1 Peter 3:1-7
Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word…
I. THE VIEW HERE GIVEN OF FUTURE BLESSEDNESS. "The grace of life."
1. He calls it "life" in an eminent sense. Now, it is limited. Then the great ends of life will be supremely answered. Its duration will justify the appellation "life."
2. He calls it "the grace of life" because it is the gift of grace, bestowed in a very gracious way.
II. THE ENDEARING AND DELIGHTFUL WAY IN WHICH CHRISTIANS ARE PUT IN POSSESSION OF THIS BLESSEDNESS IN CONNECTION WITH ONE ANOTHER. "As being heirs together."
1. It gratifies our generosity and benevolence.
2. It adds meekness to the intercourse of friendship.
3. Providence has so ordered it that Christians should be not only fellow heirs but fellow helpers to eternal life.
4. It provides such a cordial when friends come to part.Lessons:
1. How richly and graciously has God ordered it, that the salvation of Christians should be linked together.
2. How anxious should those who are united by natural affection be, to become heirs together of such a life.
3. How important it is that those who are heirs together of such a life should cultivate the dispositions most suited to it,
4. How desirable it is to have reference to these views in time of need.
5. How terrible is the sentiment of the text reversed.
(T. N. Toller.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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;