The Sanctity of Life
January 14, 2018
> but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to
anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and
respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good
behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should
be God’s will, than for doing evil.
> 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, in which he went and
proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 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. 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, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with
angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.