Notes – 1 Peter 5:10-11

Here are the notes for the first devotion on 1 Peter 5:10-11 I posted here.

1 Peter 5:10-11 Devotion

1 Peter 5:10-11 (NASB)

10 – After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

11 – To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

My background in choosing this as my life verse:

When I was 17, a senior in high school, I had surgery on my left hand and my right shoulder. I tore the tendon on my left ring finger from the bone and my shoulder was destroyed from playing sports with it subluxed. The capsule, rotator cuff, tendons and muscles in and around my shoulder were all damaged and I currently have hardware in my shoulder to help keep it in place.

For both of these I had to go through physical therapy. So I thought this was a good analogy for what I was going through. That after suffering through therapy, which over all is a short time. Then my injuries would heal and I’ll become stronger. In reality my shoulder and hand are weaker then they were before the injuries. So let’s dig deeper and see that these verses are more then the Bible version of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Verse Break Down:

“After you have suffered for a little while”

We have this statement, “After you have suffered for a little while.” It’s not that you might suffer, but after you have suffered.

“the God of all grace”

God’s grace is sufficient, we can not do anything without God’s grace, it is God’s grace that saves us.

“who called you to His eternal glory in Christ”

Called to God’s glory, our purpose as Christians is to glorify God.

“will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

Maturing as a Christian

“To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

God is sovereign

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Thoughts that aren’t continuous:

Examples suffering:

  • 2 Samuel 12 – David, Sin

  • Job – Loss of possessions, boils, loss of children (God allows suffering)

  • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 – Paul’s thorn, may have been suffering of the flesh (grace is sufficient)

  • 2 Timothy 4:14 – Alexander the coppersmith did Paul much harm;

  • Disciplines the one He loves Hebrew 12

Other Christian’s suffering

  • 1 Peter 5:9 – But resist him [the Devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

Christ suffering

  • Luke 22:42 – Jesus was in agony before being betrayed, sweating blood

  • Matthew 27, Mark 15 – Crucifixion

  • Hebrew 12:2 – Christ endured the cross

  • 1 Peter 4:1 – Christ suffered in the flesh

We not only have a God who understands our temptations, Jesus being tempted in as we were. But also He was betrayed, beaten, mocked and executed in one of the most painful ways.

Suffer so we can encourage others: 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-5

Psalm 33 ???

Romans 8:18

Philippians 3

JAMES 5:10-12

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John MacArthur

“Dominion (kratos) actually signifies strength, and here denotes God’s ability to dominate, to have everything in the universe under His sovereign and unassailable control.”

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Conclusion:

These verses have changed in how they apply to my life.

I can sit here and tell you that even though God gave me a child who was mentally disabled, physically disabled and deformed, that did not make it to his first birthday. I believe this fully.

This isn’t scripture that promises healing from physical pain and hardship. It is Peter praying, knowing that being Christians we will suffer. That in and after our suffering we have a God that cares about us and takes a personal interest in us. That He will take our suffering and mean it for good. That He will strengthen our faith, set us on the right path and give us a foundation so that we can stand firm in our faith in Jesus. That we are called to His glory not our own.

That Our God is sovereign, loving and powerful and that He worthy to be praised.

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Outline

1 Peter 5:10-11 (NASB)

10 – After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

11 – To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

  1. Pray for help from God, a loose throat and leading of the Holy Spirit. Thank God for this opportunity to stretch and grow me

  2. Read verse

  3. Intro:

    1. High school senior

    2. Went through two surgeries

    3. Picked for my senior quote

  4. Historical context of 1 Peter

    1. Written 62-64 AD

    2. Nero was emperor and persecuting Christians

    3. Theme

      1. Christians are transient, this Earth is not our home.

      2. Christians will suffer

      3. Christ’s suffering is an example to Christians

  5. Read verse again then break it down

  6. “After you have suffered for a little while”

    1. God allows suffering

      1. God is sovereign

      2. If God did not allow for suffering we would have a weak God

      3. 1 Peter 5:11 – “To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

      4. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – We suffer in our affliction, so that we might comfort others

    2. Examples of suffering

      1. 2 Samuel 12 – David suffered because of his sin

      2. Job – God allowed Job to suffer (James 5:11)
      3. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 – Paul’s thorn, may have been suffering of the flesh

      4. 2 Timothy 4:14 – Alexander the coppersmith did Paul much harm

      5. 1 Peter 5:9 – Persecution of Christians

    3. Christ Suffering

      1. Peter mentions Christ suffering

        1. 1 Peter 1:11 – Christ’s suffering was predicted

        2. 1 Peter 2:21 – Christ suffered for us

        3. 1 Peter 3:18 – Christ died for us, “the just for the unjust”

        4. 1 Peter 4:1 – Christ suffered in the flesh, an example for us

        5. 1 Peter 4:13 – Christians share in the suffering of Christ

        6. 1 Peter 5:1 – Peter witnessed the sufferings of Christ

  7. “the God of all grace

    1. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 – God’s grace is sufficient

    2. Ephesians 2:8-9 – Saved by God’s grace

    3. 1 Peter 4:10 – Be stewards of God’s grace with gifts he has given us.

  8. who called you to His eternal glory in Christ

    1. Prime purpose of man is to glorify God

    2. 1 Peter 4:11 – In all things God should be glorified

    3. David Guzik writes: “ iii. We are called us to His eternal glory; but what does this glory entail?

      1. – It is the glory of purified character.

      2. – It is the glory of perfected humanity.

      3. – It is the glory of complete victory.

      4. – It is the glory of being honored by a King.

      5. – It is the glory of reflecting the glory of God.

      6. – It is the glory of the immediate and constant presence of God.

