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 God's Shield Of Protection - 1 Peter 1:5


The following is part of my "Living In An Anti-Christ Culture". Click this link to read the whole book.   


1 Peter 1:5 states, "Through faith you are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed at the last day". 


Again, think this through.  Put yourself in the shoes of the suffering saints to whom Peter is writing.  You've just witnessed the rape and torture of your neighbor's wife by ruthless pagan soldiers.  A flash of fear suddenly strikes you as you hear the knock on your door.  Is your wife next?  Would you seriously wonder where God's shield of protection is in such a situation? 


The lesson to be learned here is that God's shield of protection doesn't guarantee the protection of our material possessions, including our material bodies.  In the context in which Peter writes, God's shield protects our saved souls, our inheritance in Heaven, and all that Jesus has for us when He returns on that last day.    


We should know in advance that if we experience suffering due to our allegiance to the Lord Jesus, we may lose things we now hold dear.  What we won't lose is our salvation and the life to come.  Peter would have agreed with the apostle Paul who put it this way.  "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, and what is unseen is eternal". (2 Corinthians 4:18)  No one can take this unseen world away from the Christian.  Every day it penetrates our lives with the needed strength as we stand in the center of the conflict. 


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