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About-Him.Com Devotional 02-20-2010

1Peter 5:1-11- Submission and Humility

You’ve no doubt noticed that  there are three recurring theme in 1Peter, suffering, submission and humility. We see Peter’s own humility demonstrated when he addressed church elders in chapter 5.  

Text: 1Peter 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:  

He does not claim rank because he is an apostle to whom the keys of the kingdom were entrusted (Mt. 16:19).  He simply refers to himself as a fellow elder. He writes with passion because he had witnessed the suffering of Jesus at Calvary and had witnessed His resurrection (2Pe. 2:16). He was present as the risen Savior gave His apostles commandments of things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). Who could ever forget that experience? He states that he had been a partaker of the glory that will be revealed. How could he ever forget being with Jesus when He was transfigured with the glory of God emanating from His body, causing  His clothes to became exceedingly white (See: The Transfiguration of Jesus). Peter saw this glory and he reminds us that it is something that we all will see, when we see Jesus. I believe that the transfiguration was a fore-shadowing of how we will see Jesus in heaven. We have descriptions of His glory from Daniel (Da. 7:9), Ezekiel  (Ez. 1:26-28) Isaiah (Isa. 6:1-5) and John (Re. 1:13-17). All describe a glory that is beyond comprehension. We will not be able to stand before Him in our natural being.  Our flesh and blood cannot stand in His sight (1Co. 15:50). But thank God we will all be changed in the twinkling of an eye at His appearing. We’ll put off the  corruption of this flesh and put on immortality  (1Cor. 15:51-53). John said that we don’t know just what we’ll be, but that when He appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is. He adds that if we have the hope of seeing Jesus,  we  will keep ourselves pure, as he is pure (1Jn. 3:2-3).  

In verses 2-4, Peter urged these elders and ministers to not abuse the office that has been entrusted to them. They are to feed the flock willingly, not for the sake of money, but with a willing mind. They are not to be lords over God’s heritage, but to be examples to their flocks. If they do so, they will inherit an everlasting crown.  

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

Once again, Peter mentions submission. In this case it is not only for for the younger to the older, but for everyone to be submissive, one to the other. Why? Because God resists the proud but gives grace to humble.  

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  

Isaiah 66:2 For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.  

Psalms 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  

Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.  

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

Yes, Jesus sees and cares for each and every one of us individually. We can cast all our cares on Him. As the old song says:  

O what peace we often forfeit, o what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.  

We are truly living in trying times. Many are facing hardships that they never imagined they would ever see. Well, Jesus cares about your job, and your house. He can and will make a way where there doesn’t seem to be a way (Isa. 43:2). Jesus also cares about our food and our health. In fact He told us to not worry about it but to seek His kingdom first, and all of these necessities will be added to us (Mt. 6:33). The key is to seek Him first.  

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

Yes, we have an adversary who seeks to devour us. He is assisted in this by all of the evil hierarchy of hell (Eph. 6:12). As Paul said, When he would do good , evil was present with him (Ro. 7:21). We are no match for the devil in our own power, but thank God he was rendered impotent by the cross of Jesus (Col. 2:16)  

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

We resist the evil one “in the faith.” James said to resist the devil and he would flee from us. Of course he prefaced that statement with “Submit yourselves unto God” (Ja. 4:7). We may think that our trials are unique. Not according to 1Corinthians 10:13!  

1Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].  

Jesus was tempted in every area in which we suffer temptation, but He remained sinless (Heb. 4:15). Because He was tempted, He is able to give comfort to us when we are tempted (Heb. 2:18). He is our High Priest, Mediator (1Tim. 2:5) and Advocate (1Jn. 2:1) at the throne of God, and He lives to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25). How can we fail if our faith is fully in Jesus? Romans 8:31 asks, “If God be for us, who can be against us?  Nothing and Nobody! Can we say with the apostle Paul?  

Romans 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Text: 1Peter 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.  

Yes, times are hard and the way is rough, but we have to remember that we are being perfected, established, strengthened and settled by what  2Corinthians 4:17 calls our  “light afflictions,” which are preparing us for “a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory.”  

2Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;  

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

Somebody Has Said
Before He furnishes the abundant supply, we must first be made conscious of our emptiness. before he gives strength, we must be made to feel our weakness. Slow, painfully slow, are we to learn this lesson; and slower still to own our nothingness and take the place of helplessness before the Mighty One. - Arthur W. Pink

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