Thought I would try a thread to actually have a thread on a Bible study since that is what this portion of the BB is about. How many apologists do you know that will speak on this verse to either justify their "ministry" (not a huge fan btw) or to encourage others to be mini-apologists too? I hear it all the time. I even have a buddy of mine who is getting caught up into the whole realm (w/ guys like Bruggencate) and talk about the command to give a defense. So I studied it. Let me ask first, does anyone really know the context of what Peter is talking about broadly in 1 Peter and specifically in the verses around v. 15? Generally it is about persecution (among other things) and specifically persecution for good works. Nothing at all, except maybe the very initial part of the paragraph back in 3:10 which is referring to speaking evil and lies, is about what you say. Rather it is all about turning from evil, seeking peace, against doing evil, zealous for what is good, suffer for righteousness sake, sanctifying the Lord in your hearts, slandering you for your good behavior, and suffer for doing good. These are all thoughts about actions not defending the faith with arguments. So the one time in the middle of this passage a "defense" is mentioned (απολογια), one must wonder what the content of that consists of. Likely, it is just a gospel explanation of why your living is so radically different. Luke quoting Paul used the same word (where we get our word apology or apologetic) in Acts 22:1 where Paul's defense is simply a gospel presentation of his conversion experience. And then we look at the text in 1 Pet. 3:15 and realize that it is not even a command. There is no verb in the clause (unless you consider the substantival participle for "the ones asking" a verb). The term "ready" is an adjective with the adverb "always" describing it. Then you have the prepositional phrase "with an answer". If we follow the context of doing good works, this verse is not about giving a defense for the faith. It is about presenting the gospel! Let's take back 1 Pet. 3:15 from the apologists and give it back to the evangelists, i.e. every Christian who is to be living so vastly different that a warning is due your strange life-style... you may have to tell them what is different about you and give the gospel. Be ready for that! Be ready to suffer and be ready to give the gospel!!! The application to be made here is that perhaps you are not being questioned about your lifestyle b/c you have yet to "sanctify the Lord in your heart" and visibly shown Jesus to the world in your actions and lifestyle. Until your actions are deemed "good", only then will you need to be ready for questions about why and be ready to give the gospel. What say you. Is this exegesis sound?