“But You” (I Peter 2; Luke 9; Jonah4)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”  I Peter 2:9

Today we continue to write about some of the many things we have to be thankful for.

This day, I want us to consider being thankful for the “But you.”

Check out the first 9 verses of I Peter 2:

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[a]

and

“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Two glorious truths about the Word of God stand out:
1.  The Word of God is the spiritual milk that makes us strong in faith, Vs: 1-3.
As we take time each day to take in the Word, we gain spiritual nourishment for our daily loves.  Those who are thankful for the Word reach for the Word every day.
2.  The Living Word of God is the power that brought us to saving faith, Vs: 4.
Now that we have been brought to faith we rejoice because God is making us into a spiritual house filled with praise for the God who is daily making us into a people who live for His glory, Vs: 5.
The World rejects both the Living and written Word.  In doing so they are stumbling over their only hope.  This very day, you and I can praise our Lord for helping us to see the Hope of Christ!!!
Here is my big faith moment:  “We were once not a people but now, by His mercy, we have been made His people.”  Yes, we are the “But You!”
So on the eve of Thanksgiving, we give thanks to this glorious God who has given us life through His blood and is making us stronger through His Word.
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