Bible Passage:1 Peter 5:1
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
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Here St. Peter gives a direction for the behavior of those who are to preside over the people in the spiritual government. He has already said in the last chapter, that no one should teach or preach anything, unless he is sure that it is the Word of God, so that our conscience may stand on the firm rock. For this is imperative for us as Christians, that we must be confident what is well-pleasing to God, or not. Where this is lacking, no one can be a Christian. Next, he taught us, that whatever work or office any one might have, he should discharge it as though God was at work in it. But the present passage refers particularly to the bishops or pastors, as to what their fitness and conduct should be. Those elders, says St. Peter, who are to care for and to oversee the people, do I admonish, I who am also one. From this you clearly perceive that those whom he calls elders have been in the ministry and have preached, since he speaks of himself also as an elder. And here St. Peter humbles himself — he does not say that he was a lord, although he might have had authority for it, since he was an Apostle of Christ — and speaks of himself not only as a fellow-elder, but also as a witness of the sufferings that were in Christ, As though he had said, I do not merely preach, but am a partaker with Christians, even suffering Christians. By this he shows that wherever are true Christians, they must suffer and be persecuted. This is a genuine apostle.
Lord of the Church, we humbly pray
For those who guide us in Thy way,
And speak Thy holy Word;
With love divine their hearts inspire,
And touch their lips with hallowed fire,
And needful strength afford.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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