Although the disciples of Jesus that Peter was writing were “temporary residents,” under Roman persecution, Peter used four descriptions to encourage and motivate the persecuted disciples.
Last week we investigated two of descriptions:
- a chosen race
- a royal priesthood.
This week we will investigate the remain two descriptions:
a holy nation,
- a people for His possession
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. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
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.”
In Exodus 19:6, through Moses, God told the Israelites, “you will be my kingdom of priests and my holy nation” (Exodus 19:6).
Sadly, Israel failed to fulfill its potential by rejecting the Lord and by following the false gods of other nations.