1 Peter 5:1-4
1The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Comment: Here the author, Peter, is claiming to be a eyewitness to Jesus, his sufferings, and by implication, in the statements referring to Jesus' return, the resurrection. How could Jesus return after suffering death unless he had been resurrected and gone someplace to return from? The credibility of this claim lies in the exhortations to the elders of the church. The essence of the exhortation is to serve sincerely expecting a reward when Jesus returns. How could anyone serve sincerely expecting a reward at Jesus return if Jesus was not still alive? Surely for Peter to make this appeal implies that he himself has this perspective. In fact, it is stated in verse 1. Thus there is no reason to doubt Peter's view that he was a witness of Jesus' resurrection. Once again, why would Peter appeal to a future, rather than immediate, reward if he didn't believe Jesus was raised and would return?