Understanding

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Understanding

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 KJV)
Outstanding performance or feat is a product of understanding. We must never construe feat with luck. Good understanding of a subject is the hallmark of outstanding feat or achievement. The cognitive reality of this truth is pervasive through every endeavor or enterprise including our interpretation or interaction with God, His Word and His purpose.
About understanding, the Bible asserts, “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom. Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding. Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.” (Prov. 4:5-8 NIV). Notice the reward of getting wisdom and understanding is a glorious crown. We must be keen and acute about our thirst and penchant for understanding.
A certain Eunuch “…of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship”, the Bible describes, was reading the Scriptures but alas, he did not understand it. We must not allow this sort of “religiosity” impede or impair our spiritual service, pursuit or activity; engaging what we do not understand. This is the frustration of this great fellow until Philip (sent by God) interrupted his vain activity. Notice how Philip approached and engaged him: “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. (Acts 8:30 NIV). The good news and end of the encounter was “the eunuch…went on his way rejoicing.” (Acts 8:39 NIV). Yes, rejoicing is the lot and inheritance of anyone who understands the subject.
The import of the context of gaining understand is to challenge and direct us to research, meditate, investigate and appraise the depth and content of what God tells us in His Word. It is fallacy to be content with our reading the Bible (alone) without understanding what is said or read. The understanding of the Scripture will leave us going on our rejoicing. Praise the Lord.
The Scripture reference (1 Peter 1:9 KJV) stated above introduced us to a very sublime notice about why God called us out of darkness. Yes! We are grateful God delivered us from darkness, He saved our souls and crowned us with His bounteous blessings, etc. but do we understand why? It is our rich understanding of the composite plan and purpose of God that will relinquish the unfettered riches of salvation and afford us the rejoicing we need to continue in the Way
Consider this, ” that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV) The gregarious and pertinent resolve in salvation is to shew forth, proclaim, announce, declare, reveal, broadcast, manifest, disclose, etc. the praises, goodness, honor, accomplishment, success, triumph, tributes, etc. of God who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. It is important to note and understand that the shew forth is not only at the instance of singing Praises of God with our mouth but demonstrating a lifestyle that ascribes worth and accolades to God who enabled and engineer us to (now) live an honest and pure life…that others may see our good works and give glory to our Father in Heaven (Matt. 5:16 KJV). Praise ye the Lord.

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God’s Building

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. (1 Cor. 3:9 KJV)
You and I are God’s building; a home and place of His dwelling. Paul in his letter to the Corinthian Church and by that letter, referencing everyone (including you and I) who are Saints and the Redeemed said, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16 KJV) Paul, in the reference Scripture, was highlighting an important notice and information we must bear and realize; the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. This is a great and blessed notice about which we shall do well to assume and realize. The reality of this truth will not leave us mere or ordinary.
Ye are God’s Building. A Building is a structure or edifice designed and developed to be occupied. Notice a Building is both designed and developed to be occupied. This is both urgent and cogent for our contemplation and application. We must apply ourselves to this grand plan. God designed you and I to be His dwelling and we must therefore be so developed that God may have a dwelling in us. God said, “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”
About the nature of God’s dwelling, the Bible says, “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; (Act 17:25 KJV). We must therefore not construe God’s Building as to mean a Building of Brick and mortal but rather prepare Him a place in our hearts and Being for He said, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways”. (Proverbs 23:26 KJV) This is the key and keen place of God’s dwelling. He desires to dwell within you and I. The Bible further says, “…God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Cor. 6:16 KJV). We must gain this notice and thereby have God in our midst. Praise the Lord.
The blessedness and glory of God dwelling in our lives is described in the content of God’s city recorded in the Bible book of Revelation. In that Book, the City of God was described and the lifestyle of people amid whom God lives. About that City the Bible says, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Rev. 21:3-4 KJV)
When God lives within us, in the City of His dwelling, all tears, stagnation (death), sorrow, crying, pain…are passed away. We shall rather have righteousness, peace and joy that accompany the City of God. We shall lie down and not be afraid and our sleep shall be sweet.
Bible says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”. (Col. 3:16 KJV). God dwells in us when His Words dwell in us by His Spirit. Make Him room.

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