GOD, THE GUARDIAN.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (I Pet. 1:3-5)
Peter is exhorting these believers, by letting them know that they are in the hands of the Mighty and Awesome God. He is the Protector and Guardian of their salvation. The word kept, literally means, to garrison about with an army; to guard or protect. We are garrisoned about by the Power of God, through faith which results in a Salvation to be manifested in the last days, or time. We are KEPT by God, not ourselves.
SIN, THAT GRACE MAY ABOUND? GOD FORBID!
Paul is widely known as the great preacher of the Grace of God. One of the main reasons for Paul’s understanding of God’s grace, is because he experienced it deeply. We must remember, who this man was and what he did before that day on the Damascus road. As for this man,
1). he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling (dragging) men and women to prison (Acts 9:3)
2). he was consenting to the death of Stephen (Acts 8:1)
3). he ‘persecuted the Church of God, and wasted it’ (Gal. 1:13).
This Pharisee of Pharisees was doing everything he could to destroy the followers of Jesus.
For if, when we were enemies (opponents, haters), we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His Life. (Rom. 5:10)
Paul preached the Gospel of Grace, because he experienced it and knew its power to change a life. However, many of his fellow-countrymen misunderstood his message about grace. They were accusing him of the very thing that those who reject the security of the believer today, say. In Rom. 3:8, Paul states that "it had been slanderously reported and some affirm that we say, ‘Let us do evil, that good may come?’ whose damnation is just." Paul was accused of preaching a gospel, wherein those who are saved, can do evil so that grace may abound (Paul responds, God Forbid!!!).
They believed he was preaching that we should abandon the Law of God as given through Moses and therefore loose all restraint of holiness upon the people of God. This could not be further from the truth. Paul still taught obedience to the Law of God. It was the method of obedience that they misrepresented.
They taught you keep the Law, by looking at the Law. Paul taught that you keep the Law, by walking in the Spirit of God (Gal. 5:16). This walk that Paul taught, was walking in the Spirit, by the grace of God and in faith in Jesus the Messiah. Again I must point out, Paul was accused of what many today are accused of. Preaching that if you believe in the eternal security of the believer, you are preaching a license to sin. As Paul said, so say I and every other preacher worth his salt, GOD FORBID!!!