READING: 1 Peter 3
Peter extends this theme of submission to the marital relationship (3:1–7) and to the pursuit of harmonious relationships with others (3:8–12). Submission to the lordship of Christ may lead to suffering for His sake, and Peter encourages his readers to order their lives in such a way that those who slander them will be ashamed (3:13–17). Peter also points to the work of Christ in bringing about their salvation (3:18–22).
The resurrection transformed the life of Peter, and he played a key role in the formation of the early church and in the spread of the gospel from the Jews to both the Samaritans and the Gentiles. Peter apparently traveled extensively and ministered in various Roman provinces (1 Corinthians 9:5). According to tradition, he was crucified upside down in Rome prior to the death of Nero in AD 68, probably sometime in AD 64–66.
Lord, may I sanctify Christ as Lord in my heart, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks me to give an account for the hope that is in me, yet with gentleness and reverence.
Meditation passage: verses 8–9, 15, 18