1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV
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.

The apostle comes to instruct the flock, I. How to behave themselves to their ministers and to one another.

He calls them the younger, as being generally younger than their grave pastors, and to put them in mind of their inferiority, the term younger being used by our Saviour to signify an inferior, Luke 22:26.

He exhorts those that are younger and inferior to submit themselves to the elder, to give due respect and reverence to their persons, and to yield to their admonitions, reproof, and authority, enjoining and commanding what the word of God requires, Hebrews 13:17.

As to one another, the rule is that they should all be subject one to another, so far as to receive the reproofs and counsels one of another, and be ready to bear one another’s burdens, and perform all the offices of friendship and charity one to another; and particular persons should submit to the directions of the whole society, Ephesians 5:21; James 5:16.

These duties of submission to superiors in age or office, and subjection to one another, being contrary to the proud nature and selfish interests of men, he advises them to be clothed with humility.

“Let your minds, behaviour, garb, and whole frame, be adorned with humility, as the most beautiful habit you can wear; this will render obedience and duty easy and pleasant; but, if you be disobedient and proud, God will set himself to oppose and crush you; for he resisteth the proud, when he giveth grace to the humble.”

They make a war within as well as fightings without. Impetuous passions and desires first war in their members, and then raise feuds in their nation.

There is war between conscience and corruption, and there is war also between one corruption and another, and from these contentions in themselves arose their quarrels with each other. Apply this to private cases, and may we not then say of fightings and strifes among relations and neighbours they come from those lusts which war in the members?

From lust of power and dominion, lust of pleasure, or lust of riches, from some one or more of these lusts arise all the broils and contentions that are in the world and, since all wars and fightings come from the corruptions of our own hearts, it is therefore the right method for the cure of contention to lay the axe to the root, and mortify those lusts that war in the members.

It should kill these lusts to think of their disappointment: “You lust, and have not, you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain, James 4:2.

You covet great things for yourselves, and you think to obtain them by your victories over the Romans or by suppressing this and the other party among yourselves.

You think you shall secure great pleasures and happiness to yourselves, by overthrowing every thing which thwarts your eager wishes but, alas! you are losing your labour and your blood, while you kill one another with such views as these” Inordinate desires are either totally disappointed, or they are not to be appeased and satisfied by obtaining the things desired.

The words here rendered cannot obtain signify cannot gain the happiness sought after.

Note hence, Worldly and fleshly lusts are the distemper which will not allow of contentment or satisfaction in the mind.

Sinful desires and affections generally exclude prayer, and the working of our desires towards God: “You fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You fight, and do not succeed, because you do not pray you do not consult God in your undertakings, whether he will allow of them or not and you do not commit your way to him, and make known your requests to him, but follow your own corrupt views and inclinations: therefore you meet with continual disappointments ” or else.

“Your lusts spoil your prayers, and make them an abomination to God, whenever you put them up to him, James 4:3. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.”

As if it had been said, “Though perhaps you may sometimes pray for success against your enemies, yet it is not your aim to improve the advantages you gain, so as to promote true piety and religion either in yourselves or others but pride, vanity, luxury, and sensuality, are what you would serve by your successes, and by your very prayers.

You want to live in great power and plenty, in voluptuousness and a sensual prosperity and thus you disgrace devotion and dishonour God by such gross and base ends and therefore your prayers are rejected” Let us learn hence, in the management of all our worldly affairs, and in our prayers to God for success in them, to see that our ends be right.

When men follow their worldly business (suppose them tradesmen or husbandmen), and ask of God prosperity, but do not receive what they ask for, it is because they ask with wrong aims and intentions. They ask God to give them success in their callings or undertakings not that they may glorify their heavenly Father and do good with what they have, but that they may consume it upon their lusts–that they may be enabled to eat better meat, and drink better drink, and wear better clothes, and so gratify their pride, vanity, and voluptuousness.

But, if we thus seek the things of this world, it is just in God to deny them whereas, if we seek any thing that we may serve God with it, we may expect he will either give us what we seek or give us hearts to be content without it, and give opportunities of serving and glorifying him some other way.

Let us remember this, that when we speed not in our prayers it is because we ask amiss either we do not ask for right ends or not in a right manner, not with faith or not with fervency: unbelieving and cold desires beg denials and this we may be sure of, that, when our prayers are rather the language of our lusts than of our graces, they will return empty.

The spirit of Christianity is a spirit of love. Faith works by love. The true religion is the strongest bond of friendship if it be not so, it has its name for nothing.

2. This brotherly love was in danger of being lost, and that in a time of persecution, when it would be most necessary it was in danger of being lost by those disputes that were among them concerning the respect they ought still to have to the ceremonies of the Mosaic law. Disputes about religion too often produce a decay of Christian affection but this must be guarded against, and all proper means used to preserve brotherly love. Christians should always love and live as brethren, and the more they grow in devout affection to God their heavenly Father the more they will grow in love to one another for his sake.

To hospitality: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for his sake, Hebrews 13:2. We must add to brotherly kindness charity.

Here observe, 1. The duty required–to entertain strangers, both those that are strangers to the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to our persons, especially those who know themselves to be strangers here and are seeking another country, which is the case of the people of God, and was so at this time: the believing Jews were in a desperate and distressed condition.

But he seems to speak of strangers as such though we know not who they are, nor whence they come, yet, seeing they are without any certain dwelling place, we should allow them room in our hearts and in our houses, as we have opportunity and ability

2. The motive: Thereby some have entertained angels unawares so Abraham did (Genesis 18:1-32), and Lot (Genesis 19:1-38), and one of those that Abraham entertained was the Son of God and, though we cannot suppose this will ever be our case, yet what we do to strangers, in obedience to him, he will reckon and reward as done to himself. Matthew 25:35, I was a stranger, and you took me in.

God has often bestowed honours and favours upon his hospitable servants, beyond all their thoughts, unawares.

Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a “Watchman.” I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.“ “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen.

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Yeshua as a Watchman. This I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength
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