1 Peter 5:12-14 1 minutes to read

1 Peter 5:12-14

By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

As Peter concludes his letter he shares some personal thoughts and he highlights that he has written this short letter to “exhort and declare that this is the true grace of God.” He is putting his personal stamp of approval on “this”, the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the gospel that is the true grace of God.

Knowing that this gospel of grace is true, we can stand firm in the midst of trials. It is not our own efforts that get us through trying times. It is the grace of God through Jesus Christ. It is not our good works that cause us to stand but his. Jesus is the only one who could stand true and live righteously and he offers his life to us. His death was grace as well, a sufficient substitution for our sin debt to God. He offers this payment to us. He also rose from the dead testifying to the power of God over sin and death. He offers this resurrection power to us. This is the gospel, the good news, which comes by grace through Jesus Christ.

It is because of this gospel of grace that Peter can say to his friends in exile, “peace to all of you who are in Christ.” When we are “in Christ” we have a permanent relationship that transcends our temporary struggles.

Reflection

Are you “in Christ”? Have you received this true grace of God that provides the confidence and power to stand firm in these difficult times?

Prayer

May I stand firm in the true grace of God in Christ in my difficult times. I declare that the Good News of Jesus Christ is the source of my strength to weather the storms of life. Being in relationship with Jesus is the best news I have ever heard and it brings peace to my soul regardless of my ever-changing circumstances.