3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 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, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:3-5).
God is not only eternally merciful and eternally generous, He is also eternally protective. Our inheritance, or eternal salvation from God, is not some inanimate object we receive when once we arrive in heaven. Rather our salvation, our complete and future deliverance from sin, is linked together with our individual and personal souls. They are joined as one. So when we say that God is eternally protective, it is not “what” He is protecting, but rather “who.” He is protecting us.
First, God is protecting believers in Christ by His power. God is keeping or protecting each believer. This is particularly significant when you consider the believers Peter specifically had in mind were those who were being persecuted. God wanted them, and us, to know that regardless of the trials we encounter here on earth, we are eternally protected and our salvation is secure. No one can steal that away, no matter what our enemies endeavor to do.
This protection is through the faith we have in Jesus Christ. Our trust in, dependence upon, commitment to and worship of Christ as Savior and Lord will soon be revealed and we will comprehend our salvation at that time it in all its fullness. This will occur when Jesus returns and He delivers believers from all that oppose us.
Once again, may each of us rejoice that our troubles here do not begin to compare to the eternal salvation we have in Christ. Read today Revelation 19-22.
Soli deo Gloria!