Life Lessons From Peter (part 4)

LIFE LESSONS FROM 1ST PETER (PART 4)

(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

 

TEXT: 1ST PETER 2:9-12 (NIV)

1Pe 2:9, 10: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 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.

  • the 1st time we hear about a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation is Exodus 19:4-6 (read).
  • we are called to DECLARE THE PRAISE OF HIM…NOT JUST OUR SINGING OR PRAISING IN CHURCH BUT THE LIFE THAT WE LIVE OUTSIDE OF CHURCH
  • ONCE YOU WERE NOT A PEOPLE:  NOW THE PEOPLE OF GOD; THE BODY OF CHRIST
  • All believers alike, not JUST ministers, are now the dwelling of God  and priests unto God
  • ALL BELIEVERS HAVE direct ACCESS TO GOD THROUGH CHRIST (EPH. 2:17- 19)
  • as priests of god we:
    •  OFFER PRAISE & PRAYER UNTO GOD  & service to man (HEB 13:15, 16)
    • OFFER OUR BODIES& LIVES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE (ROM. 12:1-2, 6:13)
    • in PHIL. 2:17:  paul speaks of his life being poured out as a drink offering onto god on the service and sacrifice of their faith
    • interceed:   GOD’S BURDEN FOR UNBELIEVERS (1 TIM. 2:1-4)
    • col 4:12 speaks of one epaphra, a servant of Jesus Christ who is always wrestling in prayer for ephesian christians
    •  like the levites the priests of israel  OUR INHERITANCE IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (1 PET. 1:4)

1Pe 2:11, 12: Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

  • OLD APOSTLE PETER USES THE WORDS “I URGE YOU”; URGE SPEAKS OF URGENT
  • ALIENS & STRANGERS IN THE WORLD (WE DON’T BELONG; IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF THE WORLD) ABSTAIN FROM SINFUL DESIRES
  • 1Pe 2:11 MSG: Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.
  • SINFUL DESIRES ARE IN MORTAL COMBAT AGAINST OUR SOUL,  OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
  • I CANNOT REMEMBER A TIME WHEN CHRISTIANS WERE UNDER ATTACK BY THE MEDIA, BY OUR SOCIETY, EVEN BY THE COURTS AS THEY ARE TODAY, sadly we often bring these attack upon ourselves
  •  THOUGH THEY ACCUSE YOU OF DOING WRONG, LET THEM SEE YOUR GOOD DEEDS and your exemplary life:  OUR WALK SHOULD LINE UP WITH OUR TALK.
  • THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL but mighty to god to the pulling down of strongholds

conclusion:  the last reference to Christ  making his people a kingdom and priests onto to god is found in  revelation  5:9,10 (read).  i’m sure that every believer is a part of the kingdom, but i’m not sure that every believer is a priest onto god.  i believe that every believer is called to be a priest onto god, but some draw back even as israel did and want someone else to stand in their stead, as israel did moses.  which of those are you?

 

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