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1 Peter 5:10 – Called to Glory in Christ

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1 Peter 5:10

“10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”

Peter had the grace message. During difficult times he reminded the believers that God’s grace would see them through. He is the God of all grace. I find it troubling when believers today don’t recognize the grace message. It’s been the message since Jesus chose Paul to deliver it. We are saved by grace and we live by grace. We don’t live by works or law or something else. The New Covenant is the covenant of grace. God is the grace God.

By His grace we have an eternal calling. The phrase “by Christ Jesus” is better translated “in Christ Jesus”. In Christ we have assurance of a place in eternal glory. This is a common theme with the apostles and Paul in particular. The church was under heavy persecution. Many of the believers suffered under this oppression. This Peter said would only last a little while and that the God of grace would see them through it. But as Peter and Paul would always remind those who were suffering for being a Christian, they have an eternal place with Jesus in glory. This world is only temporary. Heaven is our home, and we have that assurance because of Jesus. Though many Christians were martyrs for making a stand of faith, they were going to a better place. They had this wonderful promise that being absent from the body is being present with the Lord in Glory (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Even with this suffering for their faith, God had a promise. “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” (1 Peter 5:10 NLT). Even during the worst of times, God’s grace would restore, support, strengthen, and keep their feet firming planted. His grace is sufficient for everything that comes our way. Look for God’s promise of grace when you face trials of your faith.