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Resist the Devil.

1st Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that your brotherhood is experiencing the same kinds of suffering worldwide.”


The key Greek words in this passage are "sober-minded," "watchful," "adversary," "devil," "lion," "devour," "resist," "faith," "suffering," "brotherhood," and "world." Let us look at each of these words and their meanings.


Sober-minded (nēphō): This word means to be self-controlled or clear-headed. Peter is encouraging his readers to be sober-minded to resist the devil's temptations.


Watchful (grēgoreō): This word means to be vigilant, always on alert. Peter warns his readers to be watchful because the devil always seeks to tempt and deceive them.


Adversary (antidikos): This word refers to an opponent or adversary in a legal or judicial context. Peter reminds his readers that the devil is their adversary and seeks to accuse them before God.


Devil (diabolos): This word means "slanderer" or "accuser." The devil is the ultimate accuser, seeking to bring charges against God's people.


Lion (leōn): This word is used metaphorically to describe the devil's aggressive and predatory nature.


Devour (katapinō): This word means to swallow up or consume. Peter warns his readers that the devil seeks to devour them and destroy their faith.


Resist (antistēmi): This word means to stand against or oppose. Peter instructs his readers to resist the devil and his temptations by standing firm in their faith.


Faith (pistis): This word refers to trust or confidence in God. Peter reminds his readers that they must remain firm in their faith to resist the devil's attacks.


Suffering (paschō): This word means to experience hardship or adversity. Peter acknowledges that his readers are experiencing suffering because of their faith.


Brotherhood (adelphotes): This word refers to the community of believers. Peter encourages his readers by reminding them that they are not alone in their suffering but are part of a wider community of believers facing trials.


World (kosmos): This word can refer to the physical world or humanity in general. Peter reminds his readers that suffering is a common experience for Christians worldwide.


In light of these critical Greek words, we can understand the passage to mean that Christians must be alert and clear-headed because the devil is always seeking to accuse and deceive them. The devil is described as a fierce predator, seeking to devour and destroy their faith. But Christians can resist the devil by standing firm in their faith and trusting God. Peter also reminds his readers that suffering is a common experience for believers worldwide, but they are not alone because they are part of a wider community of believers.


This passage has great relevance for us today. The devil still seeks to deceive and accuse God's people, and we must remain vigilant and clear-headed to resist his attacks. We must also stand firm in our faith, trusting God's promises to sustain us through trials and hardships. And we can take comfort in knowing that we are not alone in our sufferings but are part of a wider community of believers facing trials.


I hope that this teaching has been helpful to you and that it has provided you with a deeper understanding of 1st Peter 5:8-9 and its relevance for our lives today.


Blessings,


Terry

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