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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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In this concluding chapter of Peter’s first epistle, he begins with clear counsel to church administrators and leaders, using his eye witness experience of the sufferings of Christ as his credential.  “Don’t lord it over God’s heritage,” he advises, “instead, cheerfully tend your ‘flock’ as a shepherd would his sheep.” 

Sometimes we hesitate to speak of rewards for right doing, but Peter doesn’t hesitate (v.4), reminding us that the coming crown of glory will never fade away.   He encourages the younger members of the congregations to which he is writing to submit to those older in years and with more experience, but then states, in essence, “All of you submit to one another and  be clothed in humility” (v.5).

 “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (v.7).  Many years ago, with three toddlers vying for space on my lap at church, the woman behind me scribbled this verse on a scrap of paper and passed it to me.  It’s remained one of my all- time favorite promises in Scripture.

Once again, Peter reminds his hearers of the great controversy theme—a real adversary named Satan seeks to frighten believers into abandoning their faith and to turn them away from his nemesis, Christ Jesus. Resist! Remain steadfast! Be vigilant!  

“Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen (v.14).”

 

Cindy Tutsch, DMin

Associate Director (retired), Ellen G. White Estate

United States