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Session 3 - 1 Peter 2:9 – Building Our Faith – Day 4
1 Peter 2:9 (HCSB) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Who are we? We are a chosen race or as some translations say, “a chosen generation, or a chosen nation” God’s people are no longer just the nation of Israel, nor are they the Gentiles alone. In the church, Messianic Jews and Gentiles are united into a new nation. Once we are in Christ, those who believe and trust in Him, are one family.
We are a royal priesthood. What does this mean? Because of our adoption into God’s family, we are royalty; and we serve as priests of the King of kings. As His priests, we will ultimately reign with Jesus:
Revelation 5:9-10 (KJV) 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Revelation 20:6 (KJV) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
We must remember that Peter was writing to Christians being persecuted for their faith. There is a promise for those who endure such suffering:
2 Timothy 2:12 (KJV) If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.
We are a holy nation. In the Old Testament, God chose Israel to be His chosen people, set on a hill, set apart to glorify Him. As Christians, we now share that distinction with Completed Jews, those who already recognize Jesus as their Messiah. In the end times more of Israel will come to that realization and again live as God’s chosen ones. As Gentiles (Susan and Susie neither one are of Jewish descent) we have been grafted into God’s family tree:
Romans 11:17-18 (NIV) If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
We are His special possession. One of the verses Susan and I use as the basis for the name Precious Jewels Ministries proclaims this:
Malachi 3:17 (AMPC) And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.
God owns us, but not as a mistreated slave. He owns us as a prized, priceless jewel because Jesus died to change us from a lump of coal into a radiant diamond.
Why has God declared us to be transformed into His precious jewels? Is it so we can enjoy being shiny and be praised by people? No! God, through our intimate relationship with Him, turns our scars into stars.
Philippians 2:15 (NIV) so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
As God’s jewels and stars we are to reflect His Light. When people see us, they should see Jesus shining out through us. The glory we reflect is His, not our own.
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that you may proclaim. The election and calling of God’s people is not only for salvation but for service as well. All believers are called to bear joyful witness to the saving acts of God.
As God’s special people, His jewels, His stars, we bring glory to Him by telling others of His saving grace.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Chew on This: Meditate on the way Peter referred to believers in this verse. Do you see yourself in this way? Why or why not? This who God says believers are. We are His masterpiece, so we need to live that out daily. Go forth and shine like a star in the extreme darkness of this world to draw people to faith in Jesus.