1Pe 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious…
“According to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) (2008) 76% of the American adult population identified themselves as Christians, with 25% identifying themselves as Catholics, and 51% identifying themselves as Christians. Despite a high level of religious adherence, only 9% of Americans in that same poll said religion was the most important thing in their life”.
Is it not a sad commentary and evidence that something is terribly wrong when only 9% of professing Christians say that religion is the most important thing in their life? Surely, this brand of Christianity that is prevalent in our land is foreign to the Scriptures. Are the claims that Christ made upon His followers not relevant today? Is it possible for one to be united to the Lord Jesus, which alone constitutes being a Christian, and HE, Christ, not mean that much, or other things in this world be of greater importance?
Can one that has been made conscious of his utter depravity, vileness, and poverty, and in the awareness of such a pitiful condition, meet the ONE whose blood cleanses, whose righteousness covers, and whose riches begins to fill our bankrupt account; can this ONE be anything other than precious to such an individual?
Evidently, there are but few that believe, in the Scriptural sense of being saved, for unto those that believe, Christ is precious.
Of the 51% of people that identify themselves as Christians, they do so because they believe. It is a shame that in this day true saving faith, which only is that enabling one to believe, has been taken from the hands of a sovereign LORD and placed in the hands of sinners, totally depraved and spiritually dead.
Evangelism for the last century has created a great number of so-called converts by telling them all that is necessary for salvation is to believe. Paul did tell the Philippian jailor, who asked what he must do to be saved, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. What modern evangelism is leaving out is the work of the Spirit of God convincing men and women of their lost condition. There is a preparatory work of God in anyone’s heart, convincing them of their true condition (sinful & lost), their standing before God (alienated & at enmity with HIM), and their utter inability to do anything wherein salvation might be merited. Only where this has been worked in a sinner’s heart and only when it has been done can one be told to believe. Jesus Christ said he came into the world to save sinners. He also said that those that are whole or in good health do not need a physician. Christ will never be presented or set before a sinner, as his only hope, until the Spirit of God has convinced him of his need of a Savior.
The word believe simply means to have a firm conviction as to the reality of something. By that definition and its use in evangelism today, the devils are saved. Jas 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. Not only do they believe; they know God & Christ. Lu 4:34 Saying, Let [us] alone; what have we to do with thee, [thou] Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
Do any of the demons or the devil himself think that Christ is precious? They tremble before the presence of Almighty God but none think that the Son of God is precious. Christ being precious comes from one knowing what he is in himself and his utter inability to do anything about his condition, then to have the Lord of glory deliver him from the bondage of Satan and sin.
If to believe, brings one to a condition inwardly where Christ is precious, we might do well to ask ourselves ‘what think ye of Christ?’. You are the only person in the world that knows what Christ is and means to you. Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
What holds your heart? When you are all alone and not occupied with doing, what is it that has your heart and mind?
A better litmus test of knowing the certainty of your salvation, than going back in time to some experience you had that you call salvation, would be to honestly answer the question as to whether or not Christ is precious. Christ will never become precious until one is stricken with a sense of poverty of heart; that is they are nothing, have nothing, and can do nothing as far as meriting salvation. Only those, that have acutely been made aware of what they really are within themselves, will ever come to an experiential knowledge of Christ’s preciousness.
Is Christ PRECIOUS to you? Is the first and greatest command of God, according to Christ own words, not a labor or something you must work to achieve? One truly saved and birthed into the family of God not only loves Christ but to him, HE is also precious.