Tuesday, November 3, 2020

"God's Very Own Possession"


“God’s Very Own Possession”


…You are a chosen people.  You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.  As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.  “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people.  Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s Mercy.” Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.  Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors.  Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when He Judges the world.      1Peter 2:9-12


The Apostle Peter was not only speaking to the Jews but also to the Gentile BELIEVERS, concerning their standing in the Christian realm.  Anybody who is not JEWISH is called a GENTILE.  And Peter was giving this message to ALL TRUE BELIEVERS, because we ALL are “CHOSEN PEOPLE,” ROYAL PRIESTS, a HOLY NATION, and MORE than that we are GOD’S OWN POSSESSION.  We were bought with the price of the PRECIOUS BLOOD of JESUS CHRIST, the RISEN LAMB, the REDEEMER of ALL mankind, and the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. 


God called us OUT of the DARKNESS of SIN and DESPAIR, and BROUGHT us into the LIGHT of His GLORIOUS LOVE, MERCY and GRACE, and He set our feet on the SOLID ROCK, who is the LORD JESUS CHRIST, His ONE and ONLY Son, who took OUR SINS to an OLD RUGGED CROSS, where HE SUFFERED, BLED and DIED, then after three days He was RAISED out of that tomb and was the VICTOR over DEATH and the GRAVE, and because of this He has given us FREEDOM from our sins and from the PENALTY of those sins.  Now, through Him we can have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.


Once we had NO HOPE, NO IDENTITY, but NOW, we are GOD’S PEOPLE and His POSSESSION.  Once we had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, NOW, we have RECEIVED GOD’S MERCY and GRACE.  This is WONDERFUL news for the TRUE BELIEVER.  But along with this POSITION, we MUST KEEP AWAY from WORLDLY DESIRES, which wars AGAINST our very souls.  If we LIVE PROPERLY, meaning to LIVE in the SPIRIT and NOT in the FLESH.  Then those who are UNBELIEVERS, and are watching us, may SEE our HONORABLE BEHAVIOR, and they will give honor to God when He judges the world. In other words, WE NEED to let the LOVE of GOD shine in us that OTHERS might see our GOOD WORKS and GLORIFY our HEAVENLY FATHER.


However, if you are an UNBELIEVER, whether you are JEW or GENTILE, and you HAVE NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD, through Christ Jesus, then you are NOT HIS OWN POSSESSION, and your FUTURE is an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there.    In order to become GOD’S OWN POSSESSION, you MUST BE WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  And BELIEVE, with ALL you HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  You MUST ACCEPT God’s Gift of SALVATION and become GOD’S VERY OWN POSSESSION, with an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!


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