Called to bless
to inherit blessing
“And thus shall ye say: Long life [to thee]! and peace be to thee, and peace be to thy house, and peace be to all that thou hast!” (1 Samuel 25:6)
We continue our study of this righteous man, David, and through him we learn how the character of a godly woman is and with what kind of people she likes to associate. In our previous study, we have seen how only those who practice righteousness are righteous, and not those who claim to have faith in God or those who think they are safe just because they “made a decision for Christ” in the past… Those who truly practice righteousness are those who have Christ’s Righteousness and have denied any righteousness in them. Their righteousness is not the hypocrite righteousness of the Pharisees, but the true righteousness which is not their own, but which they have received by faith alone, i.e. Christ’s Righteousness. Of this righteousness the Lord said: “For I say unto you, that unless your righteousness surpass [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of the heavens.” (Matthew 5:20) Those who have this righteousness do not greet a person with malice or to gain his approval or to show people that they are righteous, but they greet him sincerely from the heart, really wishing him peace. Thus they practically prove to be the children of their Heavenly Father who really loves the sinful humans and cares for them and with His loving-kindness and patience really leads them to repentance; He doesn’t just show that He wants them to be saved… Just as is their Father, so also are the children… Therefore the Lord said: “And if ye should salute your brethren only, what do ye extraordinary? Do not also the Gentiles the same? Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:47-48) Easy-believists who think that Salvation is by a dead faith alone as well as legalists who teach that Salvation is by faith and works do not know and do not understand what this righteousness is, therefore they think that the biblical doctrine of Justification by faith alone means that a man may enter Heaven while not being practically righteous. They don’t realize that a truly righteous man is he who walks in Christ’s Righteousness and not in his own righteousness…
Thus David, who is a man after God’s heart (see Acts 13:22), sent to this ungodly man Nabal a sincere greeting of peace. And thus are the children of God in all ages: we are to greet all people with the greeting of peace from a sincere heart purified by faith, without the hypocrisy of a legalist who wants to trade with God wishing to give Him good works in exchange for Heaven… The sincere child of God greets all people, without expecting anything in return. Even when a child of God greets a person before asking him for a favor, he should not give that greeting as the means to gain that favor! That’s hypocrite. We should not only greet those people from whom we expect something. The child of God also greets people without looking to their character or race or color. We should not only greet those who please us or look “good people” to us. With the same sincerity with which we greet the godly people, we should also greet the ungodly, wishing them the real peace of Christ. For we are even called to this! This is our calling, i.e. our vocation by which we are who we are in Christ. This is our nature and vocation: “not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but on the contrary, blessing [others], because ye have been called to this, that ye should inherit blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9) Those who think that they can inherit blessing without walking according to their calling (or vocation) in Christ are people who deceive themselves, and one day they will hear Him telling them: “I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:23) They were not really in Christ; He never knew them… Therefore, as this is our calling, the Lord told His disciples: “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace to this house. And if a son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it; but if not it shall turn to you again.” (Luke 10:5-6) We should greet by calling, not looking to the nature of the people who are greeted, whether they are sons of peace or not; in all cases our blessing will not go in vain, as it will rest upon those whom we’re blessing or will turn to us again; in all cases we will inherit blessing, because that’s who we are by calling.
Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