1 Peter 5:9

Friday, 27 December 2019

Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 1 Peter 5:9

Peter continues with his words concerning the devil from the previous verse. Here he says, “Resist him.” The word is different than that translated as “resist” in verse 5:5. It more appropriately means “withstand,” and thus to stand one’s ground. One might think of it as standing face to face with the devil and saying, “Not an inch…!” But the verb here is second person plural. He is not speaking to individuals, but to the whole. And so, to bolster this, he says, “steadfast in the faith.”

The word is stereos, and it is the last of four uses in the Bible. It signifies standing fast without buckling. As he is addressing a whole, one could think of the three hundred soldiers at Thermopylae who closed ranks and held their position against countless thousands. Believers are to close the ranks of their group, stand firm, look the devil in the eye, and let him know that not an inch of ground will be yielded.

Then, to give his reader a note of confidence, he continues with, “knowing that the same sufferings are experienced.” Vincent’s Word Studies notes the peculiar construction of the words, which is ignored by almost all translations. It more literally reads, “the same things the sufferings.” Darby says, “the selfsame sufferings.” The GNT says, “the same kind of sufferings.”

The stress is on the similarity between the sufferings of various groups of believers. It is a hint that the devil employs the same tired tactics again and again. If believers simply pay heed to the word, they will understand this, be aware of his actions, and be able to stand firm in the face of his onslaughts. Peter then says that these selfsame sufferings are “experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

It is a correct rendering, brotherhood. This is its second and last use in Scripture. It speaks of the church in a collective sense. What is experienced by those in the church is not only in isolated instances, but it is common to the brotherhood throughout the church. Peter’s words are then a note that if others are facing such things, and if they are able to prevail, then so can those who are reading his words. The force of his words is that of unity of determination in standing against the devil.

Life application: Peter tells the individual believer that no matter what we are going through, other believers in the world are going through the same things elsewhere. He certainly knows that this doesn’t lessen our own suffering, but it should help in the sense that at least we know we are not alone in what we are dealing with.

God isn’t allowing something unique to overtake you, and your burden is something that you can – in fact – deal with. So, stand fast in the faith you have, and resist what the devil is sending your way. Paul spoke in the same terms as Peter does in Ephesians 6. Here is a portion of that for you to consider –

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13

When we face the temptations or the sufferings the devil sends our way, we need to be prepared for them by putting on “the whole armor of God.” The only way we can do this is to be prepared in advance. If we don’t know the Bible, then when the time of trial comes, we cannot use it for our defense. If we haven’t developed strong faith, we can’t exercise it when needed. Now is the time for us to prepare for life’s trials. Stand firm and steadfast, grounded in the gospel of your salvation.

Lord Jesus, You know our trials and temptations all too well. You know the areas where we are lacking the proper discipline to handle more. So, Lord, be with us and protect us from the rage of the devil. Be our Shield and our Defender as we head through the maze of life’s challenges. Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “1 Peter 5:9

  • Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    Good Day to all my SW family. I continue to give God thanks for all of you. Thanks especially to our Pastor who has taught me so much in the word. Today’s word has helped me and strengthen me a lot. Studying the word in such great detail every day has helped with my trials and difficulties. It is comforting to know that” other believers in the world are going through the same, things.. and God is not allowing something unique to overtake me.”

    I spent Christmas Eve in the hospital, so I am now able to send Christmas Greetings to all of you, I wish everyone God’s richest blessings for the season to you and all your families.This song has been a source of encouragement for the past 3 weeks while I was ill.
    ” We have an anchor that keeps the soul,
    Steadfast and sure while the billows roll
    Fastened to the rock which cannot move
    Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQQO8v-0VBo

    Let us all hold fast until we see Him face to face.
    Awaiting His return.

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    • Saturday, December 28th, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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      I’m so sorry you were ill and that you had to go to the hospital. I hope and pray you are all better and that 2020 will be a year of health and blessing for you.

      It’s a marvelous song. Listening now. Hebrews 6:19.

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  • Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    CHRISTmas greetings to you Ruth , praying for you and all my sw family love and prayers , let us always resist and never turn back .

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  • Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 9:29 am
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    yes Ruth, let us hold fast together. Indeed so many others are going through trials such as we are going through. Grateful to God for bringing healing to you, enough so that you were released from the hospital. We here love and appreciate you so much

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  • Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    Amen Ruth so glad your doing better. I find it amazing and mystifying when I look around at the many ways our brothers and sisters in Christ have to deal with adversity and evil of this world such as the recent beheadings of Christians in Nigeria. Why do some have to pay such a Terrible price for their faith while others and I will include myself in this, seem to be skating through life never knowing the horrors so many others face daily. Some times I feel my prayers are inadequate but they are the only thing I have to ask the lord for help for them and to bring peace and joy back into their lives. I know the lord has his reasons for this and I look around and say daily but for the grace of god there go I, but sometimes I just sit and say why lord why have you blessed me this way.. and no I am not looking for martyrdom just looking for answers To bring a little peace to my soul.when I see all the suffering going on around me and in the world..The one silver lining I can find around this is we are only moments away from being home with the lord and none of this will be of any concern to us for ever more Amen. Come lord Jesus

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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  • Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS, amen!

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  • Saturday, December 28th, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    God bless each of you. Have a BEAUTIFUL Lord’s Day!

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