Jesus Will Give You A Marvelous Life (#212)

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Scriptures:
1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 2:1–3, Matthew 4:17

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Scripture(s):
1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 2:1–3, Matthew 4:17
Date:
12/01/2023


1 Peter 2:9 (ESV) 9 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.

Believers are transferred into the kingdom of His beloved Son means our citizenship changes when Jesus becomes our Savior. Before being rescued, we walk in disobedience and sin, obeying our commander, the devil (see Ephesians 2:1–3). After salvation, our passport gets stamped “citizen of heaven,” and our King is now “the Lord Jesus Christ” (see Philippians 3:20). We are “no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household” (Ephesians 2:19). The apostle Peter declares, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Much of Christ’s teaching focused on His kingdom (Matthew 4:17; 5:1–12; Luke 12:32; Matthew 13:10–52). Believers must be “transferred” into the kingdom of heaven because we can’t move there of our own volition. The Bible says we are powerless to save ourselves (Romans 5:6–8; Ephesians 1:7). The heavy lifting can only be accomplished by God, who “saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

What will God say about me? ”Well done!” (Matt. 25:21 )or “depart from me” (Matt. 7:23)

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