Prescriptions of God’s Promises-1 Peter 5:5-11

 

1 Peter 5:5-11 “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Pietro 5:5-11 «E tutti rivestitevi di umiltà gli uni verso gli altri, perché Dio resiste ai superbi ma dà grazia agli umili.Umiliatevi dunque sotto la potente mano di Dio, affinché egli vi innalzi a suo tempo, gettando su di lui ogni vostra preoccupazione, perché egli ha cura di voi. Siate sobri, vegliate; il vostro avversario, il diavolo, va attorno come un leone ruggente cercando chi possa divorare. Resistetegli stando fermi nella fede, sapendo che le medesime sofferenze affliggono i vostri fratelli sparsi per il mondo. 10 Ora il Dio di ogni grazia, che vi ha chiamati alla sua gloria eterna in Cristo {Gesù}, dopo che avrete sofferto per breve tempo, vi perfezionerà egli stesso, vi renderà fermi, vi fortificherà stabilmente. 11 A lui sia la potenza, in eterno. Amen.”
    
     Peter closes his first letter addressing a message to the shepherds, followed by a message to young men and then to all Christians (“all of you). His series of short commands are always accompanied by a promise from God. The Bible is filled with prescriptions of God’s promises: if we do this, then God will do that. Notice the three salient messages Peter gives to these scattered believers. 
     First, “clothe yourselves with humility. These words are carefully selected to reflect his intent. The clothing referred to here is an apron of a slave. We are always to be gracious and self-sacrificing toward each other. The promise is that God’s mighty hand will lift us up.  
     Second, by quoting Psalm 55:22, he tells them to “cast all your anxieties on the Lord. The casting that is used in the Psalm reference implies more of a throwing. When we cast our cares on the Lord, they are to be far enough away that we can’t retrieve them back. The promise is a reminder that “He cares for you.” 
     Third, be “self-controlled and alert” by standing firm in the faith and consistently resisting the devil’s attacks. It is a defense strategy. Christians can stand firm against Satan only if they depend on Christ. The promise is that the persevering believer can expect that God’s grace will sustain him and God’s power will restore him with even greater strength. 
     So put on your apron, throw away your worries and stand up against the spiritual forces that come your way!
Pray with me: Lord, I know this a sober reminder to me of how I should live in this present age when I am surrounded by forces that want to pull me down. Help me to follow the simple prescription for a strong and steadfast spiritual life.


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