Exercise Submission's Power
I Peter 3:1-12
April 1, 2007
Christianity has been the means of abolishing slavery
and of raising woman to her proper place in society.
However, not above her place as seems to be the case in
these days when secularists lose no opportunity to pervert
the teachings of Christ and the Word of God!
Eph. 5:22 Col. 3:18 I Peter 3:1
I Cor. 11:7-16
Woman was made as an "helpmeet for man" - the
Lord said "Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he
shall rule over thee" - "man was not created for the
woman, but the woman for the man"
v. 1 - "subjection" - submit yourselves - a military term,
to rank under -
Satan's influence in this - now human being's influence in
"be in subjection to your own husbands" - literally,
submitting yourselves - to yield - to withdraw -
ch. 2:13 - law - Romans 13:1-4
2:18 - masters
3:1, 5 - wives to husbands
5:5 - younger unto the elder
all to one another
3:22 - angels and authorities unto Him
Do you not want to be a part of that?
CONSIDER: "husbands...obey not the word"
There are apparently husbands who like the
heathen, never enter the sanctuary, nor listen to the
Word of God, whose case seems hopeless. But the
Word of God can be carried to their heart and
mind as much by a Divine life as by a Divine book -
these women spoken of here are the embodiment
of the teachings of Christ and are living epistles for
Him, read of all and the promise of the Word lived
as of the Word spoken - "My Word shall not return
unto me void"
A true Christian life is a standing proof of the Divinity
of Christianity - that is why the world wants to stamp
out Christianity today - it bothers them to see an ideal
imprinted upon the soul - and like their forefather Cain,
who resented Abel to the point of murdering him, and
why - "as Cain....that wicked one....slew his brother.
And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works
were evil, and his brother's righteous" - I John 3:12
"conversation (behavior) of the wives" - these examples
of the beauties of holiness are a constant persuasion - acts
of forgiveness, endurance, sacrifice, and adherence to the
right gradually tell even on the hardened and plead loudly
for Christ - so thus the disobedient husbands are "won by
the conversation of the wives"
A self-denying holy life will do more to win those
with whom we live in close intimacy than even
holy words, and much more, than debate and
Lady that we met at Wayne County Museum
in Monticello on Friday - exhibited Christian
"resisteth the ordinance of God" - Rom. 13:2
I Tim. 2:11-14
We are so accustomed to the rewriting of history
by modern pseudo-philosophes that when they
rewrite the Bible into their own terminology
or deny it, that even the words that I just read
from Holy Scripture grates on our reconditioned
ears - such has been their subversion.
There will come a time that like when Jannes and
Jambres withstood Moses, that they will
"proceed no further" - II Tim. 3:9-10
Our straight edge is the Bible and we are
measured by it - how that we size up.
v. 2 - So precise are they that the fear here
is the reverence for the husband to
the point of avoiding anything that
might seem to interfere with his
conjugal rights and authority.
v. 3 - Peter does not forbid the moderate use
of ornaments, but asserts their utter
worthlessness compared with Christian
graces. Compare I Tim. 2:9-10
Attention to dress and personal decoration is natural
to woman - consider the customs of every nation in
every age - the Apostle Peter must not be misunderstood
as in this place censuring such attention but is pointing
out that there is apparel, that there is ornament, far
preferable to any bodily costume and jewelry that
taste can devise or wealth can purchase!
The dress curse is one of the greatest curses today!
Polly's remarks about co-eds at The University of the Cumberlands - a Baptist institution!
The hypocrisy to be laid aside of ch. 2:1
THE OUTWARD MAN
Contrast the outward adornment today
which gives prestige and meaning to lives
of the hollow - gold, apparel, hair styles -
I refer without comment to Isaiah 3:16-24
Attempting to make "the commandment of
God of none effect by your tradition" - Matt. 15:6
The worst possible scenario - "Christ should be
of none effect" - I Cor. 1:17 - Christ the Son of God,
the Lamb of God and the Savior of the world!
v. 4 - THE INWARD MAN
"hidden man of the heart" - hidden in the
sense that it does not display itself like the
conspicuous ornaments mentioned in the last
It is "hidden with Christ in God" - Col. 3:3
"a meek and quiet spirit" - such clothing and
ornamentation command the admiration of all
whose admiration is desirable.
