“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” (I Peter 2:10).
It is always good to remember our responsibility to tell everyone what God has done for us in the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is also good to remember to live a holy life before God and others in light of all we are in Jesus Christ. This is what the Apostle Peter reminds us in I Peter 2:10. God once again tells us what believers were and what they are now.
Once we were not a people. What the apostle means is that at one time we were not God’s people. In our unconverted condition we did not belong to God, but rather were His enemies (Romans 5:10) and objects of His holy and righteous wrath (Romans 1:18; Ephesians 2:1-3; Acts 3:23).
People do not want to hear this today. Unfortunately, not only do the unconverted not want to hear the truth of the gospel, but also there are many of God’s people and pastors who do not want to share the gospel truth of God’s wrath upon the unconverted. Salvation has become God saving us from poverty, an unfulfilled life or life’s problems, rather than from God’s judgment.
The gospel message declares that by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone (Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 2:8-10) God has made sinners His people. We belong to Him (I Corinthians 6:19-20). We are His possession.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see.
Thank you God, for making me your child.
Soli deo Gloria!