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No Longer Common
4/8/2013

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 1 Peter 2:9

In the Book of Acts we see the story of Peter sharing a vision he had from God with some Jewish converts.  The Jewish converts were criticizing Peter for visiting and eating with non-Jews, which was against Jewish practice, so Peter begins to tell them how this came about and what had happened. 

Peter told them, “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me. When I observed it intently and considered, I saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.  And I heard a voice saying to me, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’  But I said, “Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered me again from heaven, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.’ Now this was done three times, and all were drawn up again into heaven. Acts 11:5-10 (NKJV).

God had given this vision of a sheet containing both clean and unclean animals being gathered together and then being drawn back up to heaven.  This was a picture to let Peter, the Jewish converts, and every person know, the Lord was going to spread His blessing, mercy, and grace upon every man and women who would receive it (cf. 2 Pet. 3:9)—not just the chosen Jewish people.  It was a picture showing that what was once unclean, can be made clean by God—what was once common was now cleansed and made holy. 

I love this story because it is a picture of you and me, and every other person who has put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  We were once unclean, and unholy, but we have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, and we are now without spot.  We are no longer common.  When God sees us, He sees us in Christ Jesus (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 1:2; 15:22).  We are now holy, and set apart for His good works, which He prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10).

I think it is important for us to remember; in our unsaved condition we were merely sinners in desperate need of God’s grace and mercy.  But once we are saved our identity is not in our sinful flesh any longer; it is in our Savior who lives within us.  We are now a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and a people belonging to God (1 Pet. 2:9).  Shouldn’t we declare the praises of our Lord for calling us out of darkness into His wonderful light?

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 2:9, what can we learn about who we are in Christ Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you view yourself as part of a royal priesthood, and part of a people belonging to God?

APPLICATION: Let’s continue to focus on our real identity, and not our former one.  As we accept who we are in Christ Jesus, we will begin to live in victory and in peace.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for giving us victory over death, and sin.  We are sorry for the times we have not identified with our true identity, or the power You have given to us as Your chosen people.  Show us how to walk in victory today, and infuse us with a fresh filling of Your Spirit.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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