#VOTD: Napansin Mo Ba?

This is the NIV passage for 1 Peter 5:10:

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

This is from ESV which is closer to the original language:

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

The truth is I am having difficulty understanding the emphases in the “image verses” regarding this passage. I don’t mind that the emphasis on “grace” and what it means (undeserved kindness) and that we need to remember that it is only by God’s Grace that we can share in His Glory.

But I think that is not the point of this verse here. An exmination of the surrounding verses makes clear that the context is to encourage elders and other believers amidst the suffering that they are going through, possibly as a result of persecution.

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The grace of God here is mentioned as a consolation… like a cool water after a dehydrating walk in the heat of the sun. I chose the featured image (along the title of this post) above for the verse because it is the one that’s closest in portraying the message of the passage.

If there is a Truth that is worthy of emphasis in this passage beyond the context, it’s probably the mention that God’s Glory is in Christ! Otherwise, I pray that readers of the Bible would be conscious of the context of the passages they read, and not just swallow whatever interpretation or teaching is given to them.

After all, we are to love God with all our mind (Mark 12:30) and our Bible readings should never be mind-less or care-less. I pray that, in Jesus’ name!

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