To Him Be Glory and Dominion (Chapter 5:10-14)
God chose us, he called us, we have the privilege of being his people. He put within us the indestructible principle of grace. He will finish the good work he has begun (Philippians 1:6). He will bring us to perfection, full maturity v10. He will stablish, strengthen and settle you, God himself will do this. You have other brethren in other parts of the world who are suffering to v9. You are not alone, you belong to the fellowship of God’s saints the world over. In times of affliction we need to remember the gospel, what it is. “For God hat not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that. whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him” (1Thessalonians 5:9-10). His glory hangs on this, he cannot and will not fail because he will go to the utmost lengths to protect and promote his own glory. And he will have glory and dominion forever v11, through his blood-bought church, through you. Think, ponder, wonder at the privilege that is yours a child of God, and what you have been caught up into. He could have left you, passed you by, but he washed, you saved you, sanctified you. For his own glory.
Peter signs of his letter with words of exhortation and greeting. He refers to the church in Rome (Babylon), situated in Nero’s capital city, he who is the cause of the churches suffering. Peter salutes every believer who hears or reads his letter. His benediction of peace is not empty v14. For that peace belongs to all who connected by faith to Jesus Christ. They have peace because he made peace by the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:20 ). We have peace with God and the peace of God. All the result of grace, God’s free, sovereign grace. We may, we will suffer in this world, but be of good cheer (John 16:33). Jesus, our Saviour has overcome the world. Hallelujah!
(© James R Hamilton, written May, 1998)