Before I Say Goodbye
Before I Say Goodbye
1 Peter 5:5b-14
Live As A Servant
Note in verse 5 there is a four word phrase
And All of you
A period after elder. New sentence. “All of you”
Peter moves from the specific to the general
Demanded in our dealings with one another we are to walk and act with humility.
Trench notes that the very word is a “fruit of the gospel” and was not employed by any Greek writer before the Christian era.
Moulton and Miligan cite no instance of the noun in the papyri nor does it appear in the Greek translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint.
Christ and his example requires that this is a Christian virtue.
The thinking of the world:
Greeks - Be wise
Rome - be strong
Epicureans - enjoy yourself
Humanism - believe in yourself
Psychology - be confident, assert yourself, I’m ok, you’re ok
Pride - promote yourself
God - be humble, forget yourself - serve me
“I don’t think anything has been done in the name of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality that the often crude, uncouth, and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition.”
Put on the adornment of the slave.
God is opposed to the proud
Pride robs us of God because we fail to see ourselves exactly as we are
Vs 6 - Allow yourselves to be humbled under the might hand of God (passive verb)
We cooperate with God
We are like the patient in need of physical treatment and relief so we find our self a doctor and place ourselves under his hand even if it means that hand must do surgery.
God’s hand is not malignant and capricious. Even if that hand allows suffering.
Look at the little word “that”
When is he going to exalt you?
At the proper time
Part of humility is the willingness to patiently wait for things according to God’s timetable!
Vs 7 - Casting
This is a participle - connected to the verb above
In the midst of suffering we cast it on him
Suffering brings anxiety!
Because he cares for us and he will exalt you at the proper time!
Walk in humility - The gentle spirit of someone who trusts God.
Live as a soldier.
Can you identify the enemy?
We know his schemes.
I know we have all heard it before. But we must, we must, we must, know the real things so well that we can sense it when the devil is at work. We can smell him.
Some of his attacks and deeds are very obvious.
He is attacking morality in this state.
His goal: to devour
How? Firm in your faith.
Resist the devil and submit to God
Eph 6:10 put on the armor of God
Live as a sufferer
For a little while
he called us to his eternal purpose
We are on the winning side
Peace be to you all who are in Christ