Victory in Jesus – 1 Peter 3:18-22
Even though Jesus suffered, He was ultimately exulted. At the end of 1 Peter chapter 3 Peter is announcing that Jesus wins. He is victorious! This is encouraging for us who are united to Him. When Jesus suffered unjustly, God vindicated Him, and He will vindicate us too. Suffering will not have the last word, for you will share the same destiny as your Lord. That is the main point of this paragraph, but it includes some other details that can be confusing, so in the sermon pastor David deals with the less clear parts of the passage, but then celebrate that which is abundantly clear.
1 Peter 3:18-22 For Christ also suffered once for sins,
the Righteous for the unrighteous,
that He might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,
19 in which He went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,
20 because they formerly did not obey,
when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah,
while the ark was being prepared,
in which a few, that is, eight persons,
were brought safely through water.
21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you,
not as a removal of dirt from the body
but as an appeal to God for a good conscience,
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
22 who has gone into Heaven and is at the right hand of God,
with angels, authorities, and powers
having been subjected to Him.