1Pe 1:5 BLB who are being guarded by the power of God through faith, for the salvation ready to be revealed in the last time,

This States so strongly that we are Kept as in a garrison by the Power of God through faith.

Whose Faith?

For if it is our faith, that will mean our faith can determine if we will be Saved. And God guards us through it.

What does this passage mean?

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The obvious answer to the OP's question is "Yes"; 1 Peter 1:5 teaches perseverance of the saints. However, there are at least two diametrically opposed views about what this doctrine means:

  • In Calvinism, it means that God chooses who will be saved and that such saints cannot be lost, ie, God miraculous makes the saints persevere.
  • In Arminianism, it means that God miraculous chooses to protect the saints according to their faith, which means that the saint has the freedom to opt out.

[Note: Calvinism is not monolithic and there are degrees of Calvinism (whether "5-point", 4 point" or something else); however, that defined above is what John Calvin taught - see appendix below.]

The form of "perseverance of the saints" cannot be determined from 1 Peter 1:5 alone - that must be found from other NT teaching. All than can be said of 1 Peter 1:5 is that divine protection and perseverance of the saints is taught; but the details are not in this verse.

APPENDIX - Calvinism

In his 1537 Instruction in Faith, John Calvin says:

“For, the seed of the word of God takes root and brings forth fruit only in those whom the Lord, by his eternal election, has predestined to be children and heirs of the heavenly kingdom. To all the others (who by the same counsel of God are rejected before the foundation of the world) the clear and evident preaching of truth can be nothing but an odour of death unto death.”

Paul T Fuhrmann tr., 1949, p. 36


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