By JANA HENRY|CONTRIBUTOR
After a lengthy exhortation concerning suffering, Peter returns to instructions concerning relationships. This portion deals with those within the church, starting with a charge to his fellow elders and then a call for those who are younger to be subject to their elders, and finally, for all to clothe themselves with humility toward one another. In his commentary on I Peter, RC Sproul writes this about I Peter 5:6, “…in that simple phrase we have a microcosm of the entire Christian life.” I tend to agree with him. What about you?
Friends, I do not know what the future holds for us living as Christians in an increasingly hostile world. If persecution for being a Christian is on the horizon for Christians in the USA, then the exhortations in I Peter are what we need hidden in our hearts. And I am so glad that I have endeavored to do so.
Brothers and sisters, let’s finish well. We only have one more week to go.
(1) So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as a well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:
So – (therefore or because) Peter is now talking to the elders, (X2)
Peter describes himself as:
fellow elder, witness of sufferings, partaker in the glory
(2) Shepherd the flock of God among you with oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly as God would have you, not for shameful gain, but eagerly;
(3) Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
Treat vs 2-3 as one.
Subject is shepherding the flock of God. How to do it, and how not to do it, are laid out in contrasts. Shepherd … with … not … but … not … but … not … but (X3)
God is used twice and flock is used twice.
(4) And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
chief Shepherd appears … receive … unfading crown of glory
(5) Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
“Likewise” – (in the same way), “be subject” – remember 2:13, 18; 3:1
The attitude of humility is the subject of vs 5,6 and 7
5c is a proverb, that uses contrasts to make a point.
(6) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
Therefore takes you back to vs 5. Because God opposes the proud, we should humble ourselves, so that he may exalt us—we don’t need to exalt ourselves.
(7) Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Casting anxieties … because … he cares
Can you see the finish line? Let’s go!
Soli Deo Gloria