When He visits them, people of the world glorify God

When God visits people of the world He calls them out of darkness into His marvelous light. When we lead a noble life among the people of the world, seeing the good we do helps bring them to glorify God when He visits them.

Peter puts when God visits people of the world in context of how our lives are living testimony of God’s grace and love.

But you are a chosen people, priests of a King, a holy nation, a people saved to be His own and to tell of the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were no people, but now you are God’s people. Once you had received no mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Dear friends, I urge you, as guests and strangers in the world: Refuse to do what the body wants, because its appetites fight against the soul. Live a noble life among the people of the world, that instead of accusing you of doing wrong, they may see the good you do and glorify God when He visits them [the day of visitation]. 1 Peter 2:9-12 AAT

Live a noble life among the people of the world.

The people of the world/Gentiles/Pagans notice our lives are different from theirs. They observe our right conduct, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Many want to learn more.

For the Kingdom of God does not consist of eating and drinking, but of right conduct, peace and joy, through the Holy Spirit; and whoever in this way devotedly serves Christ, God takes pleasure in him, and men highly commend him. Ro 14:17-18 WNT

We can live a noble life because God has made us, “A chosen people, priests of a King, a holy nation, a people saved to be His own and to tell of the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Only the priests of the Old Covenant could meet with God for His people. We are priests in the kingdom. Jesus as our High Priest and King.

Now that we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus, God’s Son, let us cling to what we confess. We have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way just as we are, only without sin. So let us come boldly to God’s throne of grace to get mercy and find grace to help us when we need it. Heb 4:14-16 AAT

The good we do.

Observing the good we do by our noble life predisposes people of the world to hearing the gospel of the kingdom and to glorify God.

He [God] has made us what we are, creating us in Christ Jesus to do good works, in which God long ago planned for us to live. Ephesians 2:4-10 AAT

Jesus tells us: “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men. You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 WMB

The day of visitation—when God visits them.

The day God visits people of the world is the day He saves them. Just like the day God saved us.

1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. 3 We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua, 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Yeshua; 8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10 WMB

Some Bible Translations put the day of visitation at judgment day.

That is far from rightly dividing the Word of Truth. On judgment day, unbelievers will be crying and gnashing their teeth, not glorifying God.

Look what Jesus said.

22 He went on his way through cities and villages, teaching, and traveling on to Jerusalem. 23 One said to him, “Lord, are they few who are saved?”

He said to them, 24  “Strive to enter in by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will seek to enter in and will not be able. 25  When once the master of the house has risen up, and has shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ then he will answer and tell you, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ 26  Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27  He will say, ‘I tell you, I don’t know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.’ 28  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God’s Kingdom, and yourselves being thrown outside. 29  They will come from the east, west, north, and south, and will sit down in God’s Kingdom. 30  Behold, there are some who are last who will be first, and there are some who are first who will be last.” Luke 13:22-30 WMB

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