Good day People of GOD. Happy new week!
Today we will be looking at 1 Peter 2:5-6, which tells us that we are amongst other things, a holy priesthood meant to offer acceptable sacrifices unto GOD.
1 Peter 2:5-7New International Version (NIV)
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
After redemption, you become a ‘living stone’, part of other ‘living stones’ used to build a ‘spiritual house’ which will become a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to GOD through CHRIST.
In John 10: 10, JESUS explains HIS Mission on earth as coming to give life and give it abundantly to HIS People: ‘The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (emphasis mine KJV)’. Thus, believing in JESUS and confessing HIM as your LORD and Saviour makes you to receive Life, that would transcend your sojourn on earth. It is this Life in you that makes you qualify to spend Eternity in Heaven. This is why in Galatians 2: 20, Paul says the following:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (NIV).
Paul is saying here that as he has given his life to CHRIST, he is dead to the flesh, but has the Life of CHRIST in him. Moreover, in Paul tells the Romans in Romans 8: 10- But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness (emphasis mine NIV). A better translation is that of the New Living Translation which says, ‘And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.’.
Therefore, one you are born again, you automatically receive the Grace to live a holy and righteous life according to GOD’s Standards. How? You receive the HOLY SPIRIT at the New Birth. HE is the Spirit that imparts the fear of GOD in you (Isaiah 11: 2), and thus, gives life because of righteousness.
Have you ever wondered why GOD even bothered to save mankind by introducing the New Covenant? The old one was pretty okay… Well, you do not need to go further than John 3: 16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. This is one of the first Scriptures you got to know, right? Yes, GOD wanted to reconcile mankind to HIMSELF, and this is why HE sent JESUS to die for us, and help us become a Holy priesthood that will offer acceptable sacrifices to HIM. The reason why you and I are saved is so that we can serve GOD or offer acceptable sacrifices to HIM. HE figured the Old Covenant had too many ‘barriers’ to HIMSELF, and GOD wanted to include the Gentiles. Colossians 1: 19-20 says:
19For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him [JESUS], 20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven (NIV).
In 2 Corinthians 5: 19-20, Paul appeals to the Corinthians to reconcile themselves to GOD:
19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (NIV).
Finally, GOD has given you the privilege to be born again. Don’t throw it back in HIS Face or nail HIS Son back to the cross. You are destined to be a holy priesthood unto GOD, and offer acceptable sacrifices unto HIM. Endeavour to do this by HIS Grace, and see yourself become a living testimony! We will look at verse 6 tomorrow. Stay tuned for that! Enjoy your day 🙂
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Word in JESUS’ Name!
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AmataDei Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)
© May 2016
Pretoria, South Africa