The Spirit of Glory

14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you (1 Peter 4).

This is the only place in scripture where this phrase, “the Spirit of glory” (what a beautiful phrase!) is found. And why not? For as we have often noticed, many words in this epistle are found only there, being used only by Peter. Add to this, the word “rests” here is used many times elsewhere—yet always in the sense of “physical rest” or, when the Apostle Paul uses it, in the sense of “being refreshed” through fellowship with others. Only Peter uses it here in this way, and with this meaning—as in the sense of God’s Spirit resting upon someone—even as the Spirit came and rested upon Jesus at His baptism (where another word was used).

What I am getting at is the idea of uniqueness. Coming only upon those following the narrow way, it is a very unique thing in this world for the Spirit of Glory to rest on someone—even as it is a very unique thing to know blessing in the midst of persecution. We need not seek after persecution, for our Lord warned us that if they hated Him, they will hate those who follow Him (John 15:18). Yet, however much we sense an unbeliever’s hate toward us, all the more can we sense our Lord’s pleasure and love toward us.

Lord, we will not seek persecution, but should it fall upon us This Day, may the infinite weight of Your Spirit of Glory falling upon us, with its blessing, crush every fear. Amen.