Precious in the Sight of God

Text: Psalm 116:15

As we grow, it is important that we learn to see things the way God does – value what He values. Some things that we value are worthless (Isaiah 44:9). We must realize this and be willing to sacrifice them to follow the Lord (Philippians 3:8). We need to see what is important to God and set our priorities accordingly. In this lesson, we will consider some things that the Scriptures describe as being precious in the sight of God.

His Chosen People (Isaiah 43:1-7)

  • God reaffirmed His love for His chosen people – He redeemed them (v. 1), loved them (v. 4), and promised to be with them (v. 2,5)
  • Christians are God’s chosen people today (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14) – He has redeemed us (1 Peter 1:18-19), loves us (1 John 4:10), and promises to be with us (Hebrews 13:5-6)
  • God’s chosen people are precious in His sight – they must be in our sight as well (1 John 4:10-11)

The Blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19)

  • The blood of Christ was necessary for redemption (Hebrews 9:22, 11-14)
  • His blood is more precious than silver and gold – not perishable, but eternal (John 1:1); rare (John 3:16); nothing else can do what it does (Hebrews 9:22; 10:4)
  • We must recognize the value of Christ’s blood – not through lip-service, but obedience (Hebrews 10:26-29)

Jesus as the Cornerstone of the Church (1 Peter 2:4-7)

  • Though Jesus was rejected, He was precious to God
  • This passage emphasizes the church – Jesus was the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20); it belongs to Him (Matthew 16:18); He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28)
  • We must value the Lord’s church – build upon no other foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11); be part of His church, not any of the churches of men (Acts 2:38,41,47)

Unity Among Brethren (Psalm 133:1-2)

  • Unity is likened to the anointing oil that was used to consecrate Aaron and his sons (Exodus 30:30) – it was to be made by carefully following the Lord’s instructions (Exodus 30:22-25)
  • Unity among believers was something Jesus prayed for before His crucifixion (John 17:20-21)
  • We must value unity enough that we strive to maintain it (Ephesians 4:3)
  • However, as the anointing oil was to be made according to God’s specifications, unity must be maintained according to His word as well (1 Corinthians 1:10; John 17:21)

A Gentle and Quiet Spirit (1 Peter 3:4)

  • Peter used this phrase to describe the characteristics a godly wife should have (1 Peter 3:1) – however, these characteristics should be true of all Christians
  • Gentle (meek) – describes a humble submission to the will of God
  • Quiet – derived from a word that means “keeping one’s seat”; peaceable; not contentious
  • We must value these characteristics – meekness (Matthew 5:5; 1 Peter 5:6); quietness (Romans 12:18)

The Death of His Saints (Psalm 116:15)

  • Similar statement is made near the end of the Bible (Revelation 14:13) – the result of such a death is salvation
  • God had fellowship with man in the Garden (Genesis 3:8); sin ended that (Genesis 3:23-24) – God’s great plan since has been to restore that fellowship (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 2:12-16; Revelation 22:1-2)
  • We should value this because it means rest (Revelation 14:13) – so we must be busy working now (Hebrews 4:11)
  • Or, if you are not a Christian, you need to become one – otherwise you have no hope (Acts 4:12; Hebrews 5:9)

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