The Benefits Of Christ’s Suffering | 1 Peter 3:18-22

1 Peter 3:18-22 | The Benefits Of Christ’s Suffering

Today I want to talk to you about the benefits we receive because of Christ’s suffering. Do you know that the sufferings of Christ have benefits for humanity? Many people come to Jesus just for their earthly needs. But one will be really amazed as to what Jesus Christ has to offer us for those who trust in him.

1 Peter 3:18-22

18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

We hare great benefits that we receive from Christ. So let us study this text.

First of all we must understand that Christ suffered:

1. Christ Suffered

1 Peter 1:11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.

1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Jesus Christ came into this world to suffer and die for mankind. This is the central thought of this letter. The suffering of Christ is proclaimed in all the chapters of this letter.

Here the scripture says in 1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

Here the scripture says in 1 Peter 5:1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:

The suffering of Christ is not only central to 1 Peter, but it is the central theme of the Bible and also the central theme of the universe. God sent his Son to suffer.

2. Christ Suffered Once

Secondly, we must understand that Jesus Christ suffered just once.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins…

Hebrews 7:27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

So Christ suffered once for all.

What happened when Christ suffered?

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

We were made righteous.

Christ suffered and died for our sins. When Christ suffered and died, we who were unrighteous were made righteous by the righteousness of Christ. We are thoroughly unrighteous, man is sinful. Christ is perfectly righteous. So believing in Christ’s suffering can make the unrighteous righteous.

Christ brought us back to God.

Man was separated from God because of sin. We had no way to get to God unless someone deals with our sins. Christ by his suffering death brought man back to God. The wall of separation between man and God has been taken off.

That is the greatest news in all the world. Jesus Christ, the righteous one, the son of God loves us so much that He took our place, our suffering on the cross so that we may come to God. This is substitution. Christ because our substitution. Therefore the heart of the gospel is substitution.

What are the benefits that come from the sufferings of Christ?

I am going to give you at least eight among many others benefits we receive because of Christ’s suffering.

1. Forgiveness Of Sins

Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

2. Gift Of Healing

There is complete healing in Jesus Christ. One who comes to Christ has healing in his body, soul, and spirit.

3. We Have Been Justified

Romans 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

4. Freedom From Wrath

5. Freedom From Guilt

Hebrews 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

6. Gift Of Eternal Life

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inChrist Jesus our Lord.

7. Brought Us Back To God.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

More importantly we want to be with God through all eternity.

8. Victory Over Death And Demons

1 Peter 3:21-22 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Christ gave us victory over death and victory over demons.

How Do We Receive The Benefit Of Christ’s Suffering Death?

Do you remember what happened after Jesus ascended to God the Father about 40 days after his resurrection? He sent the Holy Spirit and this same Peter started preaching to the crowd that was gathered. When they heard the message of Peter they asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 3:19-22 19After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Repent and be baptized.

During the days of Noah, it was just his family that was saved. It was like his family was persecuted for their faith in God but God saved them from the coming wrath. Likewise, today the church may be persecuted or you may God through trials and problems and difficulties. You have victory over death, demons, and your circumstances by repentance and baptism.

God can save his people no matter how massive the judgment is coming upon them or no matter how massive the opposition they are facing today just like in the days of Noah how God saved Noah and his family.

So take heart no matter how great the opposition or great the judgment.

When Jesus died and rose again death was conquered and demons were conquered. Baptism is a means like Noah for us to be rescued, that baptism is an appeal for a good conscience. By that act of baptism, God will save you from death and save you from all the demonic powers.

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