November 16, 2018

1 Peter 2:9 ,,But ye are a chosen generation,,a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

The verse that follows the above scripture says “which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God, which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”. When we trace the history from Abraham to the time his descendants grew up to be a nation, we could see the genuine love of God upon these people. Why did he love them so much? It was not of what Abraham or his descendants had done, but chose them as His people and through them to show His plan for mankind.. The other nations that were in existence prior to this revelation were also in the plan of God to graft them into the same “tree” but at his own appointed time. It was not that the world at that time did not know God at all, they did  because of all that he created that are speaking about a powerful Being behind them, but they did not know how to worship him for who He is. They tried to fashion gods for themselves thinking they are worshiping Him, and of course devil that caused the downfall of man came in to magnify himself in their worship. The requirements of their worship were totally opposite to God’s nature, they were sacrificing their children to appease these gods. When the display of wickedness got to the peak, God destroyed the world with flood and then started again with Noah and his family. From these generation, God called Abraham and blessed him and told him to leave everything behind that he would place him on a land that would become theirs permanently from generation to generation. Those people occupying the land had to be destroyed to create this unique family of God through whom the whole world would know the Real God that created the heavens and the earth.

The plan of God was now to send his Son, Jesus Christ through this family, according to his promise, so that all nations of the world would be saved through Him. Prophet Isaiah had this to say about Jesus Christ in one of his writings ” I, the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Isaiah 42:6-7) . This was a prophecy that came to pass during the earthly ministry of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 4:12-16 which reads ” Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon, and Nephthalim. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up”.

We can clearly see from the scriptures that God had plan for the Gentiles through Jesus Christ. Therefore the scripture of today tells us that we, Gentiles, that have now accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, should show forth the praises of God because we have been called out of darkness into his marvelous light. Our Lord deserves all our praises knowing that we have been chosen from the foundation of the world to be a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, therefore we are not just ordinary people but people that are worth dying for. It was the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary that brought us into the kingdom of God. We that were in darkness are now made righteous through his blood. His blood wiped out all our sins (darkness) and now we are qualified to be called his royal priesthood, an holy nation and a peculiar (special) people of God. This verse makes me remember the song that goes thus “Amazing Grace that saved a wretched like me, I was once lost, but now I am found, was blind but now I can see”  We need to thank this God of ours for extending the salvation to the whole world and whosoever accepts his Son has eternal life, and will continue to dwell in the kingdom of his dear Son.

I am glad that I belong to Jesus, and my eternal home is secured in the mighty name of Jesus as long as I continue to dwell in the light  while I am in this world. What about you? Even if you have given your life to Christ you still need to continue to live a life of righteousness and godliness. Once you are in the light, you don’t want to go back to your darkness where Satan held you captive. The life we should live now is the one that should be remembering all the time the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ that brought us in and we should be thanking him and praising him in our new life which is what brings glory and honor to him. Our Lord Jesus is the Light of the world, let us stay in the Light and through our praises and our deeds, bring others to the Light. The Lord will increase the grace to do this upon us in Jesus Name, Amen.

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