kjv@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:
kjv@1Peter: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;
kjv@1Peter:5:3@ Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
kjv@1Peter:5:4@ And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
kjv@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.
kjv@1Peter:5:6@ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
kjv@1Peter:5:7@ Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
kjv@1Peter:5:8@ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
kjv@1Peter:5:9@ Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
kjv@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.
Though addressing church elders initially, the message here applies to each of us. Humbling ourselves, casting our cares, subjecting ourselves to one another, being sober and diligent to resist the Devil, suffering willingly to the ends of perfection. Peter, I feel, is driving the point home that these worthy things are brought about by the constant feeding the flock and taking oversight.
Peter's motivation by now should be clear. It should be our motivation as well. Peter considers himself a witness of Christs suffering and a partaker in the glory to be revealed. Peter is this in the truest sense perhaps like no other having been there with Him. Thanks in great part to His testimony/obedience we are/can be this as well. The sufferings of Christ are so crucial to our proclamation because they point to the hands of those for whom He willingly suffered for. The glory to be revealed is equally crucial because it tells us that this was no ordinary man that suffered these things on our behalf, it was the very son of God, the promised one of Israel, the name above all names, Jesus Christ and Savior the King of all kings. Those that are thus inspired and motivated will be partakers of both the sufferings of and later the Glory of.
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