Living, Holy, Sacrifices

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“Come to Him as unto a living stone rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious. Ye also as living stones, are built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5 KJ21

The Holy Spirit speaking to us through these words of the Apostle Peter just as He spoke them to those of the people of the 1at century, brings to our memory the fact that we come to Jesus not because He is popular. For now as in the days of His life on this earth, the populace rejects Him as being much of anything more than a vague historic figure. He was certainly not vague and certainly not just a historic figure that was admired by many. He is living and still interacting within His people today – more than He ever did while confined to the flesh and movements His body allowed. 

We come to Him because He was chosen by God and precious to Him. We are the living stones that comprise His spiritual body, this house. As such we are a holy priesthood. The dream of the God-Head through the ages has come to pass! The mystery hidden through the centuries, but treasured by God – God in us – living! What an awesome fact! This is what the prophets longed to see and what their hearts long to understand. This is the mystery of all mysteries, unfolded in us who have chosen the same One God chose. This has made us the nation of priests that is spoken of in the Old Testament. He told the people then they would become a nation of priests. That is who we are! 

We have sacrifices to offer, just as the scripture says, but these precious, holy sacrifices are our bodies (Romans 12:1) and our words (Hebrews 13:15) “the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.” What joy we have in this living dedication of being in such a way that our very words and actions bring praise and glory to our God and our King. This is a holy calling Beloved and it is ours. Thank you Lord for empowering our lives to be in You the perfect praise that lives and lives and lives. 

2 thoughts on “Living, Holy, Sacrifices

  1. I like this posting, Sister Iris, especially the part about being a holy priesthood. At Sinai, the covenant stated, “If you obey my voice and keep my commandments, … you will be a holy priesthood …” (Ex 19:5,6). That covenant at Sinai was conditional and I believe it was broken when the gold calf was built. Then a new covenant was given to the Levites which made them a holy priesthood while those of the twelve tribes were given a different covenant, the one at Moab.

    But under this new covenant, mentioned above in 1 Pet 2:4-5, those who have chosen Christ have become that holy priesthood. As you stated, we the church has become a nation of priests.

    Praise the Lord!
    Tom

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