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Monday, June 29, 2020

Bible Passage:1 Peter 2:9

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

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There he gives Christians a true title, and has quoted this passage from Deut 7, where Moses says to the Jews, "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth."  "Priests" and "kings" are all spiritual names, as are "Christians", "saints," and "the Church".  And just as you are not called 'Christian' because you have much gold or wealth, but because you are built upon this stone and believe on Christ, so you are not called a priest because you wear a tonsure or long robe, but for this reason, that you come into God's presence.  Likewise you are not a king because you wear a golden crown, and have many lands and people subject to you, but because you are lord over all things, death, sin, and hell.  Therefore, it is as much as though he had said, "You are Christians", when St. Peter says here, "you are a royal priesthood," That you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  This belongs to the office of a priest, that he be a messenger of God, and receive from God Himself the command to preach His Word.  The excellencies, that is, the wonderful work that God has performed in you in bringing you out of darkness into light, you are to proclaim.  For your whole duty is discharged in this, that you confess what God has done for you; and then let this be your chief aim, that you may make this known openly, and call every one to the light, into which you have been called.


O Lord, I sing with lips and heart,
Joy of my soul to Thee:
To earth Thy knowledge I impart,
As it is known to me.

--
Cuda.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"


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