Friday, December 28, 2012

Precious Things

Precious Things

Through this wonderful Christmas season I hope you have considered what is truly precious in your life. There are some attributes written about God in His Word that are counted as, “precious” and relationships that we, as believer’s, should deem as “precious” to bring Glory and Honor to Him who deserves the highest praise.

Psalms 49:8

(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) No money on earth can redeem a person, nor give a ransom to God for their soul. The redemption of a man’s soul (that is, their person from the grave), is precious, and it ceaseth forever.  The attempt to redeem a soul with money must remain a failure, for death comes and wealth cannot influence him. No price could secure for any man that he should still live forever and not see corruption. No amount of money or any other protocol can save a soul from eternal death. Without first acknowledging the costly price the Lord Jesus Christ paid on the cross for sin, repenting of that sin and putting their faith and trust in Him, no man can escape the sting of death (I Corinthians 15:50-58).

Psalms 116:15

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. The Lord watches over the dying  saints beds, He smooths their pillows, sustains their hearts, and receives their souls. Those who are redeemed with His precious blood are so dear to God that even their deaths are precious to Him. If we have walked before Him in the land of the living, we need not fear to die before Him when the hour of our departure is at hand.

Psalms 126:6

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. This is a psalm of conversion which contains a song, a prayer and a promise. There must be sowing before reaping and what men sow they will reap. When a man's heart is so stirred that he weeps over the sins of others, tears of earnestness result in tears of repentance. Winners of souls are first weepers for souls. The sowing may be with sorrow, but the reaping will be with rejoicing and joy.

Psalms 139:17

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! To think the God of this universe should think upon us is a believer's joy. We should think upon God's thoughts of us with delight; and the more of them the better. The worth of His thoughts towards us are as treasured jewels to us who are so poor and needy. What joyful exuberance should fill our hearts to think God is returning love for love, thought for thought, to those of us who are so impoverished and needful.

1 Peter 2:6-7

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 

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 called a stone metaphorically to typify His strength and to teach his servants that He is their protection and security, the foundation on which they are built. Jesus Christ is the very foundation-stone of all our hopes and happiness. He imparts the true knowledge of God allowing access to the Father, and by Him we are made partakers of all spiritual blessings. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious. Christ may be rejected by an ungrateful world, yet He is favored of God, and precious in His significance i.e. (the quality of being worthy of attention; important). Christ is the crown and honor of a true Christian and we who believe in Him will never be ashamed but will praise and worship Him for ever."

2 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. 

This precious faith is truly a gift of God, through the working of the Spirit, who raised up Jesus Christ from the dead. The preciousness of faith, as well as our obtaining it, is through the righteousness of Christ and not by works which we have done. The promised blessings of the gospel are very precious and those who receive these promises are freed from the bondage of sin. 

Thoughts: How precious is one soul to the heart of God that He would show such grace to fallen man. No price can be put upon a dying saint nor on one who is bearing precious seed while weeping for repentance over sin. What a precious treasure we possess in His innumerable thoughts towards us and for those who believe, He is a most precious gift. May we never forget our most precious things; He who is our foundation, our strength, our hope, and our security in the life to come. With all these things we know we are loved and precious in His sight.

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