Clothed with Humility, Clothed for Glory/1 Peter 5

Blog & Mablog | 3/17/2018 | Douglas Wilson
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Peter now comes to his final words of exhortation and encouragement. The holiness under pressure that he has been encouraging them in is a holiness that is arrayed in humility. This humility is characteristic of the entire Christian body, including the head of that body, meaning of course the Lord Jesus.



“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: 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; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away . . .” (1 Pet. 5:1-14).



Peter concludes his letter by exhorting the elders among them. He does so as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and a partaker of the coming glory (v. 1). His charge is that they are to feed the flock, exercising oversight of the flock (v. 2). They should not be compelled to the task, but rather should be willing for it. They must not be in it for the money, but rather because their mind is ready and eager for the work involved (v. 2). Oversight does not mean “lording” it over the heritage of God, but rather should be offered through gracious example (v. 3). When the Chief Pastor appears, such elders will receive a crown of glory that never fades (v. 4).

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