1 Peter 5:9-11 - The Verses Project

Bible 1 Peter 5:9-11

Posted June 26, 2012

9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

This week's verse is a continuation from last week, which ended reminding us that our adversary the devil prowls around like a lion seeking someone to devour. What's our response to this truth?

To "resist him". We are in a battle and the enemy is real. How do you resist him? By being "firm in your faith". Simply possessing abstract faith is not the point, but rather the object of our faith is essential (namely placing our faith in God of the created the universe who sent us His Son Jesus)! Put your trust in Him, he is faithful. May we know, believe, treasure, & trust in God's promises! What's the alternative to this? It seems that it'd be to not resist and rather give into Satan's temptations, becoming faithless, or perhaps better put, placing your faith in something other than God (that will ultimately let you down). Consider James 4:10 which says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." This is a promise that we can lay hold of in God's strength.

Peter was also very aware of the great suffering his readers were going through because of their faith. He went on to say that "the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world." They were not alone. We are not alone. Not only is God with you, but others from your family of faith are suffering alongside you.

Peter finally reminds his readers that there's an end in sight ("after you have suffered a little while"). God doesn't necessarily instantly remove us from suffering, but promises to do so one day. While we don't know precisely how long this time will be (this life or the next), compared to the eternal joys that are ours in Christ, they are indeed just a little while. How does the struggle pass? The God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself "restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish" us. These four verbs seem to emphasize how thorough his rescue will be! God Himself will accomplish this. Peter so appropriately ends with a statement of praise: "To him be dominion forever and ever, amen."

Let faith build for the one who is faithful to complete the work he started in us...

If you want to explore this verse a little more, please read http://fighterverses.com/blog-post/after-a-little-while/.

The song for this week was written by Christopher Clark and recorded & produced by Dustin Ragland.