By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR
With this passage, 1 Peter 5:8-14, we come to the end of I Peter. Peter finishes his letter to the “elect exiles” warning them about their greatest enemy, who is ultimately behind all suffering for Christ. He exhorts them to remain firm in their faith and encourages them with God’s sure promises. This thought causes him to break out into a doxology of praise.
In his final words, he reveals the courier of his letter and a clue about where he was when the letter was written. He ends with a short exhortation and blessing for all who are in Christ.
(8) Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.
Sober-minded, watchful – action verbs. Peter has encouraged sober-mindedness all throughout the letter.
Adversary, devil, – 2 names for Satan, then a descriptor. What does a roaring lion do? He prowls around seeking someone to devour.
*Also note the tempo of the first half of this verse: bam-bam-bam; bam-bam-bam, bam-bam-bam, bam-bam-bam… (depends on how you pronounce adversary, but you get the idea, this really helped me- BK)
(9) Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
*Again- tempo: Re-sist him, firm ‘inyour’ faith, know-ing that…
(10) 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.
1st remember three g’s, then remember structure “the God…who has called you…in Christ.
Anytime words are stacked, memorize the first letter first, then fill in the blanks. It’s even better if you can make an acronym out of it. In this case, you can’t. r, c, s, e
(11) To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Be the dominion – Get this order down and the rest flows easily.
(12) 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 was likely Peter’s scribe, and so, the brief letter was written by him.
Exhorting, declaring – e d, this is what he spent his entire letter doing: exhorting us to believe and do good things, and declaring the truth about the grace of God.
This is the true grace of God. Stand firm it. – sums up the whole letter.
(13) She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son.
“She who is at Babylon” is likely code for the church at Rome, and Mark isn’t his literal son, but his spiritual son.
(14) Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
*Ending with greetings may seem backwards to us, but he began with his “signature,” so remembering that he ends this way helps.
Now that we have come to the end of our memorizing, I want to encourage you to continue hiding this precious letter in your heart. If you have kept up and have the letter memorized, I want to challenge you to say I Peter out loud, straight through, every day for one month. After that, reserve one day a week for the next two months to say it from memory all the way through. This is when the fruit of memorizing a large chunk of scripture begins to blossom forth. As you are going about your day, situations will pop up, and God’s embedded Word will speak to you. Relationships with friends are deepened when you are able to share His living Word in the flow of the conversation. Saying it over and over again to yourself will bring new layers of understanding, as you are now able to think about what the verses are saying as opposed to remembering what comes next.
Brothers and sisters, it has been a joy memorizing God’s life-giving Word with you! I hope it has been for you as well! Let’s do it again next fall, shall we?!
Soli Deo Gloria