Your Wife Is an Heir of the Universe

1 Peter 3:7, Part 3

If your wife loves Jesus, you are living with a queen of the universe, an heir of infinite glory. You should be amazed that you get to live with her. In this lab, John Piper explores the beauty and glory of a believing wife, and discusses the implications for husbands.

Principle for Bible Reading

All theology is practical, but the practical edge of particular truths or verses are not always readily apparent. It takes time and thought to see how or why the truths should inspire us to live differently. In this case, John stops to study why understanding certain things about our wives would cause us to treat them differently. In doing so, he searches a couple of key terms in Peter’s writing.

Study Questions

  1. What does it mean for a believing wife to be an “heir” (1 Peter 3:7)? Read 1 Peter 1:3–5 to further clarify what Peter might mean using it here.
  2. When Peter says that these wives are heirs “of grace,” what might he mean? Where else does he talk about grace in this letter, and how does that help you understand this verse?
  3. What implications are there for husbands? How does what we learn here about wives motivate or equip them to love their wives differently?

Introduction/Prayer/Recap (00:00–02:50)

Daughters of the King of the Universe (02:50–04:58)

  • What does it mean that our wives are “heirs of the grace of life” (1 Peter 3:7)?
  • Peter has already mentioned this inheritance earlier in the letter — “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading.” (1 Peter 1:4)
  • This inheritance has come to us because we have been born again by God’s mercy. We are now his children, and therefore heirs of all he has, meaning everything. (1 Peter 1:3)
  • Therefore, the woman you live with, if she’s a Christian, is an heir of everything in the universe. (1 Peter 3:7)

Heirs of Grace (04:58–06:54)

  • Peter says our wives are heirs of grace. (1 Peter 3:7)
  • Peter has already said that we should set our hope on the grace being brought to us at the second coming of Jesus. (1 Peter 1:13)
  • What does that look like? Those who suffer with Christ now have received a grace to rejoice joy and when Christ’s glory is revealed in the end. (1 Peter 4:13)
  • This grace includes everything that eternal life in the glory of the risen, reigning, and returning Christ implies.

Praise and Glory and Honor to Her (06:54–08:04)

  • The glory our wives will see in the last day — “as heirs of grace” — will not just be Christ’s, but their own. (1 Peter 3:7)
  • Peter promises “praise and glory and honor” to our believing wives at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6–7)
  • These things are the results of a tested, genuine faith in Jesus.

Honor Women Like These (08:04–09:57)

  • Husbands, your wife is a daughter of the King of the universe.
  • She will inherit everything he owns.
  • She will receive it all as grace when Jesus returns in glory.
  • She will even have a glory of her own because of her faith.
  • Husbands, you are living with a queen of the universe, an heir of infinite glory. You should be amazed that you get to live with her.