Guidance for Elders (Verses 1-4):
Peter provides clear instructions for church elders: lead willingly, be exemplary, and shepherd God’s flock. The promise? A crown of glory that never fades away. The focus is on selfless service rather than domineering leadership.
Humility and God’s Grace (Verses 5-7):
The younger are advised to submit to their elders, and everyone is admonished to be humble. Why? Because "God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." Humility allows us to cast all our cares on Him, fully trusting His providence.
Be Vigilant (Verses 8-11):
The devil is likened to a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Peter calls for vigilance and steadfastness in faith, assuring that God will restore and establish those who suffer briefly.
1 Peter 5 serves as a guidebook on church leadership, mutual respect, and spiritual vigilance. It emphasizes that humility isn't a sign of weakness but a gateway to God's grace. It also reminds us of the constant spiritual warfare that rages unseen but has very real implications. Ultimately, the chapter assures us that, even in the midst of trials and temptations, God’s eternal glory is a promise we can hold onto.

1 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:

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;

3  Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

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

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.

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.

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.

14  Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

End of 1 Peter 5

1 Year Plan:  Nov 15 - Eze 27, Eze 28, 1 Pe 5 [next day]

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