"The Priesthood"

Marriage and Family Meditations XLIX (49)

Psalm 104:34    May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD.

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Christian Relationships

Marriage–Christ and the Church

“The Priesthood”

Dear Friends and Family,

In previous blog posts taken from Ephesian 5 we have meditated on the Christians relationship to Jesus as a bridegroom to us as His bride. In this meditation from 1Peter we are looking again at our precious relationship with God, our Father, through His Son Jesus Christ from a different perspective. I often go back to this passage to be reminded of how God sees me because I can have a very distorted view of who I am in Jesus. I hope you are encouraged to think about your life in Him as He sees it.

1 Peter 2:7 – 10 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,

“The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone,” and

“A stone of stumbling

And a rock of offense.”

They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. 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; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

The average Christian person does not think of himself or herself as being in the priesthood, or even further as being called to a “Royal Priesthood”. Some might realize to some degree that we are His special people. In previous meditations we have looked carefully at this precious relationship that we have with Jesus that has begotten us into the kingdom of God, and made us “His children”. Here in 1 Peter, as he reviews what God has done for believers, God elevates our relationship with Him to that of “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people”. Then Peter gives us the purpose of our new station and responsibility in this life: “that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

What would the Church be like if all of us as believers to fully embraced (heart, soul, strength and mind) the life that our precious Lord has given us? He has called us out of the darkness (of sin and corruption in this world), into His marvelous light (of faith, hope, and love) and begotten us into the kingdom of God. As His children it is time step up to the calling God has mercifully and graciously given us to live as His chosen generation, His royal priesthood, His holy nation, His own special people. Let us proclaim His praises, let us proclaim our love for Him, and let us love Him more and more each day for the precious life He has given us. Let our homes shine with the light of His loving forgiveness, grace and mercy.

Loved ones, it seems clear from our previous meditations, if we are going to do what we have been taught to do, to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, then we must embrace our high calling and learn to minister to Him, and serve Him, in the manner taught in His word. As His royal priests, we can learn to love and serve (as He our High Priest did) all or those around us, our family, our friends and the people of the world (our neighbors) in the name of our Lord Jesus.

In 1 Corinthians 6: 19 – 20 God’s word teaches us that Jesus paid the purchase price for us and our bodies are now the temple of the Holy Spirit, whom we have from God. We are sanctified (set aside for God’s purposes) and are able to glorify our Precious Savior in our bodies and spirits. As priests of God in our homes, our work places, our places of recreation, we are called to minister (serve) the love of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.

What a wonderful, challenging, and exciting purpose we have in this life!

Let us encourage one another to fully trust in and embrace who we are called to be in our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ!

Love and Blessings to All… Vince

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