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The Basis for Christian Living

The Basis for Christian Living

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In many ways, this paragraph, which stands virtually at the center of the letter, is its theological center. Sandwiched into the section on how people are to behave in their different relationships, it may give the impression of being a digression, a mere back-up for the teaching given to slaves in the preceding verses. But in fact, what it says goes far beyond the immediate problem and provides the basis for all Christian behavior.
Peter starts off by motivating Christian slaves to proper conduct with reference to the example of Jesus, who put up with unjust suffering just as they are called to do. But right from the opening phrase, it is apparent that Peter is presenting far more than an example. He briefly tells the story of the Christ who suffered for you and develops a doctrine of Christ’s death that shows how Christians can be transformed to live for righteousness. More
Marshall, I. Howard. 1 Peter. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.
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