Monday, October 10, 2011

The Gospel According to Deuteronomy

Listen to these sweet, gospel prelude notes sounded back in Deuteronomy 6:21-23: 
...'We were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt. And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. ... And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in....
The Apostle Peter's reprises (and ratchets up!) that same gospel song:

Brought out from...
1 Peter 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
That he might bring us in...
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God
That he might bring us in forever...
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Look back. Do you remember the slavery? You've been brought out! Give thanks for the freedom!

Look around. It's so easy to grumble about where we are and where we are not, but wish we could be (like maybe somewhere warm and sunny?!). But if you are in Christ, just think about where you are! You're out! And you're in! Think about where you could be had God not mercifully brought you out and brought you in! Do you see where you are?! You've been brought in! You've been reconciled to God! He is your Father. You can approach him with confidence! You are at peace with him because of Jesus. What better place is there than that?!

Look forward. Do you see where you're headed? The path to the Promised Land certainly does lead through the wilderness that is this world, but very soon you will be IN. You will soon enjoy eternally the imperishable, undefiled, unfading inheritance as sons and daughters of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, your Father.

Brought be brought in. That is the sweet gospel soundtrack of our lives. Listen and look, and sing along, all the way IN!

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