      7. – It is the glory of the enjoyment of God Himself.“

  9. “will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

    1. God will personally help us in our suffering

      1. Perfect (G2675)

        1. Make fit or complete

      2. Confirm (G4741)

        1. Make stable, strengthen

      3. Strengthen (G4599)

        1. Only used once in the New Testament

        2. To make strong in a spiritual sense

      4. Establish (G2311)

        1. To lay a foundation

    2. Maturing as a Christian

      1. We should see these things happen in our own life as we mature in the faith

      2. We know that God is the Perfecter of our faith

        1. Hebrews 12:2 – fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

      3. We are called to stand firm in our faith

        1. 1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

      4. James echo’s this, that trials should grow our faith in Christ

        1. James 1:2-4 – Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
          knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
          And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

  10. “To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

    1. Our God is sovereign

    2. We do not suffer because can’t help us

    3. God is in control even in our suffering

    4. John MacArthur writes: “Dominion (kratos) actually signifies strength, and here denotes God’s ability to dominate, to have everything in the universe under His sovereign and unassailable control.”

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Conclusion:

These verses have changed in how they apply to my life.

I can sit here and tell you that even though God gave me a child who was mentally disabled, physically disabled and deformed, that did not make it to his first birthday. I believe this fully.

This isn’t scripture that promises healing from physical pain and hardship. It is Peter praying, knowing that being Christians we will suffer. That in and after our suffering we have a God that cares about us and takes a personal interest in us. That He will take our suffering and mean it for good. That He will strengthen our faith, set us on the right path and give us a foundation so that we can stand firm in our faith in Jesus. That we are called to His glory not our own.

That Our God is sovereign, loving and powerful and that He worthy to be praised.

Grandpa’s Message

This past Thanksgiving, I was able to have breakfast with Grandma and Grandpa. During our conversation John 14:2 came up and Grandpa shared how he liked the way the KJV worded the verse, that “In My Father’s house are many mansions…” while other translations use “dwelling place” or “rooms.” He shared that this wording gave even more glory to God, as it so wondrous, that in heaven a house would be filled with mansions. You could almost see his architect mind trying to work out how one would fit mansions inside of a mansion.

So today I share in honor of my Grandpa John 14:1-6, reading from the New King James Version.

[Jhn 14:1-6 NKJV] 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, [there] you may be also. 4 “And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

To give you context, this is the night of Jesus is arrested. Jesus is going to be crucified the very next day. He is going to experience one of the most excruciating physical deaths, and be sacrificed for the sins of the world, our sins, in less than 24 hours. Yet He still takes time to comfort His disciples, and in this time of loss we can find comfort in Jesus’ words also.

  • [Jhn 14:1 NKJV] 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

    • We do not have to be troubled, because of our faith in God. When we face trails, adversity or times like today, the loss of a loved one. We can find comfort in our Lord Jesus Christ.

    • [Psa 18:2 NKJV] 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

    • We can find rest, comfort and peace in our God

  • [Jhn 14:2-4 NKJV] 2 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, [there] you may be also. 4 “And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

    • Christ is going to leave them soon, He is going to be crucified. But in doing so He is lovingly preparing a place for them, for believers, in Heaven.

    • That when we pass or on Christ’s return we as Christians have a place in heaven for us. It will be a loving homecoming being united with Christ for eternity.

    • That is the reason for Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, to restore fellowship with us, that through the shedding of His blood we can be made clean. That where He is in heaven we may be also.

  • [Jhn 14:5-6 NKJV] 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

    • I like Thomas, he asks the questions that I would be embarrassed to asked. Jesus just told His disciples that they know the way. But here Thomas honestly admits that they do not know where Jesus is going, so how could they know the way?

    • Thankfully Jesus answers them clearly: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

  • There is so much packed in that statement by Jesus.

    • “I am” in the Greek “egō eimi.” Here Jesus is saying He is God, that He is the same God that appeared to Moses in the burning bush, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That He is the God of Israel.

    • That because He is the truth, that He is the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him.

    • That He, Jesus, is the only way to heaven.

    • [Act 4:12 NKJV] 12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Conclusion:

My Grandpa lived a “good” life. He worked hard from a young age on the dairy farm. He was a veteran, willing to serve this country and put his life on the line for a country that was not his home. He was a faithful husband, a caring father, a loving grandfather, a joyful great grandfather. But the life grandpa lived was not why he is now in heaven. Grandpa is in heaven because of faith in Christ Jesus.

You see without faith in God, we cannot even please God.

[Heb 11:6 NKJV] 6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He [God] is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

And just one sin, one little sin is enough to separate us from the Holy God.

[Rom 3:23 NKJV] 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

And

[Rom 6:23 NKJV] 23 For the wages of sin [is] death, but the gift of God [is] eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Salvation is God’s gift, a gift that we cannot earn.

[Eph 2:8-9 NKJV] 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

That it is only by Christ’s work on the cross, Christ’s death and resurrection, conquering death and sin that we might be saved. For Jesus is the way, Jesus is the truth, and Jesus is the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. If you are here and you are like Thomas, you know that you do not know the way, that you are unsure of your place after death. I ask that you examine yourself, with the knowledge that there is nothing you can do to save yourself. That you have, that we all have, fallen short of perfection. That there is no one that can measure up to the Holy God.

But know that God is also a loving God. That through Christ Jesus He has a plan to redeem us. Roman’s 10:9 and 10 says:

[Rom 10:9-10 NKJV] 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

And that God is faithful to forgive and heal us.

[1Jo 1:9 NKJV] 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It is because of these things, because of Christ’s work in my Grandpa that we can celebrate his life and death. That through the sorrow of loosing him, through the pain and tears, we as Christians can still have joy. Joy in our salvation, joy in that we will be reunited with grandpa and Christ in heaven.

Amen.

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