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1 Peter 5:6-13 Inductive Bible Study
I. Submit to God and resist the devil (6-11)
II. Closing farewell (12-14)
I. Verses 6-11
What is the therefore there for?
What are some ways you can humble yourselves?
What does it mean to humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God?
In what ways might God exalt us if we humble ourselves?
Can you think of any examples in the Bible of people who humbled themselves and God exalted them?
Is verse 7 a command or a suggestion?
What is the reason given for why we should put our worries on God?
Are there any worries you have that you need to take to God?
List several ways you can be on the alert against temptation/Satan.
Can you give any examples from Scripture of people Satan tried to “devour”? Which ones were successful? Which ones were unsuccessful? Why?
In what specific ways was Satan trying to devour/tempt the saints Peter was writing to?
What element or elements are key if we want to resist Satan?
What is waiting for us if we remain faithful?
What will He do for us? What responsibility do we have in receiving these things?
James 4:6 – God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Matthew 23:12 – Whoever exalts himself will be humbled.
Luke 18:9-14 – The humble tax collector
Ephesians 4:2 – With all humility and gentleness…
Matthew 6:25-30 – Which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not worry about anything.
Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down.
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you.
Ephesians 618 – Be alert with all perseverance.
Matthew 26:41 – Watch and pray that you may not enter temptation.
James 4:7 – Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armor of God.
1. Verse six is connected to verse 5. Because God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble, we should humble ourselves. Simple logic. We don’t want to find ourselves being opposed by God. That is the worst possible situation we could be in. Humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand. That means that God is the Almighty one. He is the King, the Creator. We should humble ourselves under Him. Psalm 2:2-4. This seems like basic common sense. But many people are like the proud ones in Psalm. They refuse to submit themselves to God. Why do people not want to submit themselves to God? They want their own way. They think they know better than God. What is true humility? Humility is viewing ourselves in the proper way, looking at ourselves through God’s eyes. It is also considering others better than ourselves (Php 2:3-4). It is realizing that we are the created, that we are limited in knowledge and power, and that we are sinners in need of a Savior. It is not overvaluing ourselves or our own opinions. At the same time, humility doesn’t mean that we go around with a “woe is me” attitude or act pitiful all the time. Neither does it mean that we go around slumped over with a bad posture and our eyes looking at the ground all the time without any confidence. Humility doesn’t mean weakness. Jesus was humble, but He was not at all weak.
2. If we humble ourselves, God will exalt us. For some this happens on earth (Joseph, Daniel, David, Jesus). For others it may occur in heaven (Jonathan). Regardless, we know that God is watching us. We know that God is pleased if we humble ourselves. We know that sooner or later He will reward us for that. Throughout the book of 1 Peter we have learned that it is better to please God than man. Here is another example of it. God is the only one who truly has the power to exalt people because He is the one with the highest position and with the authority to say who is exalted. For example, on this earth people may exalt someone (such as Darwin, or Marx, or Steve Jobs). But God has the final say. And He may put those whom the world exalts to the highest place in the lowest, worst parts of hell.
3. Here we are actually commanded to cast our anxiety on Him. The reason given is that He cares for us. Think about that thought for a minute. The Creator of universe, King of Kings and Lord of Lords cares deeply about you as an individual. He showed it through Christ’s death on the cross. God is not an impersonal force. He is not a distant observer. He is watching you closely. He has a plan for you. He wants the very best for a you, just like a loving parent wants the best for the kid. But the parent may not always know what is best for their kid. Even if they do, they may not have the power to see it happen. But God knows what is best for us AND He can make it happen. That is a good friend to have on our side!
a) Application: Probably most of us are familiar with this verse already. How many of you have heard it before? Do you all know the meaning? Ok, we all know the meaning. Now comes the tough part. Doing it. Do you do it all the time? Yeah, me neither. Some people worry more than others, but we all worry from time to time. Is this sin? According to the command here and in Philippians 4:6 (we are commanded not to do it) it is. What are some areas that you often worry about? What should you do when you begin to worry about them? What are some things we can do to stop worrying in situations like this?
