1 Peter 3:1 -3:7 Conduct in the home
. Wives are to be in subjection to their husbands. “Be in subjection” is submitting yourselves. This is a voluntary step, not a command. Obviously this refers to an unsaved husband who will not hear the Word of God, but who might be won by the conduct of the wife. This is real personal evangelism. Inward, not outward, adornment wins the lost husband. A Christian woman may win a husband by sex appeal, but she can never win him to the Lord by sex appeal. Sarah and the wives of the other patriarchs did not hold their husbands by sex appeal. Christian husbands are to love and honor their wives because of their intelligent understanding of the marriage relationship. The apostle indicates that the prayers of a family are not answered when the marriage relationship is not right.
1 Peter 3:8-3:17 Conduct in the church
. Believers are to be like-minded, sympathetic, tenderhearted, and courteous (which means humble-minded). This means turning the other cheek. For the one who loves life and really wants to live, here is the key. Refrain from evil talk, speak no guile, eschew evil, do good, seek peace and pursue it. God has not guaranteed to hear the prayers of those who do evil, but He has guaranteed to hear the prayers of His own. Suffering for what is right should bring joy to the child of God. By our lives and lips we can sanctify God in our hearts. Our lives should bring glory to God. Also, the believer should be able to explain his position in Jesus. Be sure that those who speak evil of you are in error. Be sure our suffering comes to us because of doing good, not evil.
1 Peter 3:18-3:22
Christ’s suffering preached by the Holy Spirit in Noah’s day. Again, Christ’s suffering for our sins is cited as the hope in our suffering. Noah preached the gospel, through the Holy Spirit in his day. In Jesus’ day, the spirits of those men to whom Noah had preached were in prison, for they had rejected the message of Noah. Baptism is identification with Jesus but by the resurrection of Jesus Christ is salvation. Jesus is now in heaven, on the right hand of God almighty.