Isaac Serrano
Mar 31, 2019
1 Peter 3:18–4:6
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Spirits in prison? The days of Noah? The gospel preached to those who are dead? The section for today is infamous for its interpretive challenges. Martin Luther, a man who was not shy about his interpretive opinions, called 1 Peter 3:19, “A wonderful text is this, and a more obscure passage perhaps than any other in the New Testament, so that I do not know for a certainty just what Peter means.” Truly this is a strange and complex passage! Difficult and controversial verses like this passage are worthy of study, but they also must be kept in their proper context. It is easy to have our focus singularly drawn to the strange and supernatural here, and miss Peter’s main point: offering encouragement to a persecuted group of Christians by reminding them of the supremacy of Christ, their status before God, and the assurance that in the end, all will be made right.

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Isaac Serrano is Lead Teaching Pastor of South Valley Community Church. He likes talking theology, history, and culture. Isaac lives in Gilroy with his family. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac serves on the leadership board for the Regeneration Project and the school board of Pacific Point Christian Schools.

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