Thursday, August 9, 2018
1 Peter 2:4-10 (NKJV)
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” 7Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” 8and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. 9But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light; 10who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
The passage today describes who we are in Christ Jesus. We are a living stone, a holy priesthood, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and His own special people. This is who we are as individuals and collectively as God’s people.
Sequel to who we are in Christ, we are ordained to offer acceptable sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ; this acceptable sacrifice is prayer. We must take the place of prayer and intercession seriously. The peace in us and around us is dependent on doing this read (1Timothy 2:1, 2). Christ qualifies us for this very service of approaching the throne of grace in intercession, (compare Hebrews 4:16). This privilege was reserved for the priests in the Old Testament. Therefore, we must live in praises every day and walk in the light. The only way we can appreciate the privileges God has given to us is to pattern our lives to please Him. Christians are a chosen generation called out from the world to live out the life of Christ in the world. As a royal priesthood, we are to issue decrees and order the enemy to give way. How God desires that we exercise our authority!
Prayer: O Lord our loving Father, we forever remain grateful to you for the wonderful privilege of choosing us to be your people. Help us to reflect your kind of life all the days of our lives in Jesus name, Amen!