The passage 1 Peter 3:18-22 represents one of the knottiest problem passages in Scripture. In it, Peter covers the impact of Christ's death.
In order for us to unravel the difficulties contained in it, we must maintain an understanding of the context and a careful grasp of the meaning of the terms Peter uses. Without that, we'll miss the point he is attempting to convey.
Most of us like things to be fair. In theory, we have little patience with preferential treatment or unjust reactions. Sides are to be balanced. Right should lead to pleasant rewards and wrong to painful consequences. Those who work hard and commit themselves to a job well done deserve more than those who are lazy and take advantage of the boss.
Have you ever wondered why God left you on earth once He saved you? Why didn't He simply remove you from the toils and troubles of earth and take you home to be with Him forever?
The most obvious answer is that we might be His ambassadors, His personal witnesses. No one is better qualified to tell the lost how to be found and forgiven than those who were once lost themselves.
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