Today’s thought “Elect exiles of the Dispersion” (December 11)

With our Belgian ecclesia we are like the ancient God’s elect, living as aliens scattered among the unbelievers like the ones who were living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia to whom the apostle Peter wrote. (1 Peter 1:1) We have not many real believers around us. That does not make it easy at times, certainly when the many Trinitarian Christians spit on us and say we shall burn in hell.

Also the HaBechirim (the Chosen ones) according to the yedi’ah mukdemet (foreknowledge [1:20]) of Elohim Avinu, the Jews and Jeshuaists, have it diffivult over here in Belgium and France. Together as lovers of the Only One True God we are often challenged and harassed because we hold a different belief than those who are Catholic or Protestant. As such we too could belong to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion” who have been selected and destined by God the Father and made holy by God the Spirit that we may be obedient to the sent one from God, Jesus the Anointed or Christ, and purified by the sprinkling of his blood. (1 Peter 1:1-2)

For us today there is no apostle Peter or Paul to reason in the synagogue, in the ecclesia hall or kingdom hall, with both Jews and God-fearing people, as well as in public space or for example in the marketplace where more people could hear the Gospel. (Acts 17:17) Not having some one like the apostle Paul trying to convince the Jews and non-believers alike (Acts 18:4) we have to do it with just a few handful Christadelphians who dare to go out preaching about the Saviour Christ and the Good News.

No matter what others might say, by the great mercy of the Most Almighty accepting the sacrificial offer of His son, believing in that ransom price and wanting to be one of siblings, we have been born again, because God raised that son of man, who really died, Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, believing in that priceless inheritance which is offered to us — an inheritance that is kept in heaven for us, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. We may be assured that through our faith, God is protecting us by His power until we receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Patience is demanded from us and a right just attitude, always to love according to God’s Law and showing to others the same love as Christ had for others.
We may have many kinds of trials and sufferings, though we should not be discouraged or being sad. Peter tells us that their purpose is to prove that our faith is genuine. He also tells us about the godly promise that if we endure, we will receive praise and glory and honour on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6-7)

Let us always show to others that we love him who died for our sins. Although we have not seen him nor his heavenly Father, we believe in both of them. Let us also show others that there is enough reason to come to believe in that sent one from God who brought salvation unto mankind. Let them come to see that we can rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express, because we are receiving the salvation of our souls, which is the purpose of our faith in the Nazarene master teacher Jeshua, Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:8-10)

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