Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons
1 Peter 3:18-20
For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh…
I. THE PERSON WHO SUFFERED. It was "Christ, the just."
1. His official character. The word Christ properly means one anointed or consecrated to some sacred office.
2. His personal character — "the just."
II. THE SUFFERINGS HE ENDURED. "For Christ also hath once," etc.
1. The nature of His sufferings. "Christ suffered, being put to death in the flesh."
2. The period of His sufferings.
3. The object of His sufferings.
4. The issue of His sufferings. He was "quickened by the Spirit."
III. THE DESIGN HE ACCOMPLISHED. "That He might bring us to God."
1. The natural state of fallen sinners.
2. The personal efficacy of Christ's atonement. It "brings us to God."
(Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: