The Hope & Security of Our Salvation - 1 Peter 1:3-5
Praise God for Salvation
The blessing is directed to God, “even” (kai; NIV “and) the “Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Father is the fount from which all goodness flows, and even the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Son, yields to the Father. We know from the Gospel of John that the Father commands and the Son obeys (John 5:19), the Father sends and the Son goes. And yet such a difference in role does not diminish the dignity of the Son, nor is there any notion that the Son is a creature (cf. John 1:1, 18; 20:28).
The Source of Our Salvation (vv. 2-3)
No foreknowledge of the fact that we would believe, no foreseeing of any desirableness or merit on our part, is mentioned here or anywhere else in Scripture when indicating God’s ultimate reason for our salvation. It is simply ‘according to his great mercy’ that he gave us new life.
The Hope of Our Salvation (v. 3)
The Inheritance of Our Salvation (v. 4)
This inheritance “can never perish” (aphtharton) or be corrupted.
The inheritance cannot “spoil” (amianton) or perhaps better is “undefiled.” The inheritance will not lose its luster and beauty. It will never become stained or filthy. The same word is used to denote Jesus’ sinlessness (Heb 7:26), the purity of marriage (Heb 13:4), and genuine religion (Jas 1:27).
Finally, the inheritance will never “fade” (amaranton).
The Security of Our Salvation (v. 5)
1 Pet 1:5 contains a glorious promise. God’s power protects us because his power is the means by which our faith is sustained.
What would prevent us from maintaining our allegiance to Christ until the end? Surely the answer is sin, and we know that sin stems from unbelief—in failing to hope in God during our earthly sojourn. God’s power, to be effective at all, must guard us from sin and unbelief.
Ultimately their attainment of final salvation depends on God’s power.
Nevertheless, God’s power continually works through their faith. Do they wish to know whether God is guarding them? If they continue to trust God through Christ, God is working and guarding them, and he should be thanked.