4. Verse 8 – Do you believe the devil is doing this? I do. Do you believe that he also demons running around the earth like his little emissaries? I do. Do you believe that they have strategies and well-though-out schemes for ensnaring Christians? I do. If you don’t, read the Screwtape Letters as it will give a picture into how demons may scheme to ensnare Christians. How can we be alert?
a) We should know ourselves well. That means we should know our weaknesses and areas of worse temptation. Then we need to make sure we stay far away from the temptations that are worst to us.
b) Make no opportunity for the flesh. Two is better than one. If we are going to be a in a situation that could be a temptation, take along another believer. For example, even if as a guy you are going to share the gospel with a girl, take along another Christian so that there are three together instead of two. This can limit temptation.
c) Part of being alert is having an escape plan ready to go. That means we know what we are going to do if temptation comes. For me, whenever I fly or get on a bus I look around and have a plan as to what I will do if the worst happens. If that crash happens, at least I will know what I am going to do, which will cut down on reaction time and indecision. We should do this about temptation as well. When you face temptation, what will you do? Some things could include:
C. Call another Christian for help and encouragement.
D. Read Scripture.
A lion is a very dangerous creature. Lion and wild animal trainers try every trick in the book to tame them. Still, you can often read stories in the news about lion tamers who were killed by the lion. Most of the time it is because for a moment they were not alert and the lion chose that moment to attack. Let us not give Satan the same opportunity.
5. Resist him, firm in your faith. Don’t give in. Don’t give up. We have the greatest lion tamer who ever lived (Christ) who wants to help us have the victory. So do not depend on your own strength. Depend on Him. Faith is the victory. We must also have an iron will of determination that we will not give in to temptation.
6. Verse 9b – Satan wanted to use these trials in the life of the believers Peter was writing to, to get them off the path and in to sin. Some did turn away from God because of the persecution. Satan wanted them to give up, to complain, to grow bitter, to think it wasn’t worth it. Anything that could harm their Christian witness to others and their own spiritual life. But Peter wanted them to know that their situation wasn’t unique. Other Christians throughout the world were suffering too.
7. And God is faithful. See verse 10. God wanted each one to share in His eternal glory. Every believer who got through the trials successfully would be exalted/rewarded by God. He Himself would perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish them. Sounds pretty good to me! What is our job in it? Submit to Him. Humble ourselves. Open ourselves up to Him. Become the soft clay in His hands and allow Him to mold us and shape us however He wants to.
II. Verses 12-14
What does verse 12 mean: “through Silvanus… I have written to you…”?
Knowing that what we have learned in this book is true, how should we react to it? What is another word for “stand firm in it.”?
Who is Mark? What relationship did he have with Peter?
Silas: Acts 15:32, 16:37
Mark – 2 Timothy 4:11
1. MacArthur says that Silvanus here is Silas, Paul’s travelling companion. This could be because the root word in Greek basically the same.
2. Silvanus probably transcribed the letter for Peter and may also have delivered it for him.
3. The things in this book are true. Because they are true, we must obey it! This is in fact the basis for our obedience. If the Bible is not true, there is no reason to obey. If it is true, and it is, there is every reason to obey it.
4. She who is in Babylon – As mentioned in the first lesson on this book, Babylon is likely a code word for Rome. Since the believers in Rome were facing persecution, Peter didn’t want to mention the word in his book so that they wouldn’t draw more attention. This would mean that Peter was in or near Rome at the time of writing this letter.
5. Mark – Mark wrote the Gospel of Mark. He accompanied Paul on some parts of his missionary journeys. For a while, he abandoned Paul and Paul didn’t want to take him again. Barnabas took him back and Mark was faithful again for the remainder of his life.