Text: 1 Peter 5:6-14 | Listen to Message
Peter concludes his first letter by showing us how to live in light of the grace and peace of Christ that is already ours.
- “Because you are born again to a living hope through the death and resurrection of Jesus . . . ”
- “Because you are called, chosen, and cleansed by Christ . . . ”
- “Because the end of all things is at hand and you are about to share in the glory and reward of Christ forever . . . ”
- “Because the One who establishes your faith possesses all dominion forever and ever . . . ”
Therefore, rest, resist, and remain.
Rest: If Christ himself will hold you fast forever, what are you so anxious about? “Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares for you.” If the Gospel is true, stop carrying around your backpack of worries, concerns, and frets. Stop stressing over your finances, your job situation, your health scare, or your kids. Hurl those concerns to Christ and entrust yourself to his grace and peace. He’s already written the end of the story!
Resist: If Christ has defeated Satan and set you free from the power of sin, why do you go on living as a pawn who’s constantly manipulated and enticed by the devil’s tactics? “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him.” If the Gospel is true, stop acting like a hapless victim. Wise up. Stay vigilant. And fight back in the strength that God supplies.
Remain: If Christ is your living hope, and he’s preparing for you an eternal weight of glory beyond compare, where else are you going to go for a better promise? If he himself is at work to “restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” on a foundation that can never fail you, then “stand firm in your faith and in the true grace of God.” If the Gospel is true, you were made to find your identity, satisfaction, freedom, and joy in Christ. Don’t wander. Stand fast.