1 Peter 5:10
New Living Translation
10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
1 Peter 5:10, NIV: “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.”
And the God who saved all by grace, calling you to his eternal glory in Christ, in all the suffering for a little while that you’ve gone through will also be the one himself to restore you and also make you strong, he will establish and support you with a firm foundation and restore you and settle you in steadfast love
What Does 1 Peter 5:10 Mean? ►
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.
1 Peter 5:10(NASB)
We discover that the aging apostle Peter, who denied His Lord at the start of his Christian walk, came to an understanding that suffering precedes glory in the life of a believer, sadness comes before joy, and the darkest night of mourning will finally turn into the brightest noon-day sun, “for after you have suffered for a little while,” Peter informs his readers, “After you have suffered… the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
Peter made it clear that suffering was inevitable, unavoidable, and inescapable. Suffering as a Christian is not a matter of choice but the certain consequence of our faith in Christ. Jesus entered this world as the suffering Servant of God. It had been prophesied that He would be despised and rejected, wounded and ill-treated, maligned and beaten, unjustly tried and cruelly crucified.
Jesus told His disciples shortly before His death, “They hated me without a cause,” and continued, “and if they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also.” But after the Cross… at the close of His earthly sojourn, with its humiliation and sufferings, came Christ’s resurrection, ascension, and glorification, and with it came ‘an eternal weight of glory’.
The Lord Jesus Himself learned obedience by the things He suffered and after His time of suffering, Christ came into His eternal glory and willingly and joyfully shares it with all who trust in His name. Peter also came to understand more fully, that after we have experienced suffering for a little while, God in His grace will perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish us.
Although suffering is not something we relish, God has promised to strengthen and support us, to restore and establish us, and to bring us into HIS eternal glory, in Christ. James regarded those who endured suffering as ‘blessed’, while Paul considered that, “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” To the end of his life, Paul’s passionate cry was, “that I may know HIM. That I may know CHRIST, and the power of His resurrection. That I may fellowship with Jesus in His sufferings – and be made conformable unto His death.”
Like Paul and the other apostles, Peter was ready and willing to identify with Christ’s suffering and warned us not to be surprised at any fiery ordeal we face, or consider them strange… because life’s difficulties and dangers are there to test us. God uses them to strengthen our faith. Peter reminded us that when we suffer for Christ, we share in HIS sufferings – we identify with HIM, just as He identified with us.
OH… we are not sharing in His sacrificial work on the Cross – NEVER!! for Christ ALONE paid the price for our sin. But we share in His humiliation. We participate in His suffering because we are His Body – the Body of Christ. Today we have to suffer a little. Today we have to share in the sufferings of Christ, BUT, “we rejoice, in the revelation of His glory. We rejoice with exultation.. for after we have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, Who called us to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us.” HALLELUJAH what a Saviour!
Suffering with Christ is simply a portal which translates His blood-bought believers into His eternal joy, and as sinners saved by grace, we have peace with God for the forgiveness of sin and the peace of God in our heart. And a day is coming when we will greatly rejoice with all of His saints in heaven.
Although we are in the world we are not part of the world for we are positioned in Christ, members of His body, and inheritors of His eternal glory. We are one with our Lord… and on the same night that He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus prayed for ALL His followers. He prayed for YOU and He prayed for ME. He did not pray that God would remove us from the inevitable sufferings of this world. He prayed the Father would keep us safe in this age, as we journey through our earthly path.
Peter, like the apostle Paul, had come to understand that weeping may last for a night, but joy is certain to come in the morning. First, we must bear the cross before we will wear the glorious crown. Peter’s prayer was that Christ’s followers would be firmly established in both faith and duty, despite the difficulties that would inevitably arise in our lives – for Peter knew that all those called by God’s kindness and grace will one day partake in His eternal glory and joy.
Peter knew that those who are heirs of the kingdom and joint-heirs with Christ must first suffer a little while. But he also knew that suffering has eternal benefits for it establishes, strengthens, perfects, and matures the believer, as he grows in grace and as he perseveres on his journey to his celestial home.
Peter KNEW these truths and we must ask ourselves – do I?
What does 1 Peter 5:10 mean?
Christians have bene promised an end to suffering. Suffering in this life will happen, but it will end, for those who have faith in Christ. Not only that, believers will be “restored” from all the harm done to us. This verse captures much of Peter’s letter in one powerful sentence. Peter repeats that suffering is real, especially for those who are persecuted for trusting in Christ. But all Christians suffer in various ways. We cannot expect our salvation to eliminate pain and heartache on this side of eternity. Rather, eternal salvation means that suffering will one day come to an end, and end forever.
Our God is the God of all grace, which is unearned favor. By His grace, He has saved us from the price of our sin, which is eternal death, separated from God in hell. This is possible only through faith in Jesus Christ. By His grace, God has called us to share in His glory in Christ forever. That is the destiny of every believer.
What will that eternity be like? Peter mentions four things. God will restore or perfect us. He will make us strong, firm, and established. We may feel weak now. We can sense ourselves being worn out and diminished, watch as all our opportunities and prospects in this life shrink away. But once our God calls us home, God will restore every lost thing of value, and much more. He will make us strong and secure forever.
That’s His promise. That’s what’s coming, for those who put their faith in Him.
1 Peter 5:1–11 gives specific instructions to elders about how to lead the flock of God willingly, eagerly, and by their own example. All of us must live in humility toward each other and toward God, who opposes the proud. In humility, we cast our anxieties on the Father who cares for us. In alertness, we are to remain clear-minded, looking out for our enemy the devil who seeks to destroy us. We resist him by focusing on staying firm in our faith and trusting God to keep His promises.
Peter concludes his letter to the scattered Christians in Asia Minor with specific instructions. Primarily, these are targeted at those in the role of elder, about how to lead. He also provides counsel for all believers on living in humility toward each other and toward God. In humility, we wait and trust God to exalt us in His time. In humility, we cast our cares on Him. But we’re also called to remain alert, watching out for the devil and resisting him by focusing on staying firm in our faith. After this brief life of suffering, our God will bring our suffering to an end and make us strong forever.