity are prisoners who are serving their time in a prison called earth. Because of the sin of Adam, we are all prisoners to sin by trespassing against God and rejecting Jesus Christ. God sent Jesus to preach to us prisoners, and He patiently waits for each of us to accept His posted bail, paid in the blood of Jesus, “…by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient…” 1 Peter 3:19 Time is running out to accept the bail as this world steadily moves in the direction of prison riots of the global tribulation. It’s like in the day of Noah when the violent waters continued to rise but only a few would board the ark to enter the Salvation of God, “…when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” 1 Peter 3:20 There are a faithful few who hold to the testimony of Jeus Christ to be saved through the rising water.

Salvation comes to us by being baptized through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. That Salvation rescues us out of this prison called earth, to give us eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. In the same way that God raised Christ from the dead, we also will be raised from the dead into the eternal city of the New Jerusalem. Today, Jesus is in Heaven waiting patiently to greet each one of us, as He is at the right hand of God and all angels, authorities, and powers are subject to Him. “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.” 1 Peter 3:21-22

“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25
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