Here we are picking up in verse 20 of 1 Peter Chapter 3.
1 Peter 3:20-22
New King James Version (NKJV)
20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[a] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 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, 22 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 3:20 NU-Text and M-Text read when the longsuffering of God waited patiently.
the right hand of God, –This simply means that Jesus is in a position of power and authority over all of creation. This brings us to close of chapter three and to chapter four.
1 Peter 4:1-6
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime[b] in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh- Christ’s suffering was real. He took on human form and was fully human as well as fully divine. The pain and anguish He felt were real- the pain of the nails being driven in is what we would feel if nails were driven into our hands and feet. The blood shed was human blood. Jesus did not take advantage of His divinity to escape any of the pain and He suffered that pain FOR US. He even refused the wine mixed with gall that would have deadened the pain- He knew He had to feel every bit of the pain. Along with this physical pain was the emotional pain, the hurt from being betrayed, abandoned, and denied by His closest friends and followers. He took on our human nature fully and maintained that nature to the end.
arm yourselves also with the same mind- For us to fight the good fight of faith and be victorious we have to be of like mind, we have to think like Jesus thought.
for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin-This is referring to Christians that have suffered, most likely referring to persecution. The phrase “ceased from sin” does not mean that they become sinless, but for those who have suffered and served God faithfully have a different attitude toward sin than they once did. Sin simply does not hold the same grip on them as it previously did.
Revive me according to Your word.
26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me;
Teach me Your statutes.
27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
28 My soul melts from heaviness;
Strengthen me according to Your word.
29 Remove from me the way of lying,
And grant me Your law graciously.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies;
O LORD, do not put me to shame!
32 I will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge my heart.