I Peter 1:5 – “Who are kept by the Power of God through Faith (refers to the Holy Spirit exerting His Power on our behalf, as our Faith is ever planted in the Cross [Rom. 6:5]) unto Salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (ready for the Rapture).”
Faith Is The Responsibility Of The Believer!
The “who” of the above Verse refers to truly Born-Again Believers. Peter is discussing the benefits and joys of being Saved. One of those benefits is a Heavenly Inheritance. Peter is testifying to the many attributes of that Inheritance. In essence, he tells Believers that God Himself is standing guard over this Inheritance. He then tells the Believer that all of these benefits are obtained and maintained by Faith. Peter should know! Despite failing God on numerous occasions, the big fisherman is still living for God. And He is not just “barely hanging on.” He has been changed by the Glory of God into the mature Apostle who writes the Epistles that bear his name. If Peter’s life says anything to you and I it says, “Don’t Quit!” Peter understands through experience that one cannot make it as a Believer unless God supplies the Power to stand. He also knows that Faith is the responsibility and the privilege granted to all Believers who desire to be “kept by the Power of God.”
Faith Has To Have The Right Object
While God is more than able to furnish Power, He has chosen Faith to be the key that releases that Power. Make no mistake about this one thought. Power belongs to God Alone. It must be released from Him and come to us. We are a needy people. Christians who are truly maturing understand this concept. They grow more dependent upon God with each passing day. In order for the Believer to receive what he needs, Faith must exist and appropriate God’s Power. However, Faith must have the proper Object. Let me explain.
We exhibit faith in a variety of objects every day. We sit down in chairs, but we very rarely, if ever, inspect that chair to determine whether or not it will hold us up. We sit in it by faith. We place our car keys into the ignition and turn the key, believing that the car will start. In these simple actions we are exhibiting faith. But faith in these things does not release the Power of God. God demands that our Faith be placed securely and singularly in His Redemption Plan. This Plan was carried out by Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. Therefore, our Faith must ever have as its Object, the Finished Work of Christ. It is this Faith and this Faith alone that pleases God (Heb. 11:6). It is this Faith and this Faith alone that causes the Power of God to be released from Heaven to the Believer.
God Wants To Work In You
Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do of His good Pleasure.” Notice that in Believers, God is spoken of as “working.” Again in Philippians 1:6 the Bible says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He Who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the Day of Jesus Christ.” Take note again that it is God working and God performing. God does not go to work in and upon just anyone. He works consistently in and for those Believers whose Faith is properly centered upon the Cross of Christ. As we depend upon Jesus’ Finished Work (He Himself said, “It Is Finished”). God works in, maintains, strengthens, and protects the Believer. In this way and in this way only is the Believer “kept by the Power of God.”