1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
All good things must come to an end, and tonight I am going to end my study on 1 Peter 2:9. I trust you have enjoyed it as much as I have. I’ve written about who we are: a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a treasured possession, and about proclaiming His praises. In this blog, I will end with being called out of darkness into His marvelous Light!
Skotos! A place of spiritual and moral darkness. Sounds like the world in which we currently live although Peter wrote this about the society in which he lived. We have been called out of skotos, or out of spiritual and moral darkness.
I don’t need to elaborate on the state of society today, where right has become wrong and wrong has become right in our world. But I could! Neither do I have to point out that the things associated with Jesus and the Word of God have become unpopular in this day and time while we laud and applaud and are entertained by the things that represent darkness. It’s a well known fact!
But what I do want to bring out is this: salvation through Jesus Christ is a spiritual translation that cannot be duplicated in any other “religion”. This translation from darkness to light, from being a people who have not obtained the mercy of God, to becoming a people who have experienced His mercy is parallel to none.
Once, many years ago, I experienced a translation. I was riding in a station wagon, with my young niece in the car, and it was pouring down raining. There were two problems to this scenario. First, the car I was driving didn’t have windshield wipers and second, it was dark and the roads were constantly curving in the hilly terrain. We were both frightened and I truly could not see. I had unknowingly placed our lives in a dangerous situation because I knew the windshield wipers didn’t work, but I had no sense about weather patterns and this was prior to weather apps and even cell phones.
It got so bad that I finally said to the Lord, “Father, I may as well close my eyes and drive for all the good they are doing for me in this situation.” Immediately, I was in my parking space in front of my apartment with the car in park. What happened? We were translated out of that life threatening situation into a place of safety. Out of the blinding rain wrapped in darkness into the a lit parking lot with a drizzle of rain. We looked at each and said something like, “How did we get here?” Neither one of us knew how it had happened, but we realized that God had done it. We took off running into the apartment and fell on our knees and prayed. We never talked about it. She could even be reading this now and be remembering that night. But we never spoke of it because it was not something we thought anyone would believe. But it happened!
Salvation is just like that! You are heading down a road that you have no idea how you got on it. You feel like things are out of control and you are hopeless to do anything about it. You see your life spinning out of control, and darkness is all around you. No way to survive it. You are going through the motions. Then you cry out to God! You acknowledge that there is absolutely no way of you surviving the darkness, you can’t see, and you give up trying! You acknowledge that you need help from another source, One bigger than you, more capable than you! One who operates in the miraculous and you hope He has one more miracle left with your name on it! And guess what? He does! For you, for many others!
Then Light explodes on the scene, pushing away the darkness! Bringing clarity to your life, hope to your soul, purpose to your today and your tomorrow. You’ve been translated. You don’t know all that has happened, but you know God did it! You know you were translated out of darkness into His kingdom of light, of salvation. And you fall before Him in worship! In absolute heartfelt gratitude for what He has done!
Peter understood the magnitude of a changed life, a changed heart, a changed destiny. He understood what translation was and how it felt. Miraculous! Supernatural! Impactful! That’s the kind of experience we are to have. Not just saying words after someone, but having an impactful, meaningful, translation out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Wonderful Jesus!!!
When that part is taken care of, experiencing the first part is much easier. What a wonderful and loving God we serve! Nothing is small, mediocre, irrelevant or unimportant in Him! He does Big things! Marvelous things! Earth shaking things! And He does it that we might tell others about His glorious acts on our behalf, that they too might experience the glory of His grace! If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light, then I know you have much you can add to this! But if you have not, don’t wait another minute! Bow your heart, your will, your life to Him and allow Him to translate you out of darkness into the light! Wonderful Jesus!