Week 1, Day 3
A Holy People Bringing Light to the World
By: Amy Epperson
1 Peter 2:9-10
9 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. 10 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.
In much of Peter's letter to the believers throughout Asia Minor (present-day Turkey), he encourages them to live holy, set-apart lives in a crooked world. These verses specifically connect to God's fuller picture of holiness described in the Old Testament. When he refers to the Church of that day (the believers) as "a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession,” Peter is applying truth about the nation of Israel as God’s chosen, holy nation to the Church across Asia Minor. This identity can be applied to us as well. We, too, are “... God’s special possession,” but to what end?
One main idea that stands out to me in this short passage is the contrast between who we were before Christ and who we are now because of Christ.
Before Christ - In Christ
In darkness - In God’s wonderful light
Not a people - The people of God
Had not received mercy - Have received mercy
Thank you, God, for choosing us! For choosing me! Note that the difference between these two conditions--before and after Christ’s indwelling--is ENTIRELY accredited to God. Read about our “before and after” states again and consider who made it all happen. The second main idea I see in this passage is related to the first. We have seen that God is responsible for choosing us, for calling us out, for making us his people, and for showing us mercy. But what is our role? Our part is to DECLARE His praises. To announce to the world what our God has done.
Spend some time considering that God CHOSE you, and let your meditation on this reality result in praise to your Father. Remember, our role is to declare the goodness of God! What truth about God's Kingdom has impressed you the most from this passage? Who can you share this truth with today?