August 03, 2023 – Thursday
1 Peter 2:9-10 NIV
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10 NKJV
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
You may be brought up short when reading the above verses as they are so very similar to what was written to the Jews in Exodus 19:5-6, NIV 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” Or NKJV 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
What is going on here, you may ask? From the beginning, Peter is writing to the Gentile believers in Jesus and at the end we find he is writing from Rome. From chapter one Peter wants the scattered Christians to know they belong to the family of Abraham, thus the Old Testament allusions.
When Peter writes we are a chosen people/generation he is referring to what was once the sole status of Israel but is no longer theirs alone. As followers of Christ, we too are a chosen people/generation in a very real spiritual sense. As a result, from God’s perspective, we are a royal priesthood with Jesus as our King.
Once we were not a people but now we are people of God, belonging to God, through the mercy we received from God via His Son on the cross. Some may not be comfortable at the idea of belonging to God, but not all. Anyone who has served in the military – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard – knows what is like to come from all sorts of backgrounds and suddenly belong to an organization, giving your allegiance to it. Belonging to God is not unlike that, for you change your values to His values and you give your allegiance to Him in even a greater sense than the military. And in the process, He remakes you, just as the military does.
How wonderful to know we are part of God’s family, belonging to God, having received His mercy. We are His and we should live as His to bring glory and honor to Him as best as we are able. We are His people here on earth and one day will be in heaven with Him.
Bottom Line: No matter our troubles, trials, or suffering, we are part of the most wonderful family imaginable.
Prayer: Almighty God, Thank You for making it possible for us to join the family of Abraham, Your family no matter our station in this life. You have honored us through Your mercy. Thank You. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton