“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).
What is the believer’s identity in Jesus Christ?
First, all believers are a chosen race. Second, believers are a royal priesthood. Third, believers in Christ are a holy group of people. Fourth, the church belongs to God. 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.”
What then is our purpose and mission in possessing these four privileges? Our purpose in light of what all believers are in Christ is to proclaim, announce and speak about Jesus Christ. Proclaim (ἐξαγγέλλω; exangello) is the word from which we derive the English word angel. Among the many responsibilities angels possess, one of their main functions was to announce God’s truth as God’s messenger. God calls us to announce His great and wonderful character in saving sinners by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
God calls sinners out of the evil realm of darkness and death (Ephesians 2:1-3). This is the realm we all were a part of in our unconverted existence. But God, by His grace, called and summoned us into a covenant relationship with Him. This is truly wonderful.
The Apostle Paul explains it this way in Ephesians 2:4-7. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Remember your responsibility to tell everyone what God has done for you in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Remember to also live a holy life before God and others in light of all you are in Jesus Christ.
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
Soli deo Gloria!