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Blessed to Be God's People

1 Peter 2.9-10
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.
Peter shares many images to express who we are as God’s people. We have received God’s mercy. What a blessing! God has called us to Himself. When we put our faith in Christ, we became God’s people. You should think of the imagery as referring us to collectively as the church rather than individually.

In verse 9 Peter uses titles of Israel in the Old Testament to describe the church (Exodus 19.5-6; Isaiah 43.20-21). We have this status in order to proclaim how excellent God is.

We are a chosen race—Christians are a chosen people.

We are a royal priesthood—Christians belong to the King and can come directly into His presence.

We are a holy nation—Christians have been set apart by God.

We are a people for God’s own possession—Christians belong to God.

All of this is a result of God’s mercy on us. Verse 10 is a poem Peter based on Hosea 1.6, 9-10; 2.23 (Paul also cites the verses from Hosea in Romans 9.25-26). We have the opportunity to praise God and proclaim how excellent God is and how wonderful all of God’s actions are.

God called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Do you remember what your life was like before you knew Christ? How do you continually seek to live in God’s marvelous light rather than the darkness of sin? Remember that you are accepted by God even when you are rejected on earth. We are blessed to be God’s people.

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