Empty fools may approve of the outward display
of riches and fashion that the worldly seek to
dazzle and captivate those who are as worldly
Consider that one may seek the approval of his
fellow creatures too earnestly and the possibility
that their attachment may be valued beyond its
Also - poverty may deprive a woman of the power
to dress fashionably and that even the fashionable
with advancing years, their dress, excused in younger
years, may appear unseemly and ridiculous.
Consider that "a quiet and meek spirit" remains
unchanged with the changing time and change which
time does to us all!
Beware of the honor which one craves from others -
"and seek not the honor that cometh from God only"
John 12:43 - "For they loved the praise of men more
than the praise of God"
What true men look for in a woman - Prov. 31:10-31
True men honor not simply the young and the
beautiful, those of high birth or accomplishment,
but they honor all who are stamped with the seal of
a true, gentle and virtuous womanhood.
The meek spirit does not flash into anger, does
not answer again, takes harsh words gently and
humbly - is calm and tranquil - at peace with
self and spreads peace around.
"which is in the sight of God of great price"
God would have us understand that the soul
is far more precious than the body.
The ornaments of the world are costly in their
sight - that is what is impressive to them - the
meek and quiet spirit is precious in the sight
Which means the most to you?
v. 5 - "adorned themselves, being in subjection
unto their own husbands"
How they showed their meekness - submission to
authority is the key note of this part of the epistle.
Remember - "Blessed are the meek for they shall
inherit the earth" - Matt. 5:5
v. 6 - Sarah given as an example
v. 7 - "Likewise, ye husbands" - husbands must do
their duty to the wives submitting themselves
to the duties arising out of marriage.
Husbands are reminded that their wives are Christians
like themselves and are joint-heirs with them of the
grace of life.
Womanhood is God's own creation, and the feminine
characteristics and graces are revelations of God's own
thoughts and purposes.
Humanity without the feminine element would be
incomplete, one-sided, and lacking in the harmony
of "perfect music set to noble words"
Marriage is a holy institution designed by God - a
parable of the mystical union between Christ and
The ideal is - two hearts, two lives bound together by the
closest ties - with the same hopes, the same
desires, the same service - united both in
the Spirit and the flesh, they kneel together,
pray together, support each other with
gentleness, they share one another's trials,
and conceal nothing from each other - God
sends down His blessings and peace on them!
If two were ever one, then we.
Greeting card material - When I count my blessings I count you
Holy matrimony is a very sacred thing - it is not a creation
of human law - human law surrounds it with its sanctions,
regarding it as a civil contract but it was instituted by God
in the time of man's innocency.
The institution is in such trouble that states of the
union have reinforced it with laws stating that it is
a union between one man and one woman - yet men with
men and women with women have tried to undermine it
with homosexual unions - a perversion which not only has
the attention of God but will surely bring His displeasure
in forms of judgment like the Biblical Sodom - arkdiscovery.com
one more time - while at the University of the Cumberlands
this week, I discovered that it had been under attack the day
before with a demonstration of homosexuals over the dismissal
of an openly gay individual within the last year. (3/28/2007)
Sad times we are living in - sad situations - to never know the
sweet sanctities of wedded life and the quiet
happiness of home - so much bitterness - so little true
sweetness - all because God is left out.
For unions which God forbids and the trouble that come
from such disobedience - there is no consolation here!
"dwell with them according to knowledge"
"as being heirs together of the grace of life" -
God's gracious gift of eternal life!
"that your prayers be not hindered"
The family that prays together stays together.
Jealousies and bickerings - selfishness and
stubbornness are opposed to the spirit of prayer.
v. 8 - to others - five Christian graces of which love -
the root is in the middle - unity, compassion,
pity and courtesy
There is a lot of sorrow in this world and a lot of
room for tenderness.
True religion softens the roughest natures and produces
a sweetness and spiritual refinement far more beautiful
and attractive than the superficial polish which comes
only from a Harvard education and Amy Vanderbilt.
The best Christian is ever the truest gentleman - and may
I say - a good citizen - I have never met a true Christian
that was not a good citizen.
vs. 10-12 - Psalm 34:12-16
v. 4 - "in the sight of God" - Psalm 11:2-6