1. In what way did Christ suffer for the unjust?
“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,” I Peter 3:18.
2. By what was He quickened, or made alive?
“Quickened by the Spirit,” see the same verse.
3. By what did He preach unto the spirits, or people in the prison house of sin?
“By which [same Spirit that raised Him from the dead] also He went and preached unto the spirits [people] in prison,” verse 19.
4. To what age of the world does Peter especially refer?
“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water,” verse 20.
NOTE: We learn that in the days of Noah that the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead helped Noah deliver his message. It was in the time when Noah was building his ark, at the time where there were only eight souls saved. It was not in the time that Christ lay silent in the tomb. And the same spirit will help us today to preach the true message.
5. From what was Christ to deliver the people?
“To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house,” Isaiah 42:7.
6. In one of Christ’s sermons, what did He say His mission was?
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke 4:18.