Much has been written to resolve the numerous difficulties in 1 Pet 3:18-22. This, however, is done at the expense of understanding how its details work together to explicate its main point. William Joseph Dalton’s study on this passage almost 20 years was an excellent attempt at explaining both the details and thrust of this passage. More recently, Paul J. Achtemeier also wrote a voluminous commentary on 1 Peter in which he devoted two sections to evaluate various views on the main point. Insufficient attention, however, has been given to explaining how the details work together to support its thrust. In view of this lacuna, I shall attempt to demonstrate exegetically how these details relate to each other to bring out the thrust of this passage which I posit it to be the salvific work of Christ as the basis of victory for a suffering Christian.

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