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This week we continue our series titled “Standing firm under stress” the messages will come from Peter’s first epistle.

Peter knew what it meant to be under pressure, and he wrote to people who were under the pressure of persecution. 

His book speaks to the personal needs of God’s people today.

Today we are talking about God’s Chosen People

God’s Chosen People

Text

1 Peter 2:9-10 (AMP)

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 

10 Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Scripture Reading.

Exodus 19:3-6, Titus 2:11-14, 1 Peter 2:9-10.

Introduction 

Peter had exhorted the scattered Christians in the Roman provinces to consecrate themselves to Christ on the basis that they were:

  1. Children of God the Father. (1 Peter 1:13-25)

2. Believers in Christ who ought to grow. (1 Peter 2:1-3)

3. Living stones in the living temple (1 Peter 2:4-8)

He now called for consecration on the basis that they are God’s chosen people.

This relationship may be plotted as a dot within a circle.

The circle completely owns the dot. 

God completely owns His people.

  1. God’s chosen people.

The text designating Christians as God’s chosen people is almost identical with the words of God spoken through Moses at the foot of mount Sinai designating Israel as God’s chosen people. (Exodus 19:3-6)

The people of Israel misunderstood the nature of their covenant relationship. 

They thought that they were better than the Gentiles.

They generally thought that they had been elected to salvation rather than to service.

In the main, they persecuted and killed God’s representatives, culminating in the crucifixion of Jesus.

In the parable of the wicked husband, Jesus epitomised their sad story of poor stewardship.

He indicated the end of Israel’s special relationship in the words, Matthew 21:43 (AMP)

43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to [another] people who will produce the fruit of it.

Our scripture informs us that the nation, or people, who now have a similar relationship to God as the chosen people are the Christians.

2. The nature of God’s chosen people.

  1. God had called His people out of darkness into His wonderful light.

They had come from heathenism to Christianity.

Was Peter familiar with these writings of Paul, or did these writers independently develop the same ideas?

B. They were:

  1. “A chosen people” (1 Peter 1:9)

An elect race corresponding to spiritual Israel, Abraham’s children by faith.

2. “A royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9)

Every Christian is a priest.

He or she needs no one to go to God on their behalf.

We say that officers in Christ’s church are deacons etc but not priests.

3. “A holy nation” 

Holy means set apart, dedicated to God.

4. “God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9)

Paul wrote in, Titus 2:14 (AMP)

14 who [willingly] gave Himself [to be crucified] on our behalf to redeem us and purchase our freedom from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a chosen and very special people to be His own possession, who are enthusiastic for doing what is good.

3. The purpose of God’s election.

1 Peter 2:9 (AMP)

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

The purpose is that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

When God first chose Israel at Sinai, the reason was not that God loved Israel more than the Gentiles.

“For the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5) is one of the reasons God gave for calling Israel as a special people.

God’s election of Israel was a method for reaching all nations.

God’s election of Christians os a method for reaching the heathen with the gospel.

Conclusion.

The purpose of our life is to glorify God.

Election is not to salvation but to service.

The Christian is to bear fruit.

God desires His chosen people to be missionaries to all people.

If God’s people become rebellious and sinful, He may raise up another people who will accomplish His purpose.

Until next time

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