Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is , not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits , but eagerly and cheerfully;
Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation).
And when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the Marvin Vincent, Word Studies: When Paul uses the word translated ``crown," he typically has the conqueror's crown in mind, using the imagery of the winner of an athletic contest (see I Cor. 9:25). Peter seems to have this same imagery in mind as a symbol of the heavenly reward.conqueror's crown of glory.
Likewise, you who are younger and of lesser rank, be subject to the elders (the ministers and spiritual guides of the church)--. Clothe (apron) yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another. For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)--, but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,
Casting the Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.whole of your care on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.watchfully.
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring , seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
Withstand him; be firm in faith , knowing that the same (Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace , Who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.
To Him be the dominion (power, authority, rule) forever and ever. Amen (so be it).
By Silvanus, a true (loyal, consistent, incorruptible) brother, as I consider him, I have written briefly to you, to counsel and urge and stimulate and to declare that this is the true grace (the undeserved favor) of God. Be steadfast and persevere in it.
She in Babylon, elect (chosen) with , sends you greetings, and my son (disciple) Mark.
Salute one another with a kiss of love . To all of you that are in Christ Jesus (the Messiah), may there be peace (Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.every kind of peace and blessing, especially peace with God, and Webster's New International Dictionary offers this as a definition of ``peace." freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts). Amen (so be it).
Summary: We should be progressively striving to penetrate enemy held territory. Where is the territory? Everywhere! The world, this country, this state, your town or city, your own home, your family and your own body and mind - no one is exempt from these encounters!
Summary: Peter commands us to “resist” the devil, but is not exactly specific. The Apostle Peter describes for us in this passage that Satan is a lion prowling around. Satan acts like a lion. Well, how do you hunt a lion? How do you kill a lion?
Summary: You see, the help that we receive from the hand of God comes as a result of our humble hearts being yielded to Him in all things. God helps those who are humble before Him in the manner and time in which He sees fit.
Summary: As potent as humans are, our potency is quite limited. There are challenges in our lives that we are impotent to handle, we must recognize this, and instead of give up, just learn to let go and let God.
Summary: I use a fishing rod and a sinker and a bobber as we consider changing our attitudes and trusting God. The current events that we hear on the news are so gloomy, we can choose a different outlook and TRUST GOD.
Summary: Peter wants the elect of God to not lose hope but to realize that suffering is one tool that God uses to prepare us for life and service in the Kingdom of God. A close view of our text reveals four things that God promises to His elect who are enduring trials and tribulations, sufferings