Examining God’s Word – 1st Peter 3.18-22

This is a double whammy -

God’s Word to the Nations

New American Standard

New Living Translation

18 This is true because Christ suffered for our sins once. He was an innocent person, but he suffered for guilty people so that he could bring you to God. His body was put to death, but he was brought to life through his spirit. 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
19 In it he also went to proclaim his victory to the spirits kept in prison. 19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison–
20 They are like those who disobeyed long ago in the days of Noah when God waited patiently while Noah built the ship. In this ship a few people-eight in all-were saved by water. 20 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.
21 Baptism, which is like that water, now saves you. Baptism doesn’t save by removing dirt from the body. Rather, baptism is a request to God for a clear conscience. It saves you through Jesus Christ, who came back from death to life. 21 And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you– not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience– through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
22 Christ has gone to heaven where he has the highest position that God gives. Angels, rulers, and powers have been placed under his authority. 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him. 22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Two things here, first baptism. Second is the mythic decent of Christ into Hell. Verse 19 has been translated and interpreted in a variety of ways. GWN’s addition moves the idea away from Christ descending into Hell during the three days in the Tomb.

Verse 21 remains pretty much the same.

Verse 22 seems a bit unorthodox, however.

As always, this is meant to introduce God’s Word to the Nations to you, to solicit feedback, and to gain insight.

Post By Joel Watts (10,058 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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6 thoughts on Examining God’s Word – 1st Peter 3.18-22

  1. I have been asked about the new translation, God’s Word, and would like to learn more about it so I can rely the information to them. Please let me know when you post more blogs about it. Bottom line, Is it an accurate translation of the word of God?
    Rick

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