For who will hurt you if you become zealots for what is good?
But even if you do suffer for being righteous, you are blessed! Moreover, don't fear what they fear or be disturbed,
but treat the Messiah as holy, as Lord in your hearts;s while remaining always ready to give a reasoned answer to anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you - yet with humility and fear,
keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are spoken against, those who abuse the good behavior flowing from your union with the Messiah may be put to shame.
For if God has in fact willed that you should suffer, it is better that you suffer for doing what is good than for doing what is evil.
For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit;
and in this form he went and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits,
to those who were disobedient long ago, in the days of Noach, when God waited patiently during the building of the ark, in which a few people - to be specific, eight - were delivered by means of water.
This also prefigures what delivers us now, the water of immersion, which is not the removal of dirt from the body, but one's pledge to keep a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah.
He has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities and powers subject to him.