Daily Archives: August 14, 2018

August 14: Being Busy

Isaiah 29:1–30:17; Luke 10:1–42; Job 7:1–10

Sometimes it’s difficult to deal with quiet. For most people, chaos, deadlines, managing multiple schedules, and being “so busy” are a way of life. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we like it. Busyness implies we are special and valued and the work we’re doing is necessary. And we have a desperate need to be valued.

When others failed to recognize Martha’s work—when Mary didn’t hold to the same values—she complained to Jesus. He responded by rebuking her: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things! But few things are necessary, or only one thing, for Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41–42).

What is the “better part”? Mary “sat at the feet of Jesus and was listening to his teaching” (Luke 10:39), and Jesus praised her desire to listen and learn. Mary was captivated by the “one thing” that would change the world: Jesus and the kingdom He was ushering in. Jesus showed Martha that she should also give Him this reception—being willing to learn, not anxious about her busy schedule. He asked her to shift her perspective.

Choosing the “better part” doesn’t invalidate the things we’re busy with; indeed, Martha’s work served the needs of others. But the things we do shouldn’t shape our identity. The “one thing” that should shape our identity—the one thing we really need—is Jesus. Ultimately, it’s the desire to know Him and serve Him that should shape our lives. And whatever is not dedicated to that service is not among “the few things [that] are necessary.”

What things are you busy with? Why?

Rebecca Van Noord[1]

[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

August 14 Showing Kindness

“Love is kind” (1 Cor. 13:4).


Kindness repays evil with good.

Two men going opposite directions on a narrow mountain trail met each other head-on. With a steep cliff on one side and sheer rock on the other, they were unable to pass. The harder they tried to squeeze past one another, the more frustrated they became. The situation seemed hopeless until one of them, without saying a word, simply laid down on the trail, allowing the other man to walk over him. That illustrates kindness, which doesn’t mind getting walked on if it benefits someone else.

The Greek word translated “kind” in 1 Corinthians 13:4 literally means “useful,” “serving,” or “gracious.” It isn’t simply the sweet attitude we usually associate with kindness; it’s the idea of being useful to others. It’s the flip side of patience. Patience endures abuses from others; kindness repays them with good deeds.

God committed the supreme act of kindness when He provided salvation for lost sinners. Titus 3:3–5 says, “We also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us.”

Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light” (Matt. 11:29–30). The Greek word translated “easy” is translated “kind” in 1 Corinthians 13:4. Jesus was saying, “Trust in Me, and I’ll redeem you and show you My kindness.”

Since “you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:3), you should be anxious to show kindness to others. That’s what Paul wanted the Corinthian believers to do. He knew they had the capacity, but they needed to repent of their selfish ways and allow love to dominate their lives.


Suggestions for Prayer:  The evil world in which we live gives abundant opportunity for you to express kindness to others. Ask the Lord to help you take full advantage of every opportunity to do so today.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 5:38–48, noting the practical expressions of kindness Jesus instructed His followers to pursue.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 239). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

CLAIM: Barack Obama and John Brennan may be facing imminent criminal indictments – NaturalNews.com

(Natural News) It’s been confirmed that President 44 has formally retained legal counsel in response to multiple potential criminal indictments that both he and former CIA Director John Brennan could very soon be facing.

Insiders familiar with what’s going on claim that Barack Obama is on the verge of being charged with the following crimes:

• “Material Support of Terrorism” for his involvement with trying to overthrow the current Syrian government.

• Creating, funding, and arming the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also sometimes referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which facilitated a litany of “war crimes and crimes against humanity including numerous murders (some by public beheading), torture, rape, theft of oil from Iraq and from Syria, laundering of money from sale of stolen oil, destruction of historical antiquities and … conspiracy to commit such acts with” … leaders of other foreign nations.

• “Shielding drug trafficking by Hezbollah,” as well as making unlawful payments of ransom money as part of his effort to secure a deal with Iran on nuclear inspections.

