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Peculiar Grace

July 10, 2017

The grace of God who appeared is the Savior whose second appearing Christians await. The grace of God who appeared is God. Jesus our Savior is God. The Divinity of Jesus is a major theme throughout the New Testament. It is declared repeatedly in the gospels. It is affirmed by the apostles in Acts. It is taught in the epistles of Paul. It is believed in the letters of Peter, James, John and Jude. It is gloriously proven in the letter to the Hebrews. It is undeniably displayed in the book of Revelation. The entire New Testament declares that Jesus is God.

The belief and confession of Jesus as God is essential to salvation. This is what Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.” Jesus is Lord. He is God. He is the Creator of the Universe, the One who holds everything together and who will bring everything to His desired end. Jesus is no great teacher. Jesus is no powerful prophet. Jesus is no mighty miracle worker. Jesus is the very God of Heaven. He is the One described in 1 Timothy 6:15-16 as “the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” The same God who is the grace of God who did appear is the glorious God who will appear.

The grace of God appeared to set apart a special people for Himself. The Christian is a unique treasure set apart for Him. The nation of Israel provides a brilliant illustration of this idea. God called Abraham out of Ur and set him apart from all the other people of the world. He sent Abraham to a land that would He would give to his descendants. God promised to make Abraham’s family a great nation. In a remarkably short period of time the family of Abraham grew to become the nation of Israel numbering a couple million people. God rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt in a way so dramatic all the world heard of it. God led Israel to the land He had promised Abraham and proceeded to conquer that land for Israel. God placed Israel at the center of the great world empires, gave them a system of worship unlike anything practiced anywhere else in the world and set them apart to be His nation. Israel was unique among the nations of the world.

That is why God told Israel at Mt. Sinai, “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.” (Exodus 19:4-6) That is why it says in Deuteronomy 7:6, “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

In the first epistle from Peter the same kind of phrases are used to describe the Christian today. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:9) God gave Himself for you to set you apart to Himself as His own special treasure. God rescued you from sin and set you apart for Himself.


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