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MESSAGE FOR 06-22-2024 1PETER CHAPTER FIVE

The book of 1Peter, like all books in the LORD’S Word, was inspired by the Holy Spirit of ALMIGHTY GOD. This first of two epistles was written by the apostle Peter from Rome around 63 A.D. Or as I like to say, A.D.A.R. (after death, after resurrection). During this time, the Roman emperor Nero was about to unleash mass persecution upon the Body of Christ. 1Peter is comprised of five chapters and contains instruction, warning, and encouragement to the Body of Christ, including the converted Jews who believed on JESUS CHRIST as their Messiah and became part of the true Church. Of course, just like all books of the LORD’S Word, this message is intended for everyone folks, saved and unsaved, Jew and Gentile alike. Remember, we are all created in the image of ALMIGHTY GOD; however, we are not all considered His children until we are saved and serving JESUS CHRIST. Learn the only truth and wisdom from the LORD’S Word so you are not deceived.

 

The apostle Peter concludes his first letter to the Body of Christ, which includes the converted Jews and the converted Gentiles, as he continues to bring them encouragement through the Blessed Hope of JESUS CHRIST. Peter exhorts the elders who were among the brethren, identifying himself also as an elder, as well as a fellow, “…witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:…” 
The Body of Christ is founded on the Rock, who is JESUS CHRIST, and those who serve Him are considered “lively stones”, built upon the solid foundation. The LORD’S Divine Plan for His church involves a specific order of authority positions (Ephesians 4:11-13) which includes apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, no certain position lording themselves over another. Pastors and elders are one and the same, who are called to oversee the Body of Christ and feed the flock. The world system has perverted the term “pastor”, lifting up this position over other authority positions, and is not according to the plan of ALMIGHTY GOD. Peter was an apostle and an elder, which means he was given authority by the Holy Spirit to preach to the unsaved, establish the church in whatever area he was preaching, and (under the LORD’S guidance) set up elders to oversee the churches. NOTE: There is one true church, the Body of Christ, and it certainly is NOT catholicism or any man-made denomination.
Peter instructs the brethren in verses two and three: 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 ensamples to the flock. In the book of Matthew chapter ten we read the account of when JESUS CHRIST chose His twelve apostles and equipped them for ministry. In Matthew 10:7-8 JESUS CHRIST STATES: And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 
Just as we have freely received the truth of the LORD’S Word through His Holy Spirit revealing this wonderful gift to us, we in turn are to freely share it with others. No one should be charging for the Word of ALMIGHTY GOD folks! This would include so-called “Old Testament tithe”, which was only intended for the Jews during those times, “faith conferences” ,”prayer breakfasts”, and social media platforms that include a “donation” button, just to name a few examples. The Body of Christ is also called to be humble servants who are not concerned about who is most important, but rather working together in unity. The main focus should be lifting up JESUS CHRIST, being led by the Holy Spirit, and bringing all glory to the FATHER.
In the book of Matthew 20:25-28 JESUS CHRIST STATES: “…Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. The perfect example to follow is JESUS CHRIST, a meek and humble servant, who gave all glory to the FATHER, not Himself.
Peter encourages the brethren of the sure return of JESUS CHRIST with verse four: And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.  AMEN! We are called to endure through faith in JESUS CHRIST alone (Romans 10:9 and Mark 16:16) and through obedience to the FATHER. We will then be considered a child of ALMIGHTY GOD, joint-heirs with JESUS CHRIST, and blessed with eternal life with our crown of glory.
The apostle then continues his instruction to the church, reminding the younger members of the flock to be respectful to the elder and also for: “…all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” In the book of Isaiah 57:15 GOD’S WORD STATES: For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 
Peter emphasizes this point with verse six: Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  We also read in the book of James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. The Body of Christ is warned to “check themselves” and realize we are nothing without ALMIGHTY GOD, who created us and blesses us with every moment we live and breathe. A meek and humble spirit is what gets the attention of ALMIGHTY GOD folks, not a person who lifts up themselves or others instead of Him. We are encouraged to trust in the LORD with all matters of our lives, no matter how great or small. We read in verse seven: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
Why is Peter warning the brethren to keep themselves in check? As we read in verse eight: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: INDEED! We are warned that the devil is the enemy of our souls, who hates everyone because we are created in the image of ALMIGHTY GOD. Once we are saved, serving JESUS CHRIST, and considered a child of GOD, the devil hates us even more folks, which is why we all need to be on guard (Ephesians 6). Satan knows he has but a short time before he is cast into hellfire for eternity, and desires to take as many souls with him as possible. This is why it is crucial to know you are saved, and to know the Word of GOD very well, so you are not deceived by our adversary, who constantly seeks for an opportunity to devour us.
Peter continues with verse nine: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. Despite the fact the devil and his angels (demons) continue to attack us, we have the Blessed Hope of JESUS CHRIST! The Body of Christ is encouraged to grasp onto this truth, and also to lift one another up in prayer, to war against the enemy of our souls. This is one way to stay sober and vigilant.
We read in verses ten and eleven: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
When JESUS CHRIST walked the earth over two-thousand-years ago, He was persecuted; we who serve Him should expect the same thing. Peter exhorts the brethren to endure, as gold is tried in the fire and refined. We are called to be perfect, something no person can achieve on their own folks. We can only be perfect through the shed blood of JESUS CHRIST, once we freely choose to believe on Him and commit our lives to serve Him. In the book of 1Corinthians 1:9 GOD’S WORD STATES: God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Peter closes his first letter to the Body of Christ, written at the hands of Silvanus, one of the fellow brethren: “…I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand. Peter sends regards from the Body of Christ in Rome, as well as Marcus, considered the spiritual son of Peter. We read in verse thirteen: The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son. Notice that Peter refers to Rome as “Babylon”? This is New Testament folks, and something to take notice of as we approach the end times. The church is then encouraged to greet one another with a “kiss of charity”. This does not mean that brothers and sisters in CHRIST should be kissing on one another and rubbing up against one another. This translates to fellow brethren showing the agape love of CHRIST by a kiss on the cheek, a hug, or handshake, men to men, and women to women. Not women or men hugging on a stranger, or someone else’s spouse. Peter concludes with: “Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen”. 
Just as The HOLY SPIRIT equipped Peter to share this message to the original audience, we are called to take heed as well. Our time on this earth is short and we all need to know that we are truly saved. I pray this message inspires you to call on the Name of The LORD today, if you have not done so already. NEED A BIBLE? Click on the “Bibles” tab, request one, and it would be my privilege to send you one. I PRAY THAT THE LORD GOD HAS GOTTEN YOUR ATTENTION, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN!   : 
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4 thoughts on “BIBLE STUDY

  1. @Bob.55
    Seems to me that any God who would make threats to condemn the soul is a Satan God. For 2000 years Christians have had the wrong God. Too funny.

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