1 Peter 3 God’s Firewall of Protection
Jesus lived a mere 33 yrs more or less. He went about doing good, healing and raising people from the dead. But in the end, all of the good he did was seemingly washed away by men’s hatred, bigotry and a denial of who he was. Peter is writing to believers who, like Jesus, are facing trials and persecution. How do they and we understand his words:
“For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?” Or the question Paul posed: “Who will separate us from the love of Christ?”
Now, why do we need to answer those questions?
It is because the words of Jesus are coming true more and more and more. We need to be prepared because persecution will be coming. We need to be strong and courageous just as God told Joshua, otherwise, the accuser of the brethren will use this as his tool to divide and conquer. The biggest factor that causes disciples, like Demas, [1 Tim 4:10] to walk away from the faith is that they love the world more than Christ. A second reason is fear. It could be fear of loss of family, loss of job, loss of (you fill in the blank.)
How do we square those questions to present day sufferings that are unimaginable or when we read about those believers who are languishing in prison just because they believed in Christ? Here in the west, we have not “yet” faced such persecution but we do face mocking and scorn for believing. Beloved, this is our preparation time. We must remind ourselves of Peter’s words: you are protected by the power of God.
Peter wants us to know that no matter what the enemy flings your way you are protected for eternity. God has placed a firewall about you so that “When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you.” [Is 43:2] and He will be a firewall around you and the source of glory about you. [Zech 2:5 author thoughts] Spurgeon wrote: “As sure as ever God puts his children in the furnace, He will be in the furnace with them”
Whether you are a discipler or a disciple you may be facing a trial that seemingly goes on and on and on. Trust God that no matter what comes your way God’s firewall is surrounding you.