1Pe 5:10-11 “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. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
Peter’s discourse, up to this point, has said a lot about suffering. We have been instructed to rely on the power of God and our faith in Jesus Christ. We have been assured that we are not alone in our efforts to resist the devil. And now he once again introduces the game-changer: But…God.”
We face trials every day. We have to resist the devil every day. But God is still God, every day! He is the God of all grace. Whatever grace you stand in need of, He has it in bountiful supply. Ask, according to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and you will receive: ask according to the lust of the flesh, and you will not receive (Jas 4:3).
The God of all grace has called us. This word “called,” according to Strong’s, means “to call (properly aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise): – bid, call (forth), (whose, whose sur-) name (was [called]).” God has called us “aloud” in the sense that we “hear” when He calls. We might not recognize the source immediately (1Sam 3:3-9), but we hear the call. That call moves us because He calls us by our name. It is personal to each and every one of us. He has called us unto His eternal glory.
What great joy and awe it brings to us when we are blessed in our worship and praise to witness the glory of God! Do we understand that we are witnesses, even in this world, of His eternal glory? God is eternal and, by His nature, all that pertains to His character is eternal. Even though we are currently creatures bound by time, we still experience the eternal in our fellowship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the instrument God chose to make His glory known to us. Jesus is also the instrument God chose to bring us to Him.
As Peter has already told us, we suffer according to the will of God. Without this suffering, this refining process, we will not be vessels fit for the house of God. But the scripture says we only suffer a while. This word translated as “while,” according to Strong’s means “puny (in extent, degree, number, duration or value).” By men’s standards, the Apostle Paul suffered greatly. Yet, he said the present suffering was nothing compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us (Rom 8:18).
The God of all grace uses our suffering to make us perfect in our reliance on Him. We lack nothing that might be required of us in our service to Him and his people. We are stablished (confirmed) in Him: strengthened in spiritual knowledge and power: settled (given a firm foundation) by Him. We have nothing that pertains to glory that we have not received from God through our Lord, Jesus Christ, and revealed in us by the Holy Spirit! He alone is worthy of glory and dominion.
Glory and dominion is His, regardless of how we feel about it. Peter is not telling us to give Him something that He will not have otherwise. We are being called on to recognize that honor (glory) and strength (dominion) belong to God. Any honor and strength that we might have comes from Him. This is true since before the world began (forever) until after the world shall end (and ever). The closing “Amen” here carries with it the idea that what has gone before is trustworthy and sure.
May we have grace to know that the whole counsel of God is trustworthy and sure!