The 1st  Epistle of Peter

Chapter 5

     1st Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

     Peter is about to address the elders among the people and he wants to speak to them in a strong manner because he feels that what he is about to say is very important. He also makes mention that he is an elder himself, he saw the crucifixion and he’s going into the eternity and be a part of that glory also.

     The elders of a congregation are supposed to be wise men/women. Their ability to come to a fair and just solution to some problem gives them the right to be an elder. Loving our Lord and understanding the Scriptures is also paramount.

     Without the assistance and guidance of the Holy Spirit, no man or woman can come to a just solution of the problems that come from a congregation of many people. Along similar lines, Moses took on the responsibility of over 3 million people and it almost drove him to the nut house.

     Moses deemed himself the elder of all and it became too much for him and he finally took the advice of Jethro and delegated some of that responsibility to others.

     1st Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

     Feed the people with truth from the Word of our Father. As an elder, they have the responsibility of being looked up to by those whose knowledge of the Scriptures is less than theirs. That’s quite a responsibility. Adhering strictly to Father’s Word is paramount while keeping the traditional teachings totally and utterly out of the equation.

     And they’re supposed to do it willingly, not because they are forced or coerced into doing it. You can’t do it  without a ready mind. A ready mind means a mind that is brisk with cheerful readiness.

     And above all else, don’t do it for the money, that’s what lucre means…money. The paycheck or money a person would receive for working all week is good money, earned money, but Father puts the word filthy in front of this word lucre because if you don’t teach the truth of His Word because you’re concerned about the welfare of someone’s soul, that you do it for the money, then what you do receive from it is filthy.

     These preachers are more concerned with income than saving a soul from the grasp of Satan and when you’re dealing with our Father’s children, you had better be very, very careful.

     1st Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

     Don’t act like you’re better than everybody, just because you might know more than they do. Be humble in your knowledge. Father probably gave you that knowledge because He felt that you would use it to the good of His children. 2nd Corinthians speaks to this…

     Ref: 2nd Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. KJV

     Be an example to others by your humbleness. Don’t be arrogant in your position.

     1st Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

     How does that come to be? When the chief Shepherd appears, Jesus Christ, it’s the time when we transition from these earthly bodies into our spiritual bodies and that crown of glory will be worn by us throughout all of eternity.

     I don’t care if it’s a hundred years from now when our Lord returns, it’s never too late to study the Bible. That knowledge will carry with you throughout eternity, it will never go away. It will never be forgotten.

     It’s my belief that if you read the Bible, with some understanding at least, and you never remember anything but a few important verses, complete knowledge will come to each of us on the first day of the Millennium.

     And we will be rewarded greatly for what little we did remember, on our own, with these earthly minds. The fact that you persevered and tried is what’s important to our Father, it’s what brings the blessings and rewards.

     1st Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

     The prospect of having a young person submit themselves to an elder is a bit hard to visualize these days.  Through the news media they have been given the golden finger, the one used to dial 9-1-1 and turn a parent in for some nonexistent  injustice.  

     I remember when I was a young man and thought that I knew everything, and now I’m an old man and I think that I know everything. And through it all, I ended up knowing nothing of great importance. Well, maybe it was important to me but no one else really cared that much.

      Regardless of age, it’s good to be humble because the proud are always going to fall hard.

     Grace from our Father is always something we need more of and staying close to Him by reading His Word will open the door so that He can bless us with grace.

     Our Lord humbled Himself by washing other men’s feet, thus giving us the example to go by.

     1st Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

     How can a person not humble themselves under our Father? If you come before Him all high-minded and full of yourself, you can forget having your prayers answered. Humble yourself and He will exalt you in His time, not yours.

     1st Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

     Casting everything before the Lord is something hard to do because as humans we feel that we can do it all on our own, it’s just a part of our nature. I’ve always been a big believer in doing something yourself and you’ll know that it will get done right.

     Spiritually, depending on the Father for everything is still a scary thing because He will only bless us if we get off our butt and do all we can before we present something to Him. And where is the cutoff point? The cutoff point is to place it all before Him at the start and then do all you can by yourself.

     There have been four times, that I can remember, when I was just totally convinced that the current problem was too great for anyone to solve and make right. And then, all of a sudden, one day it just gets solved and I stood there with my mouth open, wondering what happened.

     Totally astonished at the solution being so simple but that’s just the way He works in our lives. In a few seconds He can take care of something that we’ve worried about for years. And even with that memory strong in our registers, it's still hard to turn it all over to Him.

     1st Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

     There’s not a demon behind every bush and a lot of temptation comes from other people and it’s difficult to pin something squarely on Satan but there will be times when it just hits you as to who is behind something and spiritual discernment is what comes into play.

     Satan does most of his work through other people and he’s very subtle while doing it.

     1st Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

     Your faith in our Lord will get you through Satan’s temptations. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens to you that hasn’t happened to other people, at one time or another. Read the Bible daily, study it earnestly, and the more that you do that, the more Father will look down on you and thwart Satan's intentions.

     And you can do that for yourself because Christ, through Him, gave us power over all of our enemies.

     Not too many people study and read every day and those that do become special in His eyes.

     1st Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

     Called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus. Without the crucifixion of our Lord there is no way that any of us would make it into the eternity. Sin cannot enter into Father’s world and without our Lord, sin would remain in us forever.

     Whenever trouble comes your way, pray to Him for a solution and help and if it comes, fine, if not, don’t complain about it. Sometimes He wants to see what we’re made of, how soon we’ll give up, how soon we fall apart and blame Him for all our troubles.

     That’s what separates His election from the rest. His election should persevere right up to the very end, never giving up. Lackadaisical Christians just coast through life, never taking anything head on.

     “Well, it just seems that nothing ever works out for me.”

     Self pity is one of the worst traits that you can display before the Father. He will never use you if that’s your outlook on life.

     1st Peter 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

     Not only should it be, it will be. Nothing can remove Him from His throne and thank heavens for that. If we loved and worshipped a being that could be swayed or toppled, why would we follow Him in the first place.

     1st Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

     As I suppose means that Peter really didn’t know what kind of relationship Silvanus had with the churches and the succession of oversight went from St. Paul to Silvanus to Peter. They all knew of each other but what Peter knew of Silvanus was by word of mouth from other people.

     1st Peter 5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

     Marcus, also known as Silas in the book of Acts, is really Mark, the one that wrote the gospel of Mark and when Peter refers to him as my son, he means he who is in the place of a son to me. Mark was not Peter’s natural son.

     1st Peter 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen. KJV

     This would be a holy kiss, a token of love between those that love our Lord and Savior.

     That completes the book of 1st Peter.

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