Exegesis Project Essay

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Exegesis Project 1 Peter 3: 18-22 “For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit. In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient while God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark, in which a few person, eight in all were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.” This passage is from 1 Peter to the Christian community that was alienated and persecuted because of their lifestyle. Its members were ridiculed, treated as evildoers, and insulted by unbelieving neighbors who did not understand their moral code of behavior. The author talks about the resurrection and how Jesus died for our sins and suffered: therefore we should expect to suffer too. This passage also talks about how the flood cleansed the world and how Baptism today cleans our souls. This passage is a narrative passage and in it the author is speaking to the reader about how the flood in Genesis during Noah’s time is the prefigured baptism for today. Jesus’ resurrection and his sufferings are also mentioned in this passage along with when Jesus went to the underworld and preached to the spirits who had once disobeyed God. The flood is a prefiguration of Baptism because God cleaned the world through water and our souls are cleaned through Baptism which uses water. The purpose of this passage is to talk to the reader about the flood from Genesis and how it can relate to today in a way. In the text it talks about after Jesus died he went down

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