After stating what God will do for his people, Peter erupts in doxology, the praise of a presbyter that, following his imperatives and precepts, recognizes the source of all possibilities.
To him belongs the power forever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:11 NET
Do this, do that, resist the devil, stay awake — and know — glory to God for this! — that he will make all your effort worth it and will guarantee your spiritual success. Because all the power that belongs to him is yours in Christ Jesus.
Omnipotent God, I praise you for investing in me the spiritual forces to go the distance and draw near to you. Amen.
Ever since Cain, there has been talk of doors. Jacob had a vision of a door to heaven. Doors were a part of Passover. And doors appear in the Bible’s final book, as a figure of God opening to John a vision of his sovereignty and control of the spiritual powers.
After these things I looked, and there was a door standing open in heaven!
Revelation 4:1 NET
Paul wrote of open doors of opportunity, but here the open door is to understanding God’s action in the world. It indicates, again, that the book of Revelation, like the entire Bible, is just that: a revelation of God’s project.
That voice that John heard is for us as well, “Come up here.” Enter the open door. Understand what God is doing. See the strong arm of the Lord.
And be comforted in your sufferings for him and strengthened for faithfulness to the end.
Today we have machines like the radar and X-ray that give us a vision of what is otherwise hidden from us. We can see what normally we’d not have the capability to analyze. Still, only one can look into the thoughts and intentions of the human heart.
End the evil of those who are wicked,
and defend the righteous.
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
O righteous God.
Psalm 7:9 NLT
God sees into our depths with complete knowledge of each person. Nothing escapes his eye.
In our wickedness, we think he will see our justifications and struggles and therefore will excuse our sin. Each one justifies himself in his own eyes, but the righteous before God are those who do his will.
Let us therefore take care before making this prayer above our supplication.
We use superlatives for everything. Used to, things were “cool;” now they’re “awesome.” But when everything is awesome, nothing is.
So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.
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