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Read Introduction to 1 Peter

 

“Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
 
 
glorify God in the day of visitation
 
“Visitation” is a demonstration of God’s power (Gen. 50:24f; Ex 3:16; Job 10:12; 29:4). This is the coming of divine power either to benefit or for judgment. 
 
“Visitation” is the day of inspection. This is a day of reckoning on non-Christians. This is not the visit of judgment but the visit of the person of God in salvation.
 
Non-Christians will sit-up and take notice of your life if it is consistent. If our concern is about the inner life, it will manifest itself in our outer life. 
 
PRINCIPLE: 
 
God visits the life of every non-Christian to bring them to Christ.
 
APPLICATION:
 
The “day of visitation” may simply be the pay off by God. It is the day that comes in the life of every unsaved person. It may be a tragedy, a frightful accident. It may be surgery, a bitter disappointment, a terrible financial loss. 
 
God uses these experiences to bring people to Christ. Your testimony will come back to them. They will remember what the reality of your life is like. It all comes back to them on the day of visitation of God’s sovereign act upon their lives. What that day of visitation may be, only God knows. 
 
Experiences in life can bring us up short. That is the time when our heart is tender. That is when we can see the love of God more clearly. Those who were lost may now turn to Christ. They now see the reality of your life. Their mouths are shut in silence. All they can do is glorify God because of your testimony. 
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