Thursday, 15 April 2021
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…” – 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
The Amplified Bible continues to say “so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light”. Who can proclaim God’s excellencies, virtues, perfections, and wonderful deeds? Who can rightfully claim to speak for Him? A mere mortal without a special touch of heaven or divine encounter cannot. We need GOD to represent GOD or to even purport to speak on His behalf. If you think of the reality of it, it’s quite a daunting proposition. Quite a foolhardy supposition at that.
Just as the Apostle Paul prays for all believers in Colossians 1:9-10, we need to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding so that we can be able to tell of the wondrous works that He does, of His excellencies and virtues and perfections. What with the similar prayer in Ephesians 1:18 and 19a GNB, “I ask that your minds may be opened to see His light so that you will know what is the hope to which He has called you, how rich are the wonderful blessings He promises His people, and how very great is His power at work in us who believe.” And on he goes to say that this power working in us is the same as the mighty strength which He used when He raised Christ from death and seated Him at His right side in the heavenly world. Now working in us – unfathomable!
From the very sound of this, you quickly realize that we have to be who GOD says we are, nothing less can do. After all, it’s by Him that we’re born again, so He knows exactly who are His. So intense and pure our election and assignment that he says “to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10). Now fundamentally we can only make known that which is first revealed to us. How can we reveal not just the wisdom of God, but His manifold wisdom, if it’s not first revealed to us?
Brethren, we’re indeed a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, sojourners, aliens, and pilgrims. We’re reservoirs of the riches and sublime blessings of GOD. We’ve been chosen to represent Him in this world in wisdom, understanding, and knowledge that is not of this world. We’ve been appointed to tell all about His very great works for humanity, to reveal to others His nobleness, His absolute excellencies, and perfections. His love supreme. But first things first: ‘Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.’ It is truly amazing how the majority of believers have consigned this to the list of miscellaneous items, or to oblivion at worst. We’ve been set apart as God’s pantheon of witnesses and believers on earth not to walk in conventional wisdom but in the wisdom that is from above.
We’ve been set apart as God’s pantheon of witnesses and believers on earth not to walk in conventional wisdom but in the wisdom that is from above