The Verse That Left Martin Luther Scratching His Head

A Living Hope: Week 8

This final idea of being set free is a great hope, but it’s also a challenge and a moment for self-reflection. Asking God to reveal the areas of our lives where we haven’t been letting God in, where we’re living without freedom and hope, and where we are clinging to sin and fear.

The good news for you and for me:

Jesus chose to suffer on the Cross for you to reveal the devastation of sin, but also the amazing, relentless love of God. And it’s that love and sacrifice that has set you free and given you a Living Hope in the Resurrection of Jesus.

1 Peter 3:17-4:6

It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil. 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, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 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. 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, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him. Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.