Friday, 30 November 2012

Friday's Five - 1 Peter 2 v 9-10


1 Peter 2 v 9-10

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,  a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”

This week Friday’s five is the five truths about our new position in Christ.

Christ is the center of everything.

He is the author and finisher of our faith.

Grace is NOT a doctrine it is a person and that person is Christ.

We receive Christ and accept all his finished work through the cross; he floods us with all of heavens riches. 

We get the inheritance that Jesus deserved.

1 Peter chapter 2 is a wonderful picture of all the grace that God showers upon because of Christ.

A Chosen People – We have become God’s people, his choice, and his wonderful children. He loves us, totally, fully, and eternally and he is overwhelming with bountiful blessings towards us.

We are Royal Priests – Every believer in the New Covenant is a Royal Priest. Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant and his sacrifice at Calvary was a once and for all time sacrifice that cleansed us from all sin, all unrighteousness. We can now boldly enter the presence of God that dwells inside of us.  Our priesthood is through Christ and is therefore holy and righteous and is perfect.

A Holy Nation – We are a holy people. We have been made holy and we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Holiness is not something we try to attain by abstaining from sin. Holiness is a free gift from God through Christ and is something we walk in as part of out new creation spirit. We live holy because we are holy.

Show the Goodness of God – God is good to us every second we live. He only gives us good things and never allows any evil to come to us. We are united with Christ and live with the goodness of God in our spirit. Goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our life.

Into his wonderful light – We are no longer in darkness but are in the full, bright, wonderful light of the New Covenant. God is light and in him is no darkness. He lives inside me and I am united with him. His light shines and radiates through my being and life.

We have received the wonderful mercy of God.

Once we were aliens, wanderers, those afar from God, separate from his righteousness.

Now we are sons, inheritors of all God’s riches, royal priest, holy, overflowing with the goodness and light of God.

All through Christ and his righteousness and we did not deserve any of it.

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