“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” (I Peter 2:9).
God has revealed through the Scriptures that the disobedient are destined for destruction and ruination (I Peter 2:6-8). How does the believer in Christ differ from the unbelieving sinner? The Apostle Peter reminds the church of its holy status because of God’s grace.
First, all believers are a chosen race. We are God’s chosen people, whether Jew or Gentile (I Peter 1:1; Deuteronomy 10:15; Isaiah 43:20). This status which was solely applied to Israel in the Old Testament is now applied to the New Testament church.
Second, believers are a royal priesthood. Because believers are chosen by God, they become, as Peter already stated (I Peter 2:5), a priesthood of believers. The word royal refers to belonging to and serving a king. Priests offer sacrifices to the one true God and king they serve. We have the privilege of offering our very lives as a living sacrifice unto God (Romans 12:1-2).
Third, a holy nation. Holy means dedicated and pure. Once again, Peter makes sure believers understand their position before God and their responsibility to God is to be holy in everything (I Peter 1:16). Nation means a large group of people. The church is this group.
Fourth, the church is called “a people for His own possession.” The church is a large group of people who belong to God. God preserves the church for Himself, as He did Israel. As one theologian says, “As Israel was “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,” so too believers today are chosen, are priests, are holy, and belong to God.”
Resolve to remember your identity in Jesus Christ. Today, memorize these four privileges you have, and are, in Christ.
Soli deo Gloria!