But you are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh,
which wage war against your soul.
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable,
so that when they speak against you as evildoers,
they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
I Peter 2:9-12
This is a hopeful passage to think about at the beginning of the New Year isn’t it? It’s a repeat of the Covenant mentioned in Exodus and Deuteronomy, but adjusted a bit for after the cross. It’s roots are definitely deep in those Old Testament passages.Let's live like the people we are! A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for GOD's possession...this is who we are in Christ! Click To Tweet
For a Jewish person, the closeness to their promise from the Old Testament in Exodus and Deuteronomy would be difficult to miss. They had it memorized. For the gentile, they might not have heard it, but if they were in a church, there might be Jewish believers present who had. If they were aware of some of the other apostolic teachings being written that are now our New Testament, they were learning more and more from those who had actually talked to Jesus, what He was like; what the scene at the cross was actually like with all the chaos, screaming, upset, and in the end, the shaking of the ground with the earthquake!
People who were there to experience that event must have never forgotten the experience! They must have understood the battle of good and evil that went on that day!
We who are in Christ, are GOD’s chosen people now
To hear that we are a chosen people…yes, we gentiles! It is a special thing to hear. Once we were not a people, but now we are GOD’s people! What does that look like? Seeing how that plays out in the real world is something I’m still not sure I always understand.
So this week and in the year to come, let’s live like the people we are! A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for GOD’s possession…this is who we are if we are in Christ!
Let’s live like it. What a challenge! I so often live like a pauper. Blessings today!