Summary of passage: Peter advises the elders to be shepherds of God’s flock, serving as overseers, and being examples to them. You will receive a crown of glory for their service.
Young men be submissive to elders and be humble to all. Give God your worries. Be self-controlled and alert for the enemy. Resist him and stand firm in faith and after you have suffered God will restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.
14a) A fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and one who will share in the glory to be revealed
b) In these times where Christians were being persecuted, it was important to have an encourager, someone to lead by example and guide those who were new to the faith and at times afraid of proclaiming it. These converts needed someone to show them how to lead the Christian life and to correct them and pick them up when they stumbled. It’s the same for today. We are all infants in our faith, growing, and we need support and guidance from elders.
c) Crown of glory (eternal life)
15) Respect their advice, treat them with respect, learn from them and their walk, and seek them out with questions of faith or advice on life.
16) Resist him and stand firm in the faith, staying self-controlled and alert always.
17) God will restore you, make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Conclusions: More repetition. And it all seems intuitive but I think this message is important for the younger generation to hear. Respect your elders (the leaders) and submit to them. They are much more knowledgeable than you are. Today one would be hard pressed to find stellar examples of respect or submission in the secular world. Short, concise, sweet, and pithy advice.