But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. – 1Pet. 2:9-10 KJV
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The devotional today is a continuation of the argument of Simon Peter in favour of the Almighty God and Jesus Christ, on the need for Christians to remain faithful irrespective of the negative experiences that they may be having in life – 1Pet. 1:7-13. He brought their attention to the fact that the Almighty God through the Holy Spirit had empowered Christians sufficiently to withstand whatever trial or temptation that may come their way (1Pet. 1:2-7) and that all that was required was for the Christian resolving to persevere during those times of trials and temptations, as there is assurance of victory in the end. All the Christian had to do was to see him/her self in the new Grace and live in that new status for such trials and temptations to be over in no time. He had also put up various arguments to support his position on why the Christian must continue to praise the Almighty God in all situations and had suggested several steps that the Christian could take to avoid breaking down under the pressures of life’s trials and temptations – 1Pet. 1:14-25. He made Christians realise that like Jesus Christ who was a precious stone and was rejected by the world, Christians should equally expect rejection but must remember that they are being built up for the purpose of praising the Lord and that they must always do irrespective of what they may be experiencing – 1Pet. 2:1-6.
Reminding them that the Lord Himself it was that confirmed that he had placed an elected precious corner stone in Zion that will ensure that all those who believe will never be confounded – 1Pet. 2:6. This was to symbolise the solidity of such foundation and the strength it possesses. He reminded them that just as those who believe in this stone found him precious, those who did not believe and are disobedient to this Word, the same stone has become the head cornerstone, a stumbling block and a rock of offence – 1Pet. 2:7-8. All those who did not place the foundation of their lives on the teachings of this rock will eventually discover that;
- That word that they rejected is actually the best foundation for successful and happy living. A life without it can not be firm and able to withstand the challenges of life.
- All those who did not accept this Word will eventually realise that they cannot move forward in life without the acceptance and practice of the teachings and instructions that he gave. Everyone need the knowledge provided by this Word to overcome the challenges of life.
- More significantly, all those who do not believe this Word will find themselves transgressing against the Almighty God as the instructions being given by this Word are directly from Him.
Proceeding further in his description of the Christian, who has believed in this stone and is willing to remain faithful till the end, Simon Peter in the scripture that is the foundation of today’s devotion states the following;
- Such Christian belongs to a chosen generation, called out of darkness into the marvelous light of the Almighty God. The position of the Christian before being called made it difficult to overcome the challenges of the world as it is impossible to fight darkness with darkness but being in this great light provided an enablement to fight and defeat forces of darkness – Matt. 12:26-33; Jn. 1:5-9.
- They are not just priests but one with royalty. There are definitely added privileges available to a priest who is serving a royalty than one serving generally. The privilege of being close to the seat of power by such a priest cannot be underrated. The Christian is not just a priest but one with the added privilege of being close to the Almighty God through Jesus Christ. There is no basis for comparing such with normal Jewish priest who indeed is a priest according to the Mosaic law but will not possess the advantage that Jesus Christ bestows on those who are priests through accepting him as Lord and Saviour.
- They belong to a holy nation, a people of the Almighty God unlike before when they were not seen as such. When the Almighty God declares a people as His own, they indeed become special to Him. A demonstration of this is the immense advantage that the Israelites enjoyed and are still enjoying today. Such is the advantage that is available to the Christian today that he/she can be considered as the Israelite of today. Just as the Bible says, they are not Israelites by tribal association, but have become one because of the grace that is provided through Jesus Christ.
- They belong to a group of people that are peculiar in some ways having obtained the mercy of God. There is definitely not doubt about the peculiar nature of the Christian as there is no other way to describe someone who does not possess any physical or spiritual ability but mere acceptance and profession of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior turns such into a terror to the kingdom of darkness. Suddenly the one that is being chased becomes the one that is being feared. There is indeed something peculiar about the Christian that the agents of darkness cannot comprehend.
- They have the role of showing forth the praise of the Almighty God. The Christian has become the bill board showcasing the greatness of the Lord. His/her life becomes constant testimony of the greatness of God. Suddenly the life of the Christian becomes the book that the world is reading to have an understanding of the greatness of the Almighty God. Every event that happens to the Christian must then be seen as glorifying Him in some ways.
When the Christian does not know who he/she is, there is the tendency to underperform. Situations that should not even be felt become major challenges for him/her. Moses was still crying to the Almighty God for help when he had the rod with him – Ex. 14:15-16. That was simply because he did not know who he had become with the transformation of the rod which he had always used to direct his father-in-law’s herd into a powerful spiritual tool by the Almighty God. It took the Lord questioning him on why he was calling on Him when he had the rod in his hands, before he appreciated the new person he had become with the transformed rod in his possession. The born again Christian is no longer who he/she was before declaring for Jesus Christ, especially after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit – 2Cor. 5:17. He/she is actually a new creature in all ways, special to the Almighty God and a creature of terror to the kingdom of darkness – Matt. 8:29. With the immense light shining in the life of such an individual, that darkness is unable to comprehend, people of evil can no longer withstand such a person and the authority possessed in the name of Jesus is so massive that evil spirits will have to plead for mercy in his/her presence – Acts 16:17. The devil and his agents know this but try to still harass the ignorant Christian. They will definitely continue to achieve success for as long as such a Christian dwells in ignorance of who he/she is but the minute such discovers him/her self, the devil and his agents will have no choice but to plead for opportunity to exit peacefully – Lk. 15:17
Exercise your right today as a Christian and challenge the devil in the name of Jesus Christ – Jms. 4:17. It is a right that you possess and a name that you are permitted to use with assurance of success and nothing to regret – Phil. 2:10. If the children of Sceva who did not know him used the name successfully (Acts 19:11-20), then one can only imagine the exploits that the true Christian will achieve. Remain in your faith and entertain no fear because as a Christian, you are not just a conqueror, but more than a conqueror – Rom. 8:37-39. May God grant us all the grace to know who we are, what we possess and be able to deploy them to His glory in Jesus name. Amen.