“Patience” Word Study: 1 Peter 3:18-20

“Patience” Word Study: 1 Peter 3:18-20

A Biblical word study in ESV. May God grant me the endurance to see this study carried out.

1 Peter 3:18-20 — “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.”

MacArthur commentary for 1 Peter 3:19: “Between Christ’s death and resurrection, his living spirit went to the demon spirits bound in the abyss and proclaimed that, in spite of his death, he had triumphed over them…’spirits in prison’ [refers] to fallen angels (demons), who were permanently bound because of heinous wickedness. The demons who are not so bound resist such a sentence (cf. Luke 8:31). In the end, they will all be sent to the eternal lake of fire (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).”

MacArthur commentary for 1 Peter 3:20: “Peter further explains that the abyss is inhabited by bound demons who have been there since the time of Noah, and who were sent there because they severely overstepped the bounds of God’s tolerance with their wickedness. The demons of Noah’s day were running riot through the earth, filling the world with their wicked, vile, anti-God activity, including sexual sin, so that even 120 years of Noah’s preaching, while the ark was being built, could not convince any of the human race beyond the eight people in Noah’s family to believe in God…thus God bound these demons permanently in the abyss until their final sentencing.”

“Patience” Word Study: Romans 9:22-23

“Patience” Word Study: Romans 9:22-23

A Biblical Word Study in ESV. May God grant me the endurance to see this study carried out.

Romans 9:22-23 — “What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—”

MacArthur commentary: “God could justly destroy sinners the first time they sin. But he patiently endures their rebellion rather than giving them what every sin immediately deserves: eternal punishment…[By] “vessels of wrath”…Paul refers to those whom God has not only chosen for salvation, but rather allowed to incur the just penalty for their sin–God’s wrath.”