Unto Salvation

The first 9 verses of 1 Peter offer some great teaching on salvation. But, today we want to focus on verse 5.

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

The most important phrase in this verse is found in the middle – “unto salvation”. That is the theme of the first part of this chapter and of this verse, everything else in it revolves around salvation. This verse if packed full of teaching about salvation, but we will just mention a few things in passing.

First, we see that we are “kept by the power of God” unto salvation.  We do not keep ourselves, our salvation is “kept” by God and guaranteed by the Holy Spirit. That truth is taught in Ephesians 1:13-14 and 2 Corinthians 1:22.

Ephesians 1:13-14 – In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2 Corinthians 1:22 – Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

 

That word “earnest” is like the earnest money that is put down to show good faith in the purchase of a house. God gave us the Holy Spirit as our “earnest” until we are called to Heaven.  

Second, we see that it is through faith, that we are kept and have salvation. It is not through works, or good deeds, or our own righteousness, but through our faith in Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Third, we see that our salvation is ready to be revealed in the last times. Yes, we have eternal life now, but one day, after the rapture, we will have our glorified bodies and be like Christ. Until that day, we can rejoice in our salvation and share it with others, resting secure in the promises of Christ.