First forgive me for not posting yesterday. I was in craft mode and forgot to publish this post. So being that it’s not day 13 I am just going to combine the two posts. Now that you have had time to read and re-read 1 Peter Chapter 2, what does Paul say about believers?
First let’s look at “what is a believer?”
A believer (a Christian) is someone who has accepted the gift of salvation. Salvation begins with God, with him prompting us to draw near to Him.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him …” Revelation 3:20
We are separated by God because of sin, leaving us spiritually dead.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Salvation is GIFT, we can not earn it and definitely do not deserve it. God offers the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, his Son. Christ took our place on the cross and paid the ultimate price, the penalty for our sin — death. Jesus is our only way to God.
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
All that’s left for us to do is respond to God’s call. We must be willing to accept the gift of salvation. If you are not yet a believer the steps are simple and oh so life changing.
Step 1: Admit you are a sinner and vow to turn away from your sin.
Acts 3:19 says: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
Step 2: Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from your sins that he was buried and rose to life again on third day. Believe that Jesus did this to give you eternal life.
John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Step 3: Now tell God, through prayer, about the changes you are ready to make, Tell him you are sorry for the sins you have committed, that you are accepting of His forgiveness and that you spend your days loving Him and obeying his commands.
Ephesians 2:8 says: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Step 4: Don’t forget to tell someone. A mentor, a friend, me, just someone. Someone who can pray with you, for you and walk along side you as you life begins to change.
Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
Now let’s look at how does 1 Peter Chapter 2 identifies us as believer.
But you are a chosen (elect, not earned,we do not merit it, or meet any conditions to get it. It planned before birth.) people, royal priests (direct access to God, through God, We rule and we reign with Him), a holy nation (separate, set apart people, redeemed of the Lord, a consecrated, purified, people), a people for God’s own possession (made by and for God, we belong to God). You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. At one time you were not a people, but now you are God’s people. In the past you had never received mercy, but now you have received God’s mercy (loved, not by merits, compassion, pity). 1 Peter 2:9-10 (emphasis by me)
there is so much goodness in this section of scripture. I encourage you to mediate on what it means to be a believer.
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