1 Peter 3:18-20 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; 19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 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.
In today's post I want us to consider what Jesus accomplished in these events. The aim is to consider Jesus' accomplishments on Good Friday and Holy Saturday in preparation for resurrection Saturday.
The four Gospels detail the events of Christ's death, burial and resurrection. The remainder of the New Testament (Acts, 21 Epistles and Revelation) unfold the meaning and implications of what He achieved. The Apostle Peter in his first epistle aims to show how we as Christians ought to stand firm in God's grace (1 Peter 5:12). Peter's letter ties in our ability to stand in such grace to what Jesus Christ accomplished. Thus, we will consider the following two main thoughts about Christ's accomplished work:
2. The Proclamation of Christ's Accomplished Work - Victory. 1 Peter 3:19-20
1. Purpose of Christ’s Victorious Work – Reconciliation 3:18
Jesus' death on behalf of sinners accomplished two necessary effects required for reconciliation with God. The first necessary effect was expiation or the removal of the cause of God's wrath upon us - our sin (Romans 5:10). The second effect had to do with propitiation - that is to say, the satisfaction of God's wrath (1 John 2:2). Below in the next thought (point "c"), we see why expiation (taking away of sin) and propitiation (satisfying wrath) are necessary for reconciliation.
2. Proclamation of Christ’s Victorious Work – Victory 3:19-20
As we draw this post to a close, let's remember our two main thoughts for today's post:
1. The Purpose of Christ's Accomplished Work - reconciliation. 1 Peter 3:18
What Jesus accomplished was proclaimed by Him both in heaven and to the defeated demonic realm. Such activities provided grounds for which future generations of Christian could stand who by grace through faith trusted in Jesus. The cross of Friday and the work of Saturday pointed to what would be the great victory of that early Sunday Morning: He has risen! As Christians, we rest in these works of Jesus.
2. Michael Horton. The Christian Faith - A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way. Zondervan. 2011. Page 500