Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Meditation on 1 Peter 5.10-11 [Part 4]

‘… The God of all grace,
who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.’
1 Peter 5.10-11 ESV
The final line of this verse reminds us of the place of God in this world. Often we are reminded of the Creation Mandate, that God told Adam that he was to subdue the earth and have dominion over it. This vital directive from the Creator to his creation has been the key to man’s use of the earth.
This verse in 1 Peter is a reminder to us that our use of the earth is, in reality, a stewardship. Our dominion is not for our own benefit, but rather for the benefit of the God of all creation. He is the ruler, his kingdom is sure and eternal.
This phrase is reminiscent of the final phrase added to the end of the model prayer “for yours is the kingdom and power and the glory forever.” God is the one who is the Sovereign over all of what he has made. 
Peter is encouraging that God in calling us will give what we need to accomplish what he has called us to. This final phrase reminds us that God is fully capable of restoring, confirming, strengthening, and establishing us. He is the one to whom everything is subject.
Let us rejoice in his sovereignty, his calling, his gifting. What marvelous grace he bestows on us.

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