Humble Yourselves in the Sight of the Lord

1 Peter 5. 1 Peter reminds us that we are temporary residents here with duties to perform in the name of Jesus Christ and to the glory of God – and that we must do so in the face of resistance and persecution. Peter was preparing 1st century saints, as us, for suffering by holding out the promises of God to those who endure by faith.

I. DUTIES FOR OVERSEERS (1 Pet 5:1–5a)

A. Sharing of oversight (1 Pet 5:1)
B. Attitudes of oversight (1 Pet 5:2-3)
C. Reward of oversight (1 Pet 5:4)
D. Advantage of humility (1 Pet 5:5)

[All Christians should face their suffering with humility.]

II. REWARDS FOR HUMILITY (1 Pet 5:6–7)

A. Our eventual exaltation (1 Pet 5:6)
B. God’s immediate care (1 Pet 5:7)

[Humility is not passive, nor is it indifferent to suffering.]

III. ORDERS FOR SERVICE (1 Pet 5:8–11)

A. Keep a clear head (1 Pet 5:8)
B. Keep a ready shield (1 Pet 5:9)
C. Keep a true view (1 Pet 5:10-11)

“I know at first hand that the grace of God is more than enough for every demand of the Christian life: that grace is true, ‘the genuine article.’”
So, stand fast in it! (cf. 1 Pet 5:12-14)

Christians are exiles in this world (5:13; 1:1; 2:11); their true home is in heaven.
Greet each other as members of the family of God (5:14)
God’s peace is for all who are in Christ (5:14)

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