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Stand Firm

1 Peter 5.12b
By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.
Silvanus apparently served as the secretary to Peter, writing this letter as Peter dictated it. He may then have carried this letter to the churches of Asia Minor. More likely, he took it to the first church from which it was sent along by messengers from one church to another, perhaps along the route implied in 1.1.

Silvanus was a faithful brother to Peter and to other church leaders as well. Silvanus was one of the men chosen to deliver the letter from the Jerusalem Council to the church in Antioch (Acts 15.22). He accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey (Acts 15.40-18.11), was mentioned by Paul in the salutation of his letters to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 1.1; 2 Thessalonians 1.1), and ministered with Timothy in Corinth (2 Corinthians 1.19).

In our verse today, Peter described the reason for his brief letter—to encourage believers and to testify that the glory they would soon enter was the true grace of God. They could rely upon it as fact. The troubles they faced should never make them doubt; instead they should stand firm in that grace. Grace would help them stand firm, and by standing firm they would receive the reward of that grace—glory with Christ.
       
So in this verse and in his exhortation for believers to stand firm, Peter gives to us the basic thrust of his letter: a testimony or witness designed to encourage and exhort the readers to grasp the true grace of God and to recognize that God's grace includes room for suffering and persecution, while at the same time offering strength to endure.

If you are struggling to keep it together today, ask the Lord to give you strength. Ask Him to empower you to stand firm in His true grace. He will, and He will do it for His glory and for your everlasting good!

Pastor Jeff
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