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  • Your Priestly Service

    07/07/2020 7:40:46 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christians share common spiritual characteristics with Old Testament priests. Peter identified believers as holy priests, but many Christians don't really know what that means because priests aren't part of our culture as a whole. The primary purpose of an Old Testament priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God on behalf of the people. Priests were chosen by God Himself, specially cleansed through prescribed ceremonies, clothed in a prescribed manner,...
  • Access to God

    07/06/2020 6:32:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You . . . are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christís death provided access to the Father for all believers. Throughout history, false gods have been portrayed as remote, indifferent, and apathetic to human needs and generally unapproachable by the common masses. Out of fear, a man might attempt to appease his idols but he has no desire or capacity to draw near to them. Even those in Old Testament times who worshiped the true God had limited access to...
  • Union with Christ

    07/05/2020 6:47:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house" (1 Pet. 2:5). Christ is your life, and you are an integral part of what He is accomplishing in the world. The Jewish culture of Peter's time centered on the Temple in Jerusalem. Apparently drawing from that picture, Peter used vivid language to teach that God no longer dwells in an earthly, material, temporal house, but in a spiritual house. Christ is the cornerstone, and the spiritual house He is building is comprised of individual believers. That analogy introduces us to the first spiritual privilege Christians enjoy:...
  • Christ: The Precious Cornerstone

    07/04/2020 6:20:23 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Coming to [Christ] as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God" (1 Pet. 2:4). Godís view of Christ is the only accurate standard by which to measure Christís worth. I once read about a conversation in the Louvre Museum in Paris. One of the curators of the museum, a man with great appreciation for art, overheard two men discussing a masterpiece. One man said to the other, "I don't think much of that painting." The curator, feeling obliged to reply to the man's statement, said to him, "Dear sir, if I...
  • Christ: The Living Stone

    07/03/2020 3:43:33 PM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Coming to [Christ] as to a living stone" (1 Pet. 2:4). Jesus is the only source of eternal life and the foundation upon which the church is built. Peter's description of Christ as "a living stone" is paradoxical because stones aren't alive. In fact, we sometimes speak of something being "stone dead." Yet Peter's symbolism is profound because it beautifully incorporates three realities about Christ. First, Jesus is the long-awaited Jewish Messiah. The Old Testament referred to the Messiah as a stone, and Peter incorporated those texts into His description of Jesus in 1 Peter 2:6-8: "Behold I lay in...
  • Coming to Christ

    07/02/2020 7:02:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Coming to [Christ] as to a living stone" (1 Pet. 2:4). Jesus Christ is the source of every spiritual privilege. Often Christians speak of salvation as "coming to Christ." That's an accurate, biblical description, for Jesus Himself said, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28); "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst" (John 6:35); "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink" (John 7:37). Those are metaphors for salvation. Coming...
  • Enjoying Spiritual Privileges

    07/01/2020 5:44:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Coming to Him as to a living stone . . . you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood. . . . You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession. . . . You are the people of God. . . . You have received mercy" (1 Pet. 2:4-10). You have enormous privileges in Christ. A university student once confessed to a pastor, "I've come to the conclusion that I don't believe in God." "I see," the pastor replied. "Please tell me...
  • Sacrificial Faith on Display

    06/30/2020 7:33:12 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In the same way was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works, when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead" (James 2:25-26). True faith willingly makes whatever sacrifices God requires. It's understandable that James would use Abraham as an illustration of living faithóespecially to his predominately Jewish readers. Rahab, however, is a different story. She was a Gentile, a prostitute, a liar, and lived in the pagan city of Jericho. How could such a person illustrate true faith? Rahab...
  • Enjoying Friendship with God

    06/29/2020 7:25:18 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,' and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone" (James 2:21-24). You are a friend of God if you love Him and obey His Word. Can you imagine life without friendsóthose...
  • Dead Faith Versus Demonic Faith

    06/28/2020 6:45:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 30 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Someone may well say, 'You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.' You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?" (James 2:18-20). Even demonic faith is better than dead faith! In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of professing Christians who believe that there's no necessary relationship between what they believe and what they do. They say...
  • Exposing Dead Faith

    06/27/2020 5:19:47 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,' and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself" (James 2:14-17). Dead faith is hypocritical, shallow, and useless. Jesus said, "Let your light shine before men in...
  • Having a Faith That Works

    06/26/2020 5:59:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? . . . You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone" (James 2:14, 24). True faith produces good works. Many false teachers claim that you can earn your own salvation by doing good works. Most Christians understand the heresy of that teaching, but some become confused when they read that "a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone" (James 2:24). That seems to conflict with Paul's teaching on...
  • Showing Mercy

    06/25/2020 6:44:49 PM PDT · by metmom · 12 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "So speak and so act, as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment" (James 2:12-13). Showing mercy is characteristic of a regenerate person. Divine judgment has never been a popular topic of conversation. Godly people throughout history have been ridiculed, persecuted, and even killed for proclaiming it. In their efforts to win the approval of men, false teachers question or deny it. But James 2:12-13 reminds us that judgment will come, so we'd better live accordingly. The basis for divine...
  • Transgressing the Royal Law

    06/24/2020 6:09:43 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, 'Do not commit adultery,' also said, 'Do not commit murder.' Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law" (James 2:9-11). You sin when you fall short of Godís holy standard or go beyond the limits of His law. Many people attempt to justify their sinfulness by categorizing sins according to their...
  • Fulfilling the Royal Law

    06/23/2020 6:53:39 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If . . . you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing well" (James 2:8). Love is the only antidote for partiality. In Matthew 22:36 a lawyer asked Jesus which commandment was the greatest. Jesus answered, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets" (vv....
  • Siding with God's Enemies

    06/22/2020 5:33:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?" (James 2:6-7). You canít accomplish Godís purposes by siding with His enemies. Favoritism has a way of blinding its victims to reality. James wrote of Christians who were trying to impress a rich man so they could benefit from his wealth and social status (vv. 2-3). The rich man represented the enemies of Christ, yet they gave him preferential treatment anyway. The poor man represented those whom God chose to be rich in...
  • God's Choice of the Poor

    06/21/2020 5:11:19 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man" (James 2:5-6). Showing favoritism to the rich is inconsistent with Godís choice of the poor. Wealth and poverty are not necessarily spiritual issues. Many wealthy people are godly Christians and many poor people are unbelievers. But generally speaking, God has chosen poor people to populate His kingdom. Jesus said, "It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven....
  • Guarding Your Motives

    06/20/2020 5:11:52 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' and you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,' have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?" (James 2:2-4). Favoritism is motivated by an evil desire to gain some advantage for yourself. The story is told of...
  • Ministering to the Poor

    06/19/2020 5:39:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' and you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,' have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?" (James 2:2-4). You must show equal respect to poor and rich alike. Partiality is an age-old problem that exists in...
  • Looking Beyond Externals

    06/18/2020 6:05:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism" (James 2:1). Your true worth is based on the value of your soul, not on external considerations. Jesus is "our glorious Lord" (James 2:1)óthe Sovereign One who rules over all His creation, and the One in whom the fullness of God's glory is revealed. John said, "The Word [Jesus] became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). Paul said, "In Him all...