“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” – 1 Peter 3:15
Peter in this passage is writing to encourage believers that are suffering from persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ. He encourages them to give an “answer” to everyone. The word for answer in this verse is the Greek word “apologia;” when translated, it literally means “to give a defense.” It was often used in reference to a courtroom setting, in which someone has to give a defense for their actions. Peter wants the believers to whom he is writing to be able to explain their faith, to let others know of the hope they have found.
Going along with this thought is the fact that I started my Apologetics class this week in my Liberty Online Graduate Program. Apologetics comes from the same word used in 1 Peter 3:15; the class is a study in defending the Christian faith against other religions and the many different ways of thinking found in the world. However Peter’s instructions do not just apply to those who study this particular subject; this is a call for all believers. We should be able to respond to others about the hope that we have found in following Christ. It is said that sometimes the only Bible someone will see is the way we live our lives. What example are we setting and what answers do we have when someone asks us about our faith? Are you able to explain the hope you have in Christ? How has your life changed because of Christ? What are you doing now that brings glory to God? It is more than just saying you come to church on Sunday morning.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…”