John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. – Revelation 1:4-6 (NIV)

We talk about being free in Christ, but free to do what? John’s revelation tells us that Christ has made us a kingdom (a place where Christ is King and ruler) and priests (a people who stand before God for the people and before people for God). It is a people who have given up their lives for the rulership of Jesus and who serve God by making bridges with their neighbors that bring God glory. We are freed from our sins to display God’s glory and power to our neighborhoods.

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor,

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