I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chiastic Structure of 1 Pet. 3:16—4:5

A.        3:16  Having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
B.        3:17  For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
C.        3:18  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,
D.        3:19  in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,
E.         3:20  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.
E.         3:21  Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
D.        3:22  who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
C.        4:1a  Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh,
B.         4:1b  arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 4:2  so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
A.         4:3  For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4:4  With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; 4:5  but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Crux Sense of the Members :: Baptism the Chi

A. (3:16) Your Slanderers Will Be Put To Shame (4:3—5) A.
B. (3:17) Suffer Though Innocent—In God’s Will (4:1b—2) B.
C. (3:18) For Christ Suffered In The Flesh (4:1a) C.
D. (3:19) Jesus Triumphed Over The Hostile Powers (3:22) D.
E. (3:20) Baptism: Noah Was // You Are Saved Through Water (3:21) E.

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