• “Bribery” for any money he took in from the Uranium-One conspiracy, which involved selling 20 percent of United States uranium to a Russia-controlled country.

These are just a few of the many crimes that not only Obama but also Brennan and many others may be found guilty of committing following the unsealing of their believed-to-be indictments. Hal Turner discussed this on a recent episode of his “The Hal Turner Radio Show,” which you can access at this link.

Remember all those sealed indictments? They’re about to start being unsealed, according to some

On his show “Operation Freedom,” Dr. Dave Janda from USAWatchdog.com has been covering what’s been going on with Brennan as well, revealing that it’s almost time for the first wave of indictments to be brought to light – and that Brennan is likely included in this sweep.

“Everybody who is a freedom fighter is tired of hearing it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, and nothing is happening,” says Dr. Janda.

“What I am told and have been told, and it’s been consistently told to me, is you are going to start to see movement on the indictments after the primaries are over. The primaries are over on August 7 … I think there is going to be restoration of the rule of law. That means serving of indictments.”

While some say that there are now over 40,000 sealed indictments, Dr. Janda believes that only a small fraction of these are going to be unsealed and implemented, at least initially. Some of these indictments are expected to be high-profile names like Brennan’s, which could come as a shock, especially to deranged liberals.

“My understanding is they are not going to dump 1,000 sealed indictments at a shot,” adds Dr. Janda.

“It is going to come in sections and in waves … I think one of the prime players that is going to get dropped in the indictments is John Brennan, former Director of the CIA. I have been told that John Brennan is going to be held accountable for his past actions.”

This is believed to have been one of the subjects discussed between Presidents Putin and Trump during their recent meeting in Helsinki. Dr. Janda says that the two, concerned about deep state spying and meddling, actually met secretly on Air Force One to discuss what’s about to be revealed.

“This is why there was such a hysterical reaction after the summit,” Dr. Janda says.

“They were whisked off and actually went to Air Force One because they felt that was the most secure environment where no surveillance could be implemented. This is the third meeting that nobody talks about that was held on Air Force One where information was handed over from Trump to Putin and from Putin to Trump about Deep State players and activities that were occurring in their respective countries around the world.”

Be sure to check out Dr. Janda’s videos, one of which discusses the 12-plus attempts on President Trump’s life that the mainstream media has ignored.

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— Read on www.naturalnews.com/2018-08-14-barack-obama-john-brennan-facing-imminent-criminal-indictments.html

CNN Falls To The History Channel In Primetime Ratings | The Daily Caller

CNN suffered another humiliating defeat in the cable ratings during the week of August 6 through August 12, according to Nielsen Media Research. Cable news competitors Fox News and MSNBC wiped the floor with CNN, with FNC finishing first in average primetime viewers and more than doubling CNN’s primetime ratings. (RELATED: MSNBC Joins CNN In […]
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The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling.

Ephesians 1:18

Revival and blessing come to the church when we stop looking at a picture of God and look at God Himself! Revival comes when, no longer satisfied to know about a God in history, we meet the conditions of finding Him in living, personal experience.

Conversely, revival cannot come if we are far removed from God. It cannot come if, instead of hearing His voice, we are content with only an echo!

Put those deficiencies together and you have the reason why we are dissatisfied and empty. You have the reason why there is so little of vivid, vibrant joy in the things of God.

I hold fast to the opinion that our God is ever trying to reveal Himself to us. There is no way for sinful men and women to find their way into God’s presence unless He reveals Himself and appears to us. I do not mean that God is trying to appear to our physical eyesight. Rather, He is trying to appear to the eye of our soul through an inner consciousness. Never apologize for your inner eyes! They are the real eyes for discerning the nature of issues important to God.

Lord, there are so many difficult but important decisions to make in life. Sharpen the eyes of my inner soul to be able to discern Your presence and guidance in my life.[1]

[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Democrats’ History of Foreign Collusion

If serious interest in protecting national security was the motivating factor for Democrats in their loudly raised concerns over Russian election meddling and the “need” to investigate President Donald Trump for alleged collusion, then they must believe that communist China is nothing but a trusted friend with simple curiosity being the explanation behind its history of espionage efforts. This must certainly be the position of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who employed a Chinese spy in her San Francisco office for over a decade. The employee was charged by the FBI with spying for China back in 2013.

Feinstein must believe that the thousands in campaign contributions she and Democrats received from foreign entities, specifically China, as well as her husband’s lucrative multimillion-dollar business deals with China have no bearing on concerns over national security. How could they? The Chinese are our friends.

But when it comes to Russia, Feinstein, who sits as a ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, only sees a dangerous foreign power seeking to sow discord and corruption into America’s electoral system.

This is the hypocrisy displayed by many Democrats. Lacking any genuine evidence other than the Clinton campaign’s fabricated dossier, they continue to moan over the influence of Russia and its ongoing threat to the U.S. and the upcoming elections.

Source: Democrats’ History of Foreign Collusion

President Trump Targets Peter Strzok, Crooked Hillary in Tweetstorm – Then SLAMS AG Sessions AGAIN! — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump unleashed a tweetstorm targeting fired FBI official Peter Strzok, Crooked Hillary and the rigged Mueller witch hunt –then slammed AG Sessions AGAIN for his absence.

This is the second time the President has attacked Sessions in the last few days. On Saturday, Trump accused AG Sessions of being “scared stiff” and “missing in action.”

President Trump continued his attacks on former FBI official Peter Strzok on Tuesday after it was reported he was fired for his misconduct at the bureau.

The President called Peter Strzok a “fraud” who started a rigged, fraudulent investigation.

President Trump once again brought up that Peter Strzok was the architect of the rigged witch hunt and asked why the “probe” hasn’t ended immediately after Strzok was canned.

President Trump then quoted FOX News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett who said earlier they were all in on it to clear Hillary and FRAME Donald Trump for things he didn’t do–Trump then turned his ire towards Sessions and said, “If we had a real Attorney General, this witch hunt would never have been started! Looking at the wrong people.”

“They were all in on it, clear Hillary Clinton and FRAME Donald Trump for things he didn’t do.” Gregg Jarrett on @foxandfriends If we had a real Attorney General, this Witch Hunt would never have been started! Looking at the wrong people.

President Trump slammed Bruce Ohr and his corrupt Commie wife Nellie Ohr.

Bruce Ohr of the “Justice” Department (can you believe he is still there) is accused of helping disgraced Christopher Steele “find dirt on Trump.” Ohr’s wife, Nelly, was in on the act big time – worked for Fusion GPS on Fake Dossier.

The President also praised Judicial Watch boss Tom Fitton for accurately stating:

“The Strzok firing is as much about the Mueller operation as anything else. There would be no Mueller Special Councel to investigate so called collusion but for the machinations of Strzok & his colleagues at the top levels of the FBI. We know this guy was corrupt and had anti-Trump animus. Strzok and others at the FBI should be criminally investigated for the way the conducted this investigation. Instead, Mueller is pretending nothing went wrong. He used Strzok, he used the Clinton DNC Dossier…the whole thing should be shut down. The Strzok firing shows that the fundamental underpinnings of the investigation were corrupt. It should be shut down by the courts or by honest prosecutors.”

“Thank you Judicial Watch, I couldn’t have said it better myself!” President Trump said.

via President Trump Targets Peter Strzok, Crooked Hillary in Tweetstorm – Then SLAMS AG Sessions AGAIN! — The Gateway Pundit

INTERVIEW: Rand Paul Hopes Russia Trip Will Help Those With Trump Derangement Syndrome Understand Why Communication Matters — The Gateway Pundit

The Gateway Pundit spoke to Senator Rand Paul regarding his trip to Russia, how media hysteria impacted it, their promise to stay out of the midterms, and why it is so important that we keep communications open with another nuclear power.

The trip has caused uproar by hawkish partisans on both sides of the aisle who have decided that war would be better than diplomacy — but Senator Paul explained on Tuesday that the trip was a great success.

“I think it was a huge success. Our first day there we met with the Federation, which is the upper house of the Russian Parliament, and they agreed to continue our conversation by coming to Washington in November,” Senator Paul told TGP. “So, we believe that we will have members of the Federation and the Duma Foreign Relations Committee come continue dialogue.”

The only hitch in the visit, which would have huge potential for working towards peace, is that sanctions currently prevent several members of both committees from entering the United States. Senator Paul explained that this is something he hopes to try and remedy.

“One of the things we talked about was whether or not we could try to get to where our sanctions don’t prevent their members from coming to the United States,” he said. “Both the chairman of the Federation and Duma Foreign Relations Committees are banned from coming to the US.”

The Russian lawmakers agreed to send members who are not banned, though they and Senator Paul all hope the sanctions preventing travel can be lifted. Senator Paul explained that if removing those sanctions is unsuccessful, there is also potential for a meeting in a neutral country such as Switzerland in the Spring.

“I think this is a big breakthrough because both Russia and the United States possess 90% of the nuclear arms in the world. I think it’s a mistake for us not to continue the dialogue,” Senator Paul said.

Senator Paul and his team also met with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, who famously negotiated nuclear weapon reductions with President Ronald Reagan.

“We were excited to meet with Gorbachev. I think Reagan and Gorbachev’s meetings in the 80s were incredibly important, and I think it’s important for us to remember that despite our differences, controversies and ongoing issues — dialogue is incredibly important,” Senator Paul said.

Much like Reagan, both Senator Paul and President Trump understand that diplomacy is a strength.

Senator Paul explained that the US and Russia have several treaties which will expire under President Trump’s administration, one of which is the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty). The treaty reduces the number of nuclear missile launchers. In 2017, during President Trump’s first call with Putin, the Russian president reportedly inquired about extending New START.

“I think we have to talk about either renewing that treaty or at least having discussions leading up to that,” Senator Paul told TGP.

When asked if the extremely hostile rhetoric from our media regarding Russia impacted his trip, Senator Paul explained that the Russian lawmakers still deny election meddling — but promised him that they will not involve themselves in 2018.

“We talked about how our country’s politics are consumed by election meddling. They basically responded the same way that Putin has responded, saying ‘we didn’t do it, we aren’t doing it in 2018.’ I think that’s some progress, that they’re saying they aren’t going to be involved in 2018,” Senator Paul said. “Now, like anything else that someone tells you, we need to take everything with a grain of salt. But, what we do to move forward is try to impress upon Russia that those who want engagement, better trade and better interaction between our countries — that any kind of hacking into emails or meddling would backfire in the sense that it would not be in Russia’s best interest. That’s the way countries respond, they make their decisions based on what they think is in their best interest,” Senator Paul said.

Senator Paul stated that Russia has seen what has happened in response to 2016 and he believes they understand that getting involved in 2018 would not be to their advantage. He said that we need to be prepared to move beyond it all and remove some of the harsher sanctions if they keep their word.

“The stick has been the sanctions, but the carrot needs to be resolving some of these sanctions. One of the sanctions that we would like to see removed as soon as possible is the sanction on their legislators that prevents them from travelling to the US. I think that would be a small step forward. It wouldn’t be a removal of all the sanctions, but it would be an improvement in our relations,” he added.

Asked if he worked with the administration on the trip, Senator Paul explained that they met with President Trump several times, including in the White House between the Helsinki meeting and their own trip to Russia. He also noted that President Trump sent a letter that they hand-carried to the Kremlin.

It is important to note that while partisans have accused the senator of planning the trip to take heat off of President Trump after his meeting with Putin, Senator Paul’s office had actually been planning this trip for roughly six months.

“I think President Trump and I do share the understanding that we need to continue the dialogue with what could be the other main nuclear power in the world,” Senator Paul said. “There are possibilities for the sharing of information to prevent terrorist attacks. You know, the Russians gave us information on the Boston bombers. Our country failed to act, but I think Russia did try to help us prevent the Boston Marathon bombing. Likewise, this year, we shared information that helped to prevent a terrorist bombing in St. Petersburg.”

“There are all kinds of reasons why we set dialogue and I think the partisan hysteria in our country, the Trump Derangement Syndrome, has been almost to where every Democrat in the whole country wants no dialogue with Russia. I think that’s a big mistake. I’m hoping that my visit to Russia, and maybe the visit by Russian legislators, will help to get this beyond partisan politics and back into the realpolitik of why we should have communications even with people that we have disagreements with.”

via INTERVIEW: Rand Paul Hopes Russia Trip Will Help Those With Trump Derangement Syndrome Understand Why Communication Matters — The Gateway Pundit

New Evidence Points to Clinton Operatives Colluding with Russians To Frame Trump Campaign

A former Department of Justice official will appear before Congress as lawmakers seek to learn whether there was collusion between the Justice Department and supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

“DOJ official Bruce Ohr will come before Congress on August 28 to answer why he had 60+contacts with dossier author Chris Steele as far back as January 2016. He owes the American public the full truth,” tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican and member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Steele authored a dossier that contained unsubstantiated claims of misconduct on the part of President Donald Trump. Trump denied the claims, which caused a sensation when they were published but have since been debunked.

A Judiciary Committee letter to the Justice Department said multiple documents prove “that Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr continued to pass along allegations from Mr. Steele to the FBI after the FBI suspended its formal relationship with Mr. Steele for unauthorized contact with the media, and demonstrating that Mr. Ohr otherwise funneled allegations from Fusion GPS and Mr. Steele to the FBI,” The Washington Times reported.

Amid these revelations, the website Real Clear Investigations sought to connect the dots by suggesting that the evidence indicates a highly controversial meeting in Trump Tower in June 2016 between Trump campaign staff and a Russian lawyer “may have been a setup.”

As summarized by the site, the various bits of documentation appear to show that “then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, the fourth-highest-ranking official at DOJ, coordinated before, during and after the election with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, who did work for the Clinton campaign and Russians; and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who was employed by Simpson.”

President Donald Trump has also tweeted his perspective on Ohr’s involvement.

Do you believe the Justice Department worked with Hillary Clinton against President Donald Trump’s campaign?

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said that Ohr’s testimony can help sort out exactly who was colluding with whom, and the depth of the Clinton campaign’s involvement.

“What’s come out now, Maria, is that he has been the go-between Christopher Steele, so once Christopher Steele was terminated as a source, for doing all things like talking to the media, at the behest of Glenn Simpson, remember he was working for Glenn Simpson Fusion GPS, who are working for the Clinton Campaign. Christopher Steele was fired, a lot of this information wasn’t shared with the FISA court, especially because of the fact that Christopher Steele was desperate that Donald Trump not become president,” Nunes said on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” according to Breitbart.

“After that happened, Bruce Ohr, one of the top lawyers in the Department of Justice, kept continually meeting and providing information from Christopher Steele to who? The FBI.”

He added, “So here you have information flowing from the Clinton campaign from the Russians, likely — I believe was handed directly from Russian propaganda arms to the Clinton campaign, fed into the top levels of the FBI and Department of Justice to open up a counter-intelligence investigation into a political campaign that has now polluted nearly every top official at the DOJ and FBI over the course of the last couple years. It is absolutely amazing.”

“This is just madness. The American people need to know it,” Nunes said, Breitbart reported.

Nunes said that the issue, for once, needs to be fully explained to the American people.

“I will tell you, like I said in the last segment, the fact that the media is ignoring this is even more of a reason that we’re going to have to have more information than usual declassified. We’re going to have to have, I think, an unprecedented amount of information declassified because the media is just not covering this topic,” he said.

Source: New Evidence Points to Clinton Operatives Colluding with Russians To Frame Trump Campaign

August 14, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Compassion from Christ

for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (2:10)

Peter drew an analogy from the prophet Hosea when he introduced the next spiritual privilege for believers, compassion from Christ:

Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And the Lord said to him, “Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I would ever forgive them. But I will have compassion on the house of Judah and deliver them by the Lord their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, battle, horses or horsemen.” When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said, “Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I am not your God.” Yet the number of the sons of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered; and in the place where it is said to them, “You are not My people,” it will be said to them, “You are the sons of the living God.” (Hos. 1:6–10)

According to that passage, there was coming a time when the Jews would no longer receive God’s compassion. This was directly fulfilled in the judgment that came on the Northern Kingdom at the hands of the Assyrians (722 b.c.). But there will also be a future time (v. 10), during the Millennium, when He will have compassion on “the sons of Israel” and Judah in saving uncounted numbers of them (cf. Isa. 61:4–6; Jer. 16:14–15; Ezek. 37:20–22; Rom. 11:26–27).

In principle, Peter applied to the church—particularly to its Gentile members—the prophet’s words concerning the Jews (cf. Hos. 2:23; Rom. 9:22–26). As unbelievers, the Gentiles knew no compassion from Christ—they once were not a people. But now they had become the people of God, because they had received His mercy. Mercy is synonymous with compassion and essentially involves God’s sympathy with sinners’ misery and His withholding from them the just punishment for their sins.

Scripture discusses two kinds of divine mercy. First there is God’s general mercy (cf. Ps. 145:9; Lam. 3:22), which is evident in His providential to all creation (Pss. 36:7; 65:9–13; Matt. 5:44–45; Acts 14:14–17; 17:23–28; cf. Rom. 1:20). Common mercy displays God’s patient pity and forbearing compassion toward sinners (3:20; Pss. 86:15; 103:8; 2 Peter 3:9; cf. Luke 13:6–9) because He had every right, in view of their sin, to destroy them all. Instead, at the present time He mercifully chooses not to unleash all the disastrous consequences that humanity’s sinfulness deserves (cf. Gen. 9:8–11). But eventually God’s general mercy will expire and people will feel the full consequences of sin (Matt. 24:4–22; Rev. 6:7–8; 8:7–9:19; 14:14–19; 16:1–21; 18:1–24; 19:17–21; 20:7–15; cf. Gen. 6:3; Isa. 27:11; Jer. 44:22).

Second, there is the divine, saving mercy displayed toward the elect, which is the mercy Peter referred to. They receive not only God’s common mercy in this life, but also His saving mercy for the life to come (Dan. 7:18; John 14:2; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 2:7; 7:16–17; 21:1–7). The elect, although no more inherently deserving than anyone else, receive God’s forgiveness for their sins and His deliverance from eternal condemnation—all according to His sovereign and loving purposes (Rom. 8:28–30; Eph. 1:4; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 1:2; cf. Ps. 65:4; Rom. 9:15–16; James 2:5).

Christ’s compassion, or mercy, for believers is a spiritual privilege that beggars language (cf. Pss. 57:10; 59:16–17; 103:11; 136:1–9). It rescues believers from judgment in hell and grants them an eternal inheritance in heaven (1:4; Ps. 37:18; Acts 20:32; 26:18; Eph. 1:11, 14, 18; Col. 1:12; 3:24; Heb. 9:15), which is why Paul called God “the Father of mercies” (2 Cor. 1:3; cf. Rom. 9:23; Titus 3:5). The words of one writer appropriately express how all Christians should feel toward such divine compassion:

When all Thy mercies, O my God,

My rising soul surveys,

Transported with the view I’m lost,

In wonder, love, and praise.

Proclamation of Christ

so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him (2:9e)

Finally, God has provided His kaleidoscope of spiritual privileges for believers for one overarching purpose: that they may proclaim the excellencies of Christ. There is no higher privilege than to be a herald for the gospel.

Proclaim (exangeilēte) is from a Greek word that appears only here in the New Testament. It means “to publish”, or “advertise” and to do so in the sense of telling something otherwise unknown. That which is generally unknown and which Peter encourages believers to publicize is the excellencies of Christ, the Savior. Excellencies (aretas) can imply the ability to perform powerful, heroic deeds. Contrary to what it might indicate in English, the term refers more to those kinds of actions than to some intrinsic royal attributes or qualities. Christians have the distinct privilege of telling the world that Christ has the power to accomplish the extraordinary work of redemption (Acts 1:8; 2:22; 4:20; 5:31–32; Rev. 15:3; cf. Pss. 66:3, 5, 16; 71:17; 73:28; 77:12, 14; 104:24; 107:22; 111:6–7; 118:17; 119:46; 145:4; John 5:36; 10:25 regarding God’s amazing acts).

For God to choose undeserving sinners as His representatives and use them to gather other sinners to Himself is a privilege beyond all expectation. It caused Paul to write:

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Tim. 1:12–17)[1]

10 The remarkable nature of this transformation—before and after—is illustrated by yet another interpretive use of the OT (Hos 1:6, 9–2:1, 23), wherein the prophet had drawn parallels between his unfaithful wife and Israel. By the creative, restorative mercy of God, those who were formerly “not a people” were now made “the people of God.” Just as divine compassion and mercy were available to restore Israel, despite her unfaithfulness, pagans as well, who had no former claim on God’s mercy, were candidates (and recipients) thereof. The saints are simultaneously called out of something—spiritual darkness—and to something far greater—spiritual illumination leading to moral transformation.[2]

2:10 / The status of Peter’s Christian readers is again defined, but in different terms. Formerly, before their conversion, they were not a people, a not-people, so to speak: those who did not count in God’s program. But there has been a fundamental change: now, after undergoing a new spiritual birth (1:3), they have been brought into the divine family as full members.

Though once a not-people, they are now part of the people of God. The transformation is described yet again, this time in terms of forgiveness and reconciliation: once you had not received mercy, being outside the covenant of grace, but now you have received mercy, on account of the redeeming work of Christ (1:3).

Readers of Peter’s words with a knowledge of the Jewish Scriptures would at once recognize them as a skillful selection of phrases from Hosea 1–2. For the prophet Hosea, the restoration of relationships with his estranged wife spoke of repentant Israel being brought back to God. For Christian teachers, the episode was seen as foreshadowing the admission of Gentiles into the one true church. It is perhaps surprising that such a strongly negative phrase in the Hosea passage as not a people was interpreted by the rabbis as referring to Israel and not to Gentiles, despite hints that God had something special in mind for the latter (as in Isa. 9:1–2; 11:10; 42:6; 49:6; 60:5–6; Mal. 1:11).

Verse 10 rounds off a passage (from v. 4) in which Peter has been spelling out the blessings, originally promised to Israel, that are now the privilege of the church of believers in Christ. The Jerusalem temple of stone is now replaced by the living stones of the new spiritual temple of believers. The priesthood, formerly limited to the tribe of Aaron and engaged in offering animal sacrifices as the means of approaching God, is now a royal priesthood shared by all believers, who enjoy direct personal access to God. They are individually able to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God because they are made through the perfect sacrifice of Christ. God’s chosen people are no longer confined to the physical descendants of Abraham, the nation of Israel, but by divine decision they are now the body of Christian believers. It is not that ethnic Israel has been irrevocably rejected by God and replaced by Gentiles (Paul makes that clear in Rom. 9–11); rather, for both Jew and Gentile the divine blessings to God’s people are available through Jesus the Messiah.[3]

10. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Once again Peter relies on Old Testament imagery. He alludes to the prophecy of Hosea where the Lord addresses the prophet when Gomer gave birth to her second son: “Call him Lo-Ammi [not my people], for you are not my people, and I am not your God” (1:9; and see 2:23). The second part of verse 10 also is an allusion to Hosea’s prophecy. Gomer gave birth to a daughter and the Lord tells Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah [no mercy; or, not loved], for I will no longer show love [mercy] to the house of Israel” (1:6).

“Once you were not a people [useful to God], but now you are the people of God.” Here is an obvious reference to the past of these recipients. They were Gentiles and Jews who through the preaching of the Word of God had been converted (1:12). God saved them through the redemptive work of his Son and now these same persons are part of the body of believers known as “the people of God.” They are God’s special people, whom Peter designates “a people belonging to God” (v. 9).

“Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” The Greek wording indicates that the recipients had lived without God for a long time, during which they had tried but failed to obtain mercy for themselves. Peter contrasts the past of these people with their present: “now you have received mercy.” That is, they have received remission of sin and rejoice in the love and the grace of God.

The prophet Hosea contrasts the unfaithfulness of his contemporaries in ancient Israel with the electing love of their covenant God (Hos. 1:1–2:23). In the New Testament, Paul applies the prophecy of Hosea to the Gentiles (Rom. 9:25–26). Moreover, he regarded as Gentiles the Jewish people who had broken God’s covenant. Yet God takes Gentiles and converted Jews into a covenant relationship with himself. Peter affirms this same truth when he addresses both Jewish and Gentile Christians in his epistle: “You are … a people belonging to God.”[4]

2:10 Peter closes this section by referring to the book of Hosea. Using the prophet’s own tragic family life as an object lesson, God had pronounced judgment on the nation of Israel. Because of their unfaithfulness to Him, He said He would no longer have pity on them and that they would no more be His people (Hos. 1:6, 9). But the casting aside of Israel was not final, for the Lord also promised that in a future day, Israel would be restored:

“… I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ” (Hos. 2:23).

Some of the people to whom Peter was writing had once been part of the nation of Israel. Now they were members of the church. Through faith in Christ, they had become the people of God, while unbelieving Jews were still cast aside.

So Peter sees in the condition of the converted Jews of his day a partial fulfillment of Hosea 2:23. In Christ, they had become God’s new people; in Christ, they had obtained mercy. This handful of saved Jews enjoyed the blessings promised to Israel through Hosea long before Israel nationally would enjoy them.

No one should conclude from this passage in Peter that because the church is now God’s people, He is through with Israel as a nation. Neither should one assume that the church is now the Israel of God, or that the promises made to Israel now apply to the church. Israel and the church are separate and distinct entities, and an understanding of this distinction is one of the most important keys to interpreting the prophetic word.

Israel was God’s chosen earthly people from the time of the call of Abraham to the coming of the Messiah. The nation’s rebellion and faithlessness reached its awesome climax when Christ was nailed to the cross. Because of this crowning sin, God temporarily set aside Israel as His chosen people. They are His ancient earthly people today but not His chosen people.

During the present age, God has a new people—the church. This Church Age forms a parenthesis in God’s dealings with Israel. When the parenthesis is closed, that is, when the church is caught away to heaven, God will resume His dealings with Israel. Then a believing portion of the nation will become God’s people again.

The final fulfillment of Hosea’s prophecy is still future. It will take place at the Second Advent. The nation that rejected its Messiah will “look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn” (Zech. 12:10). Then repentant, believing Israel will receive mercy and will become God’s people once more.

The point Peter is making in verse 10 is that believing Jews today enjoy an advance fulfillment of Hosea’s prophecy, while unbelieving Jews are still alienated from God. The complete and final fulfillment will take place when “the Deliverer will come out of Zion” and “turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (Rom. 11:26).[5]

2:10 obtained mercy: Although we once deserved condemnation because of unbelief (John 3:18, 36; Eph. 2:1–3), we no longer are under the sentence of judgment (Eph. 2:4–7).[6]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2004). 1 Peter (pp. 132–134). Chicago: Moody Publishers.

[2] Charles, D. J. (2006). 1 Peter. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, p. 318). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Hillyer, N. (2011). 1 and 2 Peter, Jude (pp. 69–70). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[4] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Epistles of Peter and the Epistle of Jude (Vol. 16, pp. 93–94). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[5] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 2261–2262). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1681). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.