IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: A LIFE OF POWER AND PURPOSE: THE PRIVILEGES OF A CHOSEN GENERATION.
Rev Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l (LIFOM)
“But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.”
“A chosen Generation.” Christians are a chosen generation because they have been chosen by God for salvation.
“A Royal Priesthood.”
The idea of Christians as a royal priesthood comes from 1 Peter 2:9-10, which says, “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.”
In this passage, Peter is emphasizing the honor that Christians have received through their salvation.
“A Holy Nation.” The concept of Christians as a holy nation comes from Exodus 19:6, in which God said to Israel, “You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
This promise was fulfilled in the New Testament church, which is made up of both Jews and Gentiles who have been set apart by God to be a people for his own possession. The church is called “holy” because it has been set apart from the world and consecrated to God.
“A Peculiar People.”
The term “peculiar” here means “one’s own possession.” In Titus 2:14, Paul writes, “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
In this verse, Paul is saying that Jesus redeemed his people from sin and purified them so that they might belong to him.
They are “peculiar” in the sense that they are God’s treasured possession.
“A People For HIS Own Possession.” This phrase comes from 1 Peter 2:9, which says, “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.”
The idea here is that God has called his people out of darkness and into his marvelous light.
They are a special people, set apart for his service and for his glory. In other words, Christians have been saved by God and set apart for his kingdom work.
” A Light To The World.”
In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
As God’s people, we have a calling to be salt and light in the world. We are to be a people who bring life and flavor to the world around us, and who shine the light of Christ to those living in darkness.
Let us pray for God to help us live out this calling, and let us look for opportunities to share the light of Christ with others.
It’s not enough for us to simply be aware of our calling as God’s people – we must take concrete steps to live it out.
This means being intentional about sharing the gospel with others, being a positive influence in our communities, and serving those around us.
Let’s ask God to show us how we can be salt and light in the places he has placed us. And let’s not be afraid to step out in faith and do the things he asks of us.
One of the most important aspects of our royal priesthood is the power and authority that comes with it. As believers, we have been given authority over the forces of darkness and the ability to share the gospel with others.
We have been given the Holy Spirit, who gives us power to live out our calling.
In Luke 10:19, Jesus said to his disciples,
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
Let’s take a look at the symbolism of snakes and scorpions.
Snakes are often seen as symbols of evil and danger, while scorpions are seen as poisonous and deadly creatures. By giving his disciples authority to trample on these things, Jesus was essentially saying that they had the authority to overcome all the forces of darkness and evil.
They had the power to defeat Satan and his schemes. This is a powerful reminder of the authority we have been given as God’s people.
In Joshua 1:5, God said to Joshua, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The same promise is true for us as believers. No one can stand against us when we are walking in God’s will and living out his purpose for our lives. We have his presence and power with us at all times.
The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7,
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” This verse is such an encouragement to believers. We don’t have to be afraid of the world around us or of the enemy who seeks to destroy us.
We have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome and to live victoriously. We have also been given love – the very love of God himself – to share with others.
As we walk in the authority and power that God has given us, let’s never forget that we are not alone. We have each other, and we have the body of Christ to support and encourage us.
Let’s lift one another up in prayer and be there for each other when times are tough. And let’s not forget to praise God for his goodness and faithfulness in all things.
We can trust that he is working all things together for our good, even when we can’t see it. Let’s walk in faith, trusting that our God is with us and for us
The Blood Covenant
Another important truth to remember! It’s a reminder that God is absolutely faithful and will never abandon us or break his promises. As it says in Hebrews 13:20-21, “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.”
One of the most beautiful things about the covenant of blood is that it was established through the sacrifice of Jesus.
He willingly gave his life to atone for our sins and to provide us with a way to be reconciled to God. Through his blood, we have access to the very throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
We are adopted into God’s family and given eternal life. And this covenant is unbreakable – it is “eternal” as Hebrews 13:20 says. “Nothing can separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:38-39).
Romans 8:37 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
The love of God is the foundation of our victory in this life. Even when we face trials and difficulties, we can have confidence that we will be victorious because we are not fighting on our own – we have the power of God fighting for us.
“Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.”
We can face any challenge knowing that we have already won through Jesus Christ.
“May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
May you go from strength to strength, and may the Lord be your ever-present help in time of need. May you be filled with his peace and hope, and may his joy overflow in your life. Amen.”
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