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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

First Peter 1:5
 

Nasv; (Believers)who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time

Nkjv: who are kept by the powr of God through faith for salvation to be revealed in the last time.
Amplified: Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.

Amplified (2015) who are being protected and shielded by the power of God through your faith for salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.

NLT: And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see.

Phillips: And in the meantime you are guarded by the power of God operating through your faith, till you enter fully into the salvation which is all ready for the dénouement of the last day.

Wuest: who are constantly being kept guarded by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in a last season which is epochal and strategic in its significance.

Young's Literal: who, in the power of God are being guarded, through faith, unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time,





SECURITY


Note the protection is by and through. By speaks of our vertical security (our God) and through of our horizontal security (our faith).

Notice how the Greek appropriately places the power of God first in the sentence for emphasis. Indeed God is the "first Cause" Who Alone has supernatural "keeping power!" God grant us by Your Spirit the desire and power (Philippians 2:13) to run to Your Protecting Name "The Power of God" as if running into a strong tower... "For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him""

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous (Our Responsibility) runs into it and is safe (God's Sovereign Keeping Power -Hebrew = sagab = lifted high). (Pr 18:10) "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe"
"In the Greek, the first and preeminent idea is God's power as the basis of protection; faith is our "passive" part in the process
We "run" into His Name and His Power by faith). This means that we rely entirely on the divine might exercised on our behalf, not on what we can do....
 
In First Peter 1:5 it (protecting power) refers to the hosts of heaven, the "power of God," that stands against the vicissitudes of life. (a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something.)
 
It is important to realize that this protection is entirely supplied by God, Who exercises His might on our behalf. It is nothing we can do, as if we could control His power and so guard ourselves.
 
We respond with "faith," that is, a total reliance on God Who Alone keeps us secure. This does not mean we are inactive (Like the catchy but theologically inaccurate aphorism says "Let go and Let God."), as if we sit back and wait for God to do everything for us.
 
Rather, we actively seek God and both His might and wisdom as we work through our difficulties.
 
The key is our utter dependence on Him.




KEPT or PROTECTED (5432)
 


is a military metaphor speaking of a fortress with strong walls being guarded by a battalion of soldiers. This term in this context also implies that those who have been born again are in a holy war and are under constant enemy attack from a host of unholy enemies = the world the flesh, and the devil, (cp similar military metaphor in First peter 2:11.
 
Spurgeon: God's guarding providence writing that…"As sure as ever God puts His children in the furnace He will be in the furnace with them."
 
Darby: God's ways are behind the scenes, but He moves all the scenes which He is behind.
 
is in the present tensse which emphasizes God's ever available power and our need for His continual supernatural protection in our struggle in this present life (and our 3 enemies = theworld, the flesh and the devil.) as we await our day of redemption Ephesisans 4:20) and our life of eternal glory.
 
Present Tense: From Peter's use of Present tense one can see that in context he is referring to born again ones, describing them as those who are "continually being protected by the power (dunamis) of God". God's protection of His children isn't fickle, present one day and absent the next. You can see how even the most basic understanding of verb tense can add so much to the meaning.
 
Hallelujah! We are constantly being kept guarded by the omnipotent power of God which guarantees every believer's final victory even what may seen to them now as "against all odds"!
The passive voice (so called "Divine passive" in this context) indicates that the "guarding" is being carried out by an outside force, specifically God, Whose power is continuously guarding us.
 
Peter's point then is that it is not believers who make themselves holy (eg, by keeping a list of do's and don't's) but it is God Who makes us progressively more and more holy as we surrender our will to His sweet will.
 
Peter's point is that we will make it to heaven no matter what trials we experience here, so hangeth thou in there! As Peter says in 1 Peter 1:6- although the trials may feel like they are never ending, they are only "for a little while!" (cp "momentary, light affliction" in 2 Corinthians 4:17 God's keeping power is sufficient to bring us safely through the trials and afflictions.