Remaining true until the end
If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler. But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name. For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God? And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? So then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator while doing what is good. 1 Peter 4:14-19
When the Apostle Peter wrote his first epistle, it was intended by God that through him, Christians in Asia Minor would be encouraged. They were going through tremendous sufferings and trials primarily because of their faith. His challenged for them was to remain firm and steadfast in their faith. To encourage them, Peter mentioned several times the phrase “the end.” He was trying to tell his readers that there will be a final culmination and that Christians should be aware of this and that their actions should be guided by their anticipation of this coming day. In 1 Peter 1:9, the use of the term was related to the nature and benefits of the trials that Christians are going through. “...for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” The trials that Christians are experiencing will result to stronger faith. In 1 Peter 1:13, it says, “Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” From this passage, Peter was reminding every believer to be ready anticipating the coming of Christ. Then in 1 Peter 4:7, the admonition was to be earnest anticipating His coming and to continually ask God through prayer to provide wisdom. “The end of all things is near; therefore, be alert and sober-minded for prayer.” This wisdom is needed to help Christians understand that the trials they are facing are temporary in nature. While anticipating the end, believers should seek living their lives for His glory. This means that we will live our lives not ashamed to be identified with Christ. Our actions should reflect that we belong to Christ. Let us pursue a life that honors Him. “…then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator while doing what is good” (1 Peter 4:19).
Noel De Guzman