Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Where's Your Loyalty?

1 Peter 2:9-10
9 But 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 marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

As believers in the Lord Jesus we are a chosen generation in every generation, in which we believe. This is every believer’s heritage and privilege that God bestows on us, having chosen us through His Son. Nobody then who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ is insignificant (1 Cor. 12:18-25). You may or may not have been a “significant” person before you came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. But you’ll never be more significant then when you join God’s eternally redeemed people. For everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ (regardless of their past lives) is accepted by God based on Jesus Christ's merits alone. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Cor. 5:21

That is the basis of our coming into a personal relationship with God. And thus our being accepted by God through the Lord Jesus Righteousness not our own (Rom 3:19-26). Therefore when anyone believes in the Lord Jesus Christ they receive not only remission of their sins, they become a part of God’s redeemed people. That is redeemed (or ransomed) back from sin and death and brought into new and everlasting life in Christ. As Jesus said:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

For it is Jesus Christ alone who has not only purchased this life for us, by His death on cross. But He is the Source of this life, by His Spirit, whose life fully indwells our own when we open our hearts to Him. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Cor. 5:17

Therefore as a chosen generation we are granted some very high privileges, not the least of which is being made apart of God's royal priesthood, His holy nation, and His own special people, that we might proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but now we are the people of God, who had not obtained mercy before we knew God, but now we have obtained His mercy!"

Therefore never mind what you were or what you weren’t. Live each day as what you now are. Chosen by God and anointed by His Spirit and thus called to be His Son's witness and servant showing His mercy to others as well. “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Rom. 8:15-17
Therefore no matter what your past sins were, know this, you now belong to the Lord Jesus Christ the moment you believed in Jesus (Eph. 1:13-14). God sealed you forever with His Spirit and began the process of transforming your person from the inside out (Phil. 1:6). For He has made you a joint heir with His Son Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Therefore never mind what you were, put your loyalty with God’s people, not with whatever God called you out of, and away from.

Scripture Quotations
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

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