Bible Passage:1 Peter 1:5
who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
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We wait for this priceless inheritance, he says, in the hope which we have obtained through faith. For this is their order of succession: From the Word follows faith, from faith is the new birth, from the new birth we pass to hope, so that we certainly expect and are assured of the blessing. So that Peter has here asserted, in a truly Christian manner, that it must take place by faith, not by our own works. But what does St. Peter mean when he says: You are protected by the power of God for salvation? We have been taught from Scripture that we cannot do the least work without God's Spirit. How, then, by our own power should we be able to do the highest work, namely, believe? God's power must be present and work within us, in order that we may believe, as Paul also says (Eph 1:17-19): "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom . . . so that you may know . . . what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might" If God produces faith in men, it is certainly as great a work as though He recreated heaven and earth. Wherever this power of God is wanting, there is neither genuine faith nor good works, nothing but error and blindness. But He keeps us, who believe, in the right understanding, so that we do not fall into condemnation, but attain to salvation. Ready to be revealed in the last time. That is, the inheritance that is appointed for them was long ago acquired, and prepared from the foundation of the world, but now it is hidden, as yet covered up, reserved, and sealed. But this is only for a little while, when in a moment it shall be opened and revealed, so that we shall behold it.
Thy work alone, O Christ,
Can ease this weight of sin:
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God,
Can give me peace within.
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