What a privilege it is simply to be born human. For even when we feel at our worst (But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people Ps 22:6) we can still think upon the Lord and remember Genesis 1:26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. What animal or even angel can say the same? What tree or mountain or fish or bird can lament, repent, create, pray, sing, turn to the Lord in the same way as one of God’s image bearers?
1 Peter 1 reminds us of the immense privilege of being born Anno Domini, in the gospel age of heavenly reception. For many centuries the Bible was virtually a closed book to the outside world, preserved by faithful Jewish scribes and scholars. There were of course those holy men who were looking to and speaking of the promised seed of Genesis: Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you (v.10)
Far greater still is the privilege of being born again; un-blinded, given eyes to see and granted spiritual rescue from that subtle ruiner of souls: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Cor 4:4). If this is so with us, then may we as workers together with him […] receive not the grace of God in vain (1 Cor 6:1) but rather act prayerfully and pray feelingfully, that that same grace may move upon many a darkened heart, before the Judgement comes.