If. . .

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
(1 Peter 2:3)

Charles Spurgeon, in Morning and Evening, wrote:

“If:—then, this is not a matter to be taken for granted concerning every one of the human race.

“If:—then there is a possibility and a probability that some may not have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

“If:—then this is not a general but a special mercy; and it is needful to enquire whether we know the grace of God by inward experience. There is no spiritual favour which may not be a matter for heart-searching.”

In his commentary, Matthew Henry wrote:

“All true believers are a holy priesthood; sacred to God, serviceable to others, endowed with heavenly gifts and graces. But the most spiritual sacrifices of the best in prayer and praise are not acceptable, except through Jesus Christ.”

True Believers. These are the ones whose names are written in the Book of Life. These are the ones who receive the Mark of G-d upon them. These are the ones who will die rather than receive the Mark of the Beast.

Pastor J. Glyn Owen, in a sermon, spoke on John’s epistle and the characteristics of a what he called the “Genuine Christain.” These are:

1. Obedience;
2. Love for the Children of G-d;
3. Belief/faith. (Belief in the Oneness of the Father and The Son.)

“Whats it all about Alfie,” Barbara Streisand once sung, “Is it just for the moment we live?”

As “Genuine Christians” we live in this moment in time, and we also live in an eternal moment with Y’shuaJesus. We must, like the Israelis in the desert (Joshua 24:14.15), declare:

But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!

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