1 Peter 5

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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