Peter gave the disciples, under severe persecution, an eternally hopeful description. This week we will dig deeply into a, joyful, powerfully motivating passage: 1 Peter 2:9. Peter used four descriptions to encourage the persecuted disciples. We will investigate two of these descriptions this week: a chosen race and a royal priesthood.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Exodus 19:5–6 Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples, although all the earth is Mine, 6 and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation.’ These are the words that you are to say to the Israelites.”
It helps to understand the first phrase, “a chosen race,” by investigating the original language.
|Part of Speech:||Adjective|
|Definition||Chosen, elect, choice, select, those chosen by God for the execution of special service to Him (of the Hebrew race, particular Hebrews, the Messiah, and the Christians).|
|Part of Speech:||Noun|
|Definition||Offspring, progeny, family, kindred, lineage race, nation, kind.|
Peter used the language of Exodus 19:5–6 to describe believers believers as a “chosen race” which reflects the glories of God. God had selected special recipients of His mercy from those who previously never belonged to anyone. All over Asia Minor (Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia) both Jewish and Gentile Christians were part of the same “chosen race” although they came from different ethnicities.
The blood of Christ has purchased our unity.
The only thing that matters is that we have been chosen in Christ to be part of God’s family. This is our new identity!