1 Peter 5

1 Peter 5:8

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

(a) Your adversary, the devil, is a defeated and disarmed enemy. The only way he can defeat you is by deceiving you and filling you with fear and anxiety. Your enemy will tell you that God is angry with you or that you are beyond the reach of his grace. “You have committed the unforgivable sin and God won’t accept you.” Ignore his damnable lies; listen to Jesus. Do what Peter says in the previous verse and cast all your anxiety on the Lord who cares for you.

(b) Like a roaring lion seeking. What sort of lion roars while it seeks its prey? This toothless lion is trying to frighten you because that’s his only trick.

1 Peter 5:9

But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

Resist him, firm in your faith. We wage spiritual war by standing firm in the faith.

Spiritual warfare for the Christian is less about shouting at the devil and more about believing that Jesus is Lord over whatever situation we face (1 Cor. 15:57). Unbelief says we must engage the enemy and fight for the victory, but faith declares that Jesus has already won. Unbelief cowers before the name of the adversary, whether it’s disease, debt, or depression. But faith exalts the Name that is above every name.

1 Peter 5:10

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

(a) The God of all grace. All love and grace originates with God. Grace is what the unconditional love of God looks like from our side. Grace is love come down.

Manmade religion portrays God as an angry deity who can be bought off with sacrifices and good works. But the God of all grace that Jesus revealed sits on a throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) and blesses us out of the abundance of his grace for no other reason than he loves us (Eph. 2:7). Since grace is the defining characteristic of a good God, grace is the defining characteristic of Christianity. Grace is what makes the new covenant new and the good news good news.

(b) Will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. We are saved and kept by grace.

Most Christians know that it is on account of God’s grace that we are saved (Acts 15:11, Eph. 2:8, 2 Tim. 1:9), forgiven (Eph. 1:7), justified (Rom. 3:24, Tit. 3:7) and made alive with Christ (Eph. 2:5). But they not fully appreciate that all of God’s blessings come by grace (Eph. 1:3). Grace builds us up (Acts 20:32), empowers us to do good works (Gal. 2:9), makes us fruitful (Col. 1:6), and prospers us (2 Cor. 8:9, 9:8). Grace gives us hope (2 Th. 2:6) and enables us to reign in life (Rom. 5:21). Grace is not merely for “sinners” and those outside the kingdom. Grace is for all of us.

1 Peter 5:12

Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!

The true grace of God refers to the goodwill, lovingkindness, and favor of God that is freely given to us so that we may partake in his divine life. See entry for Grace of God.

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