1 Peter Chapter 5
1 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:
2 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;
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
This Chapter starts out with Peter instructing the church on how to conduct themselves. Peter establishes his authority in Christ having witnessed his suffering and resurrection. Verse 2 says: feed the flock of God. This refers to evangelizing the nation of Israel. Not for personal gain of any kind, but for the kingdom of God. Do not lord over people like you own the world, but set a Godly example. For this faithful service, when Jesus appears a crown of glory will be given to you.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
This section covers one of God's favorite traits, being humble. It starts by saying youngers submit yourselves unto elders. This teaches submission to God, which is our duty. Do not be filled with pride, because God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. If you will humble yourself under the mighty hand of God he will elevate you. Do not try to do this yourself, for vain glory, it won't work. God will take care of you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10But 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.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
This passage starts with one of my favorite verses. It warns us to be sober and vigilant, because the devil is waiting to destroy us the first chance he gets. Fear not, the grace of God is with us. We are called unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus. Even though we may suffer a while here on earth, Christ will make us perfect upon his return.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Peter finishes the letter by paying his respects. Saying, that he has left Silvanus to encourage them. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Here is the way to heaven for any unsaved or unsure people. It is by putting faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: