“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9
As I logged onto my computer this morning, I was sidetracked by an article on the FBI director’s warning of an eminent attack on the U.S. In the article, Director Comey was speaking of yet another terrorist group called Khorasan and said “They are both vicious, sort of the inheritors of a lot of the mantle of al Qaeda and present different threats in a lot of ways,”.
My point here is not the terrorist groups but the word “mantle”. In Biblical times the word mantle was referred to as a cloak or an article of clothing. A person’s mantle also represented the call of God on their life. As a Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ, a steward of His grace and mercies we wear a mantle of a royal priesthood. In the eyes of the Lord we are a chosen generation to proclaim His name and His Word to the lost. None of us are the same but we all have the same commission.
“Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone’ and ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense’. They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.” 1 Peter 2:7-8. Sinners and the disobedient are appointed to stumble. As long as we reject Jesus as our Saviour, we wear a mantle of disobedience; a mantle appointed to failure.
At my church this month we are studying on how to study the Bible. One of the things my Pastor spoke on was Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” and Revelations 21:1 “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth…”. So often we tend to go to the Bible to see how it pertains to our life. We look up a specific scripture and make it fit. Instead, we need to look in the Bible to see where we fit…where we find our mantle; our cloak of righteousness. From the beginning to the new beginning is where we will find ourselves. The Word of God is where we find the Lord. It fills the gnawing dissatisfaction with a flowing river of life. Once the river begins to flow we are no longer appointed to failure but to life.
While Director Comey warns us of pending attacks, let us warn the enemy that God is raising up His army to reap the harvest. The Lord’s remnant will be cloaked in the mantle of His righteousness and grace. The remnant, the harvest, the Lord’s army – we are the “apple of His eye” and are appointed to declare His praises. Let the enemy be warned, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,” Philippians 2:10. What mantle will the Lord see you covered in while bowed down? This question is not meant to condemn but to provoke. Director Comey’s words spoke of the mantle of al Qaeda which provoke fear in some. However, God’s Word speaks of the mantle of righteousness, which provokes boldness….I chose the mantle of righteousness. – Donna Warren