“Chosen Race”

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, 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.


Original Word:  ἐκλεκτός
Part of Speech:  Adjective
Transliteration:  eklektos
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).


Original Word: γένος
Part of Speech: Noun
Transliteration: genos
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!


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Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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