“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/The Elders and Young Men and Final Greetings

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Elders and Young Men”, 1Peter 5:1) The Elders (high officials in the Church) 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:  Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8.  2) Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre (money), but of a ready mind;  3) Neither as being lords over God’s Heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.  Psalm 74:2.   4) And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of Glory that fadeth not away.  Hebrews 13:20.  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.  Isaiah 57:15.  6) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:  7) Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.  8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  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.  11) To Him be Glory and dominion for ever and ever.  Amen (meaning so be it).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, The Apostle Peter does not command, but exhorts.  He does not claim power to rule over all pastors and churches.  It was the peculiar (distinctive) honour of Peter and a few more, to be witnesses of Christ’s sufferings; but it is the privilege of all true Christians to partake of the Glory that shall be revealed.  All faithful ministers will receive a crown of unfading Glory, infinitely better and more honourable than all the authority, wealth and pleasure of the world.  v5-9, Humility preserves peace and order in all Christian churches and societies; pride disturbs them.  Where God gives grace to be humble, He will give wisdom, faith, and holiness.  Cast “all your care”:  personal cares, family cares, cares for the present, and cares for the future, for yourselves, for others, for the Church, on God.  These are burdensome, and hinder our delight in the service of God.  The whole design of Satan is to devour and destroy souls.  Our duty plainly is, to be sober; to govern both the outward and inward man by the rules of temperance.  To be vigilant; suspicious of constant danger from this spiritual enemy.   The consideration of what others suffer, is proper to encourage us to bear our share in any affliction; and in whatever form Satan assaults us, we may know that our brethren experience the same.  v10-11, The Apostle prays to God for them, as the God of all Grace.  Perfect implies their progress towards perfection.  Stablish imports (brings in) our inconstancy.  Strengthen has respect to the growth of graces.  Settle signifies to fix upon a sure foundation, to Him Who is the Foundation and Strength of Believers. 

“Final Greetings”, 1Peter 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.  13) The Church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.  Revelation 17:5, 18.  14) Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity.  Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus.  Amen (meaning so be it). 

Nelsons Compact Bible Commentary – v12, Silvanus, whose Aramaic name was Silas, worked closely with both Peter and Paul (Acts15:40; 16:19, 25, 29; 2Corinthians 1:19; 1Thessalonians 1:1).  testifying:  Peter shows the intensity of his commitment to witness unashamedly of God’s Truth.   v13, She or The Church, the Greek word for Church is a feminine noun.  Peter uses the term Babylon to refer to Rome.  elect together with you:  All of the people of God are chosen by Him to be His people (1:2).  Mark or Marcus my son:  John Mark (Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37, 39) was Peter’s spiritual son, not his physical son.   

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