The Apostle Peter presents Jesus Christ as precious, most valued in the estimation of the Heavenly Father.  From the writings of the Apostle Paul, Peter’s mentor, the believer in Christ is said to be “in Him, in Christ, or with Him” over two hundred times.  This teaching, unique to the age of the Church, was revealed in the epistles as God the Father answered the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed … “I do not ask in behalf of these alone [the disciples], but for those [us] also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me. "And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me” (John 17:20-23 NASB).  Just as the Father provided all that the humanity of Christ needed to fulfill the plan of God while on earth, so God has provided for every believer the necessary support to fulfill His plan for their life. Therefore Paul will say concerning Christians … “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him” (Eph 1:3-4 NASB).  To possess all spiritual blessings now means that every provision has been made for the believer in Christ to glorify the Savior.  That leaves no room for boasting of one’s abilities and efforts as if self were the source of power. On the contrary, the Apostle Paul reveals in his epistle to the churches in Philippi that … “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13 NASB).  Thus, the Christian life is about Him and not us, for we are laborers or instruments of His grace to accomplish His purposes on earth.  To that end, we serve in humility because the position we hold in Christ through faith alone in Christ alone is totally unmerited.  “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession — to the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:13-14 NIV).We serve with gratitude for we had a debt that we could not pay … “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). The spiritual condition of mankind was beyond remedy of human effort. The Apostle Paul said … “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins… But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:1, 4-8 NIV).  God’s most valued possession now included every person who is a child of God through faith in Christ.  The Son was and is most precious, most valued, and all who have the Son are valued to that same degree by the Father.  With the hymn writer Charles Gabriel, we can sing -- “so precious is Jesus, my Savior, my King, His praise all the day long with rapture I sing.”

Comment