Keys To Unlocking Christ’s Treasure

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments..”  Ps 112:1

Introduction

It is important for God’s elect established in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know the keys to unlock Christ’s treasure.  It is God’s will that all God’s elect live blessed lives and experience God’s promises and blessings.  I believe God’s elect at NCCkl want to live lives with divine health, healthy relationships and sound financial standings.  Unfortunately, many struggle on how to take hold of these promises and blessings.

In the Bible, God gives over and over again the keys to unlock the divine treasure found in Christ.  The hidden keys are found in Ps 112:1.

The psalmist alludes that God’s elect must delight themselves in the Lord to experience Christ’s treasure. 

Listed below are some keys in the passage for God’s elect to realize: 

 

  1. Realize That God Is The Source Of All Blessings

God is the Alpha and Omega, the One Who was, is and Who is to come.  Rev 1:8   God is the source from Whom all things were created.  Gen 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created heavens and earth.”  The Hebrew translation of that verse is “In the beginning, the BLESSED One created the heavens and earth.”  God is the ‘Blesser’ and blessings originated from Him.  “Every good and perfect gifts is from Him.”  James 1:17   God has a Blessing plan for God’s elect to experience everything He promises.

 

  1. Realize That The Choice To Be Blessed Is Ours

“Today, I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessing and curses.  Now, I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.  That you would choose life so that you and your descendants might live.”  Deut 30:19   God wants His elect to know through this Scripture that He has called heaven and earth as witnesses and set two choices before us, blessings and cursings, life or death.  We have a choice and we have to choose.  God cannot do it for us.  Not choosing life and blessing is the same as choosing death and cursings.  How do you choose life and blessing?  We choose by making a conscious decision to place our faith  uncompromisingly in the Gospel  God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.  Once  born  again after being forgiven of all our lifetime of sins, God bestows us with the gift of the Holy Spirit.  God’s elect  must consistently walk in the Holy Spirit by faith to experience the fullness of the abundant blessings God has promised us.  Choose to delight in Him and His ways.

 

  1. Realize That Fearing The Lord Leads To Blessing

The fear referenced in this Scripture is not the terror and anxiety that God tells us to avoid.  God promises that God’s elect will be blessed when we revere, worship and obey Him.  God doesn’t want us quacking in fear at the thought of Him or expecting ill effects from interacting with Him.  No, God simply wants us to recognize Who He is as our loving Heavenly Father.

 

  1. Realize That Delighting In His Commandments Leads To Blessing

Often when we think of God’s commandment or His laws, we immediately return to the Big 10, the ones Moses brought down on tablets from Mt. Sinai.  God’s commandment aren’t limited to those.  In fact, there are hundreds of commands in the OT alone.  However, as it became glaringly clear under the Old Covenant, God’s people have always been unable to follow God’s command in their own strength.  It took Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to erase the stain of their sins.  Thankfully, Jesus showed God’s elect another way, a way beyond rote obedience and a way into relationships.  In Mt 22:37-40, Jesus summed up all the OT commandments in one word – love.  Loving God wholeheartedly and loving others is our No. 1 command.  When God’s elect endeavors to keep the commandment of love by His Spirit with a pure motive, we are delighting in God’s command. 

 

  1. Realize That God Loves Us And Wants Us Blessed

God  loves  us  so  much  and He desires an intimate relationship with us.

1 John 4:19 reminds us that we love each other because God loved us first.  It is only out of that love, God’s love, that His blessings are possible.  In fact, God demonstrated His love for us when Christ died while we are still sinners.  Rom 5:8  God’s elect are so important to God that He sent Jesus to ensure that we have the choice to live in relationship with Him forever and be blessed.  God wants us to delight in Him so that the blessings will overtake us.  Deut 28:2  Delighting ourselves in the Lord is easy when we understand first how much the Lord truly loves us.  When we realize His eternal love for us, we can’t help but delight in Him and His Word.

 

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