Read Introduction to 1 Peter
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Our salvation is the aim (”for”) of God’s omnipotent protection. We will certainly possess the inheritance of our salvation. Not only does God keep our inheritance for us, we are kept for it!
God guards our “salvation.” The word salvation conveys the double idea of being safe and being made sound. Before we became Christians we were sick unto death, eternal death. The poison of self-will ran hot through our veins. Now that we have come to Christ, God makes us whole before him.
Salvation means negatively, the deliverance from all evil, whether evils of sorrow or evils of sin. However, it means far more than that. God’s salvation is more than saving us from hell. Positively, it is deliverance from the power of sin in our lives.
There are three tenses in the word “salvation” in the Bible: past, present and future.
Past: Jesus, by his blood, paid for all the sins we ever committed and washed them away (Ti 3:5).
Present: We are in the state of being saved from the control of sin in our daily life (I Co 1:18).
Future: We will one day be ultimately saved from all moral and physical evil (Ro 8:23,24).
God’s power saves us from the penalty, power and presence of sin.
God’s power completely saves us.
If you are not a Christian, God will save you from the penalty of sin (eternal separation from God). If you trust in the death of Christ on the cross to forgive your sins, God will forgive you eternally from the penalty of your sin.
If you are a Christian dominated by sin, God will give you the grace to overcome that sin (Romans 6:14).
If you are a Christian, God will deliver you from the very presence of sin. He will eradicate your sin nature completely so that you will not be tempted with sin again.