The Under Shepherd Part Two

To under shepherd In1 Peter 5:1-4 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. When Jesus restored the apostle Peter, He said, When Simon Peter, “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” He told him. A second time He asked him, “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” He told him. He asked him the third time, and Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time; he said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” Jesus said feed my sheep

Note feed my sheep twice once shepherd my shepherd. Just before Peter denied Jesus declare these words when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.” Despite Peter’s colossal failure, this was part of God’s plan to refine him in preparation for his role as the rock on which the church would be built. Matthew 16:8.

The. Dr. Adrain Rogers, in the sermon on Psalm 23, 4 your rod and your staff, they comfort me. ItAbout a stubborn sheep who tend to wander away from the flock, unaware of the danger lurking him. The shepherd broke his leg and picked him up and repaired the damage, and put him on his shoulder until the leg was healed. The shepherd put him the sheep down; he went next to the shepherd and Watched him tend; the sheep. He was put in charge of leading the sheep. The apostle Paul wrote, that the shepherds and teachers, is to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.

The apostle Peter and Paul understood failure, but they also understood forgiveness. In Act 9;15, But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. Also, in Acts 265=\18, to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins those who are sanctified by faith in me. Paul was Called by Jesus He wrote I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that I preached is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia. Or in Acts 9; 19, for some days, he was with the disciples at Damascus. “I went to Arabia.” Every servant of the Lord needs a time of seclusion and meditation. Moses had his forty years on the backside of the desert. David was alone with God while he tended sheep on the hillsides of Judea. In a sense he was unlearning his tradition

In Galatians 1;4 And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. Acts 9:19–25 (BBC): When he returned to Damascus (v. 22), he was able to confound the Jews in the synagogues, proving that this Jesus is the Messiah of Israel. This so infuriated them

that they plotted against the life of this one who had once been their champion but who was now an “apostate,” a “renegade,” a “turncoat.” Peter preached the first gospel; he was with Jesus for three years. Paul was in the Arabia wilderness for three years. Jesus equipped them to be under-shepherds, leading the other sheep through greener pastures. The apostle Paul shares in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits since he aims to please the one who enlisted him.

Tex Charles Waston God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves but in God.

Or H A Ironsides, God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves but in God. As Scriptures, For we are God’s fellow lding.

Lastly Believer Bible Commentary cannot read this without being reminded of the enormous debt which we had contracted as sinners, and of how it was all charged to the account of the Lord Jesus at Calvary. He paid the debt in full when He died as our Substitute. We are also reminded here of Christ’s ministry as our Advocate. When Satan, the accuser of the brethren, brings charges against us for wrongs we have done, our blessed Lord says in effect, “Charge that to My account.” The doctrine of reconciliation is illustrated in this book. Onesimus had been estranged from Philemon because of wrongdoing. Through the ministry of Paul (we have every reason to believe) the distance and “enmity” were removed. The slave was reconciled to his master. So we were estranged from God because of our sin. But through the death and resurrection of Christ, the cause of enmity has been removed and believers are reconciled to God

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