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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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09/27/2017

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Chosen By God


"And coming to Him as a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a royal priesthood to offer up sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet.2:4-5).

In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses told the people that God had chosen them. That was a difficult concept for them to understand.. Just why would the creator of the universe choose them for such favorable treatment? God's response to them was to make a few things perfectly clear. He had not chosen them because they were wonderfully upright folks. (Deut.9:5). He also had not picked them because they were mighty and numerous. So..... Just why did God make the children of Israel His chosen people? It is easy and simple... He chose them because He loved them, (Deut.10:15) and that was enough...Fast forward to Peter's day and find that he wanted his readers to bow their heads in gratitude. Why? He wanted them to grow and be strong because they were chosen.... Since we are Peter's readers too, that means us! Jesus, who had chosen them (us) was the Rock, a living stone, and now Peter mixes a few metaphors. With this mixture, Peter says that Christ is a solid and reliable rock, but he chooses and loves like a living Savior. In Christ, we have the absolute best of all worlds.... When a penitent sinner puts on Christ, he or she also becomes a rock in God's house. Christians are not a passive building material, but as today's verses tell us, they are living stones and holy priests... If a Christian despises their blessings, God holds them personally responsible. As living stones and royal priests, we ought to find the inspiration we need to grow in faith and obedience...

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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