What would your last words to be to your family or friends?
Bob Marley said: Money can’t buy life.
Karl Marx the philosopher said: Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.
Leonardo Da Vinci the artist said: I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.
Jane Austen said: ‘I want nothing but death.’
DL Moody, the American evangelist, said: ‘Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now.’ Wonderful words to be remembered by, recently said by Billy Graham too.
As Peter signs off on his letter, his last words to us tell us the reason he has written (1 Peter 5:12):
With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
The Christian life is about standing fast in the true grace of God.
Peter has encouraged us in the true grace of God in his letter. Take a moment this week to re-read all five chapters of 1 Peter to soak in the true grace of God.
Peter doesn’t want us to forfeit or be disqualified from the true grace of God. And so his exhortation has been:
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. (1 Peter 1:13; see also 4:7; and 5:8)
Don’t lose sight of the end. Last things must be first. While we wait we will suffer, mocked, and persecuted for our hope in Jesus coming again. We will be tempted to throw it all for the things of this world. We MUST remember nothing in this world compares, or even comes close, to God’s grace. We must stand firm.
Get this though, standing firm doesn’t depend on us. Just prior to his final greetings, Peter reminds us who our God is (1 Peter 5:10–11):
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
See who your God is…
He is all grace; He loves you and cares for you.
He called you to his eternal glory in Christ. See the contrast in verse 10? We suffer for him for a little while now, but compare that to the eternal glory that is ours in Christ. God offers eternal glory.
He will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. God himself will make us stand fast.
Can God really do all this?
Of course, because look at verse 11:
To him be the power for ever and ever.
Nothing can stop him, he is all powerful for all ages. God is all powerful. He has us safe in his hands: strong, firm, and steadfast.
Don’t walk away from God and forfeit eternity with him. Stand fast with him. Stand fast in the true grace of God.
Peace in Christ, Tory.