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Session 3 - 1 Peter 2:10 – Building Our Faith – Day 5
1 Peter 2:10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
Reformation Study Bible
Peter draws on the Septuagint of Hos. 1:6, 9, 10; and 2:23. In its original context, this is a prophecy about God’s embracing Israel after He had rejected her. Peter, like Paul (Rom. 9:25, 26), interprets the Hosea passages to include the reception of Gentiles into the people of God.
Romans 9:23-26 (NIV) What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea:
“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”
26 and, “In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”
The Israelites took pride in the fact that they were God’s chosen people, but for a time did not enjoy the benefit of that relationship due to their sin and inability to keep covenant with Him. The Gentiles were outsiders and not a part of the Israelite nation. However, through Jesus Christ, the Gentiles and those Jews who followed Jesus were now all included as God’s people.
How do we, as Gentiles, and really any person, Jew or Gentile, receive God’s mercy? By accepting that Jesus was The Truth and what He taught was truth, and by recognizing Him as the promised Messiah, we have obtained mercy. All people are sinners and do not merit the mercy of God; but by His grace we did not receive the punishment our sins deserved (mercy) and have received the promise of our heavenly hope (grace). We receive this gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sins when we surrender our lives to Jesus.
Question: How does the knowledge that God calls us His people increase our faith? How should the mercy He has given us change our attitude toward Him?
Reflect: If you are not certain you belong to God, that you have obtained His mercy, talk to a Sunday School teacher, Pastor, or godly Christian friend. Ask them to explain the gospel, the good news that you can know Jesus personally, to you. We pray that the Holy Spirit will bring you to the point of surrendering your life completely to Jesus so that you may be a part of our forever family and obtain mercy and grace from the Father. You may also ask questions via our Contact/Prayer Request tab, and Susan and Susie will reply ASAP.
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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.