1 Peter Chapter 3
1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
This chapter deals primarily with the Christian life and subjection. The section above deals with how a Godly women should conduct herself. Verse 1 tells wives to be in subjection to their husbands. Feminist's will get into an uproar over this, but this is Gods law. The husbands referred to are Christian men. The ones who obey not the word are unbelieving men. Unbelieving husbands can be won to Christ by the wives example and conversation. It then talks about how a Christian woman should present herself. Women are told not to adorn themselves outwardly with fancy clothes, jewelry, and hair. They should however, Adorn their heart, with meekness and a quiet spirit, this is of great value to God. Women do not need to make spectacle of themselves. It then compares the women of today with the women of the past. Instructing them to follow the example of these Godly women. Calling them the daughters of Sahara, these are Jewish women, but this can apply to Gentiles also.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
This section deals with men and how marriage should be conducted. Verse 7 tells husbands to give honor to their wives. Together couples can serve God and be blessed, if they live righteously. It then tells them to be of one mind, have compassion toward one another, love one another, have pity, and be courteous to each other.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
Here we dive into the Christian Life. Verse 10 says that if you want to have a good life, let your tongue not speak evil nor guile. It goes on to say, avoid evil, do good, and seek peace. God sees the righteous and he will answer their prayers. If you do evil, God will be against you.
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
Here we get into suffering for righteousness sake. If people persecute you for your faith, don't let it trouble you. Verse 15 says, let Gods holiness come into your heart. Be ready to answer every man that asked why you have hope. That hope is in Christ, this can bring people to Christ. They will be ashamed that speak evil of you and falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. In Gods eyes it is better to suffer for good than evil.
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
This section deals with salvation. Christ also suffered for doing good, the just for the unjust. He paid for all of our sins on the cross, so we can all have eternal life. Our suffering is a sort of homage to Christ on the cross. Verses 20 and 21 compare salvation to Noah and the ark. Where Noah and his family were saved from water by the ark. Believers are saved from hell by Jesus Christ and the baptism of the Holy spirit. Salvation is not by works, as described in parenthesis in verse 21. Verse 22 describe the deity of Christ, saying angels and authorities are made subject to him. The chapter finishes where it started, with subjection. Christ who was over all, was in subjection to all. Because of this example, all of us should be in subjection to those over us, and not disobey. Use Christ as the example.
I am not a Bible scholar, this was just a rudimentary study. I hope it was useful to you. I will leave you with the only way to heaven, the gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: