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August 12, 2013

Text: “…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” I Peter 3:15

There are many passages in the New Testament that teach us to do homage to Jesus Christ, but this may be thought to be one of the most practical. Put in its context, this verse supplies a “Why” and “How”  to render  praise to our Savior, Jesus.

Do you know who Jesus is? Do you understand his divine nature? Do you live uprightly as one of his servants? Have you obeyed him?

Here Peter calls Jesus “Christ the Lord”. Peter sees the heart  as the center of man’s will. If the heart understands the essence of Jesus it will offer sincere and abundant homage to Jesus.  Notice what is called the “Great Commandment”: “You shall love the Lord your God with all the heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Now here is the reason “why” we should honor Jesus: He is deity, holy, divine, Son of God, doer of the will and signs of God, creator,  Savior. In writing to the saints at Rome, Paul says of Jesus, “..and (he) was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord…” Romans 1:4  You will never honor Jesus without accepting his deity. Jesus said, “Believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1  Believing and obeying Christ is the only deliverance from your sin.  “…for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” John 8:24b

As to the “how” we honor Christ as Lord, it begins in the heart, as we saw above. As God began to give the Ten Commandments to Israel he said, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2-3) The Exodus from Egypt is cited repeatedly in the Old Testament as the great demonstration  of God’s power. It saved his people from slavery and led to the land of promise where they worshiped him. This is where it all begins: the Prologue to the Ten Commandments. Scrutinize the first 21 verses of Exodus and you will see that verse two is the foundation of the Law of Moses. God’s person and power are right up front as the beginning of the realization that we must subject our lives to his complete authority. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15

“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises  to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.” Psalms 147:1


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