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that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” ( I Pet. 3:15)
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"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (I Peter 3:15).


With these words the apostle Peter sets forth a guiding principle by which every Christian ought to live.  Peter urged all Christians to stand upon the same precepts and doctrine laid down by Christ (I Pet. 4:11).  When resting upon Christ, our Foundation, we are on solid ground.  Christ's life set the example for us to follow (I Pet. 2:21).  He is the Truth (John 14:6).  Therefore, we have no reason to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, the testimony of our Lord  (Rom.1:16; II Tim 1:8).  When we rightly divide the word of truth, there is not a man nor man-made doctrine that can defeat it (II Tim 2:15).


If we truly sanctify the Lord in our hearts, we will set Him and His word far above everything else.  This means that whatever we do or say, we must do and say it "in the name of (i.e., by the authority of) the Lord Jesus Christ" (Col. 3:17).  We must "earnestly contend for the faith" (Jude 3) and do so according to His will, "heartily as to the Lord, and not unto man" (Col. 3:23).  We must never shy away from defending the Truth, but we should do so in a Godly manner encouraging edification, avoiding strife as much as is possible (Phil 2:3; I Tim 1:4).


 In giving an answer we are to use wisdom (Col. 4:5).  There may be instances when we need to be gentle and compassionate, and other times when we need to respond sternly, as in an emergency (Jude 22,23).  Then there are times when it is best not to answer at all, such as with the fool, at least "according to his folly" (Prov. 26:4), but rather find a better time and place  which will benefit the hearer (John 16:2).


Sometimes, we may just give simple answers.  At other times, the way of God may need to be expounded "more perfectly" such as with Apollos (Acts 18:26).  These opportunities vary with the individual we may be answering and their circumstances.  Some may need  just a little help or guidance.  Others may be seeking answers to the ultimate questions: "Is there a God," or "what must I do to be saved?"


It is only when we listen honestly to a querist with genuine interest, sincerely attempting to understand their real concerns, that we then can provide the best explanation.  We must always handle God's Word correctly and reason properly when answering (Isaiah 1:18).  Clear, rational thinking is vital to answering questions correctly.  This requires diligent study, honest introspection and earnest prayer.  If we do this, we can truly "Be Ready Always."



Be Ready Always
Christian Apologist
Copyright Keith Padgett  07-18-2013