Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.’ – 1 Peter 2:5
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: In the Priesthood of Jesus Christ, we are completely blessed to obey.
The Apostle Peter addresses Believers as ‘lively stones, calls them priests, whose priesthood is a holy one. If their priesthood is holy, it is imperative that they are holy. As an assurance, the Apostle goes on ‘But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy’ (1 Peter 2:9-10 [NIV]).
In the past, these people had no identity, but now, they have received God’s mercy by reason of Christ’s sacrificial death. They are a chosen generation, a special or peculiar people, called out of darkness into light. They were once alienated from God but now they are united with Him. believers are now God’s family. The key text says that the Lively Stones’ are acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. This is what the Priesthood of Jesus Christ has accomplished!
In the Levitical Priesthood, the blessing was obtained on the basis of obedience, but in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ we are completely blessed to obey. You are blessed to obey because everything is freely given to you. Apostle Paul in Romans 8:32 reminds every believer, ‘He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?’ This is an assurance that we have free access to all things and anything we desire. Again, Christ had blessed us with all spiritual blessing. ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ’ (Ephesians 1:3). I want you to assure your hearts that you are the lively stones and the blessed in Christ. Nothing can change your status as the blessed one!
INSTRUCTION:Always assure your heart that Christ had blessed you with all spiritual blessings.
Prayer:I an grateful to Christ as the Mediator of the New Covenant, in Jesus Name.
QUOTE:Believers are completely blessed to obey
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LEVITICUS CHAPTER 20; EVENING: 1 CORINTHS. CHAPTER 16