Precious Things (I & II Peter)
Peter had ups and downs spiritually. He had mountain tops and valleys. Peter had lived long enough to know the importance of helping to encourage believers at various times in their life. He had faced many discouraging things in his life, and he wanted to be a blessing to others. Peter not only wanted to inform other believers, but had a Scriptural view and he wanted to inspire them as well. Peter understood that we all need encouragement and at times motivation to do what is right. He had a mature, godly perspective and he was seeking to encourage other believers to move forward in their life. God allowed him to pen down the Scriptures concerning “Precious Things”.
Because of Jesus, God loves us, cares for us, accepts us, takes pleasure in us, and views us as precious to Him. God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ. The word "precious" means of great honor and price; of great value and privilege. We must take notice of some things in the Scriptures that are said to be “precious” in the passages. When the Lord speaks of something being “precious”, we should realize it is important to seriously consider it.
Below are five of ‘the precious things of heaven’ revealed to us.
1. Our Precious Saviour (I Peter 2:7).
I Peter 2:7, Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
Christ is the treasure hid in a field, the pearl of great price, for which every believer has gladly sold all that he has to obtain that treasure and have that pearl.
2. His Precious Blood (I Peter 1:18-19).
I Peter 1:18-19, Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
The blood of Christ is precious because it is His blood, the blood of the God-man. The blood was foreordained of God as the atonement for our sins. The blood reveals our Saviour’s love. The blood satisfies divine justice of a holy God and removes our sin. The blood secures our forgiveness, pardon, justification and eternal glory. The blood was shed for us. All these things make the blood of Christ precious.
3. The Precious Promises of our God (II Peter 1:4).
II Peter 1:4, Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The promises of God are precious because they are His promises. There are mega promises hidden for us in His Word as we become familiar with it. The Bible is full of promises which give us insight and help us in the issues of life. They speak of exceedingly great and precious things: pardon, peace, protection, provision, preservation, providence, and perfection.
4. Our Precious Faith (II Peter 1:1).
II Peter 1:1, Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
The doctrine of faith, the Gospel, is precious. And the grace of faith is precious because it is rare. Faith in the Lord honors God and it saves the soul. The faith of Jesus Christ is precious because it makes us acceptable to God. It ushers us into the very presence of God Himself.
5. Our Precious Trials (I Peter 1:7).
I Peter 1:7, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Your faith is genuine and reveals your Father’s love. The trial of faith is precious because it causes your love, faith and joy in Christ to grow and causes you to enjoy and anticipate your inheritance in heaven. It will give you great cause to praise and honor God in heaven.
We may find it difficult to fathom God’s incredible love for us. In and of ourselves, there would be nothing to attract Him, nothing for Him to delight in. But He has made us new creations in Christ, created in the likeness of Jesus, in whom is all His delight.
Points to Ponder:
Jesus loves you and rejoices in your faithful service.
As we learn more about Jesus and draw closer to him it will help us greatly in our life.
Questions to Consider:
What five precious things of God can you write down right now?
How did each of them become memorable to you?
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I thank You already for what You are going to do for me and for Your Son’s promise to always be with me. Thank You for the confidence to face the uncertainties ahead because I can have confidence in You.
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