“A Little While” and Imminence in Peter’s Epistles (Part 1/2)

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

1 Peter 5:10

This isn’t the first time Peter mentions “a little while” period of suffering. The first mention is in 1 Peter 1:6. In fact, much of the book is written as if the things therein were about to take place. Here is a short and possibly incomplete collection:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3–5

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:6–9

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

1 Peter 1:10–12

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:13

For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

1 Peter 1:20–21

In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

1 Peter 4:4–5

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

1 Peter 4:7

For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

1 Peter 4:17

Now that we’ve noticed these passages, lets return to our original one:

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

1 Peter 5:10

After Peter’s audience suffered for a little while, they would receive the eternal glory that would be revealed at the revelation of Jesus Christ. It would be at this point that they would be perfected.

This eternal glory was mentioned throughout the book as well in the following passages: 1 Peter 1:7, 11, 21, 4:13-14, 5:1, 4. It would be obtained at the revelation of Jesus, and, as Peter said on multiple occasions as noticed above, that was going to happen very, very soon. Tomorrow, we will do the same thing with the second epistle.

One Reply to ““A Little While” and Imminence in Peter’s Epistles (Part 1/2)”

  1. I enjoy reading your posts everyday. I am learning alot. I am new to the preterist view. After years of battling the futuristic view I finally have found peace. The Bible actually makes sense now. Verses come alive and I can now see exactly what all the apostles were going through. I don’t understand why churches have this false twisted hope that the book of Revelation and Matthew 24 is meant for them? The horror that early Christians experienced. No one wants to acknowledge it. Thank God we don’t go through that!
    My husband and I have been doing studies on Nero and that time period. Makes me literally sick.

    I think most of the church find it easier to accept a false 7 year Tribulation… Because that means they don’t have to buckle down with Christ until they see some “signs” peace treaty, weird alien man Anti Christ bringing in world order etc. They have “time” until they have to get right.

    It’s easier to fall away and be nothing then to accept that Jesus fullfilled everything he said he would and did. Now we must be held accountable. Living righteous. That’s a hard pill to swallow for most.

    I find this new mind set and revelation liberating. It makes me love Jesus more and more. He is wonderful and gives me peace. I thank him for opening my spiritual goggles. We need an urgency to follow our Lord and grow in him. Closer each day. Our life is but a vapor. I am ready to meet my Savior. <3

    Keep up the great work! Take care

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