An old sign hung in my parent’s house for years. Growing up, I never understood what it meant, or what it was for. All I knew is that it also had also hung in my great-grandparent’s home, and it reminded my dad of his fun summer vacation days visiting their Kentucky home.
“Kept by the power of God.”
I assumed it meant something good, but after being immersed in 1 Peter for months, I get it.
I am kept; all I am, all I have, and I will be hinges on one thing.
This week in our study, we read through the book of 1 Peter. What a rich set of verses! As we fly over the book for a bird’s eye view, here are a few themes we will all discover together over the weeks to come. What rich truths we have to claim!
Here are four transformational truths weaved throughout the book of 1 Peter. All of these truths are dependent on the power of God in our lives!
Keep focused on Christ.
Life is hard. Scripture promises it will be harder for those who follow Christ, but I have not been sent into the fire alone.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21 ESV)
Jesus is my example of how to walk through any fire my loving Father allows. Even though Christ desired to avoid unnecessary suffering, He chose to walk into the fire, confident it was His Father’s good plan.
The Father knew best; the son obeyed perfectly.
Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus.
Eternal security is possible.
In a world full of broken promises and shattered dreams, it is hard to imagine any sort of commitment lasting for eternity. There is much debate—even in Christian circles—as to whether or not a covenantal relationship with God can be broken.
We won’t get very far in our study before we hear Peter’s heart on this.
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is IMPERISHABLE, UNDEFILED, and UNFADING, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
(1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV)
I am chosen. An adopted child of God. Royalty. That can’t be undone!
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (John 10:29 ESV)
I am kept safely in His powerful hands.
Persevere through the race.
Endurance to the end of this difficult race of obedient living is proof of the keeping power of God in my life. Not because I am the super-Christian, but because He has enabled me to finish this race well. Even when I am weary and want to give up, His strong hands keep me like a parent keeping their little one safely on the swing.
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded . . . by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:7,11 ESV)
Perseverance doesn’t mean I never stumble and fall, it means I get up—by the strength that God supplies—and start running again!
Tell of God’s glory through obedient living.
I have choices to make. These choices do not lead to my salvation—I am already eternally secure in Christ, remember? But if my life looks no different next year than it does today there is a problem.
“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct…”(1 Peter 1:14-15 ESV)
I must remember I am still on this earth for a purpose—to make God known through reflecting His holiness! The way I live my life, raise my children, love my husband, and serve my community is all an opportunity to show off the holiness of Christ and the power of His work in my life.
Do you believe you are eternally secure in Christ?
Are you going through a difficult time and need to refocus your eyes on Christ?
Did you read 1 Peter this week? What did you see in your “fly over” of the book?