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On Watch

1 Peter 5:8

Recently, I have heard people using a seaman's expression, "It happened on my watch". It refers to a time when it was their duty to notice what was going on, and take the appropriate action. Peter urges us to be 'on watch' all the time. Most car accidents happen, not by deliberately reckless driving, but by a lapse of concentration or a moment of inattention. That is also the most common way in which followers of Jesus fall into the devil's trap. They do not set out to be wicked; they just take their eye off the road of holiness.

No Entry For Evil

1 Peter 5:9

Bullies can be found everywhere, from the school playground to the workplace. They achieve their wicked purposes by inducing fear, and expect people to cower away humiliated. Facing up to a bully is the best way to make him or her back down. The threats and whispers which surround these people, and their sycophantic entourage, demand that people of courage should expose them. It is the same problem with the devil. The more he exercises spiritual terrorism with lies and threats, the more he thinks that he can get away with it.

Safe Arrival

1 Peter 5:10-11

Human nature loves to feel in command. It is the fleshly delusion that we can determine the security and prosperity of our future, by controlling today's circumstances.

On A Steady Course

1 Peter 5:12

Why are some Christians stable and productive, but others are uncertain and confused? Either we base our life on lies, fleshly energy and human wisdom or on truth, grace and God's Word: one leads to confusion, the other to confidence. Peter now summarises the purpose of his letter: to encourage stability based on truth, freedom based on God's grace and perseverance encouraged by the apostle's teaching.

Encouraging Believers

1 Peter 5:13-14

Peter now concludes his 1st letter writing from Rome, which he calls Babylon. The Bible identifies Babylon as both a real place, and as a symbol of evil (Revelation 17:1-6).