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Dr. June Normil
Jesus' ministry on earth was met with rejection, especially from His own people (1 Peter 2:4). The New Testament reveals that Jesus came to the Jews, but they did not want to hear Him (see John 1:1;14). Many Jews and non-Jews in New Testament times did follow Jesus. Yet even the religious leaders did not welcome His message and life. Ultimately Jesus was betrayed, sentenced, and crucified as an innocent man. Even though much of humanity rejects Him, Jesus is still the foundation of eternal life for all who will believe. Peter called Jesus the "living stone" and believers "living stones." On the foundation of faith in Jesus, believers are part of the spiritual house that God is building (1 Peter 2:5-6). Unlike the Old Testament, believers are able to directly approach God in worship and prayer without going through a priest as a mediator. We no longer need someone else to speak with God as our representative. Through the sacrifice of the Son of God, we have an open invitation to meet with God.
IMITATE CHRIST ( 1 Peter 2:11-25)
SHEPHERDING, SERVING, AND STANDING ( 1PETER 5: 1-11).
As a citizen of God's kingdom, you have a number of blessings as well as responsibilities. The greatest blessing is the promise of eternal life. Among the greatest of your responsibilities is to live a holy life before God, empowered by by the Holy spirit to honor the commands of Christ. Christians are called to reject the sinful pursuits of this world and live to please God, by humbly submitting to Him. It is also important to be ever aware that there is an unseen enemy of your soul. You do not need to fear him, but be mindful of the dangers of temptation. Maintain your faith in Jesus to resist him. Remember, God will complete the work He is doing in your life. If you follow Him, you are His chosen servant, and He will continue to work in your life.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 1 Sep. Oct. Nov. 2016 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil