“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2 verse 9.
Here we start our four part look at this incredible verse. We can begin by looking at the first phrase that is used to describe the people , they are described as a “chosen race” , we will also look at the later phrase -“a people for his own possession” in correlation to being Purchased by God.
When we come to look at Christians as being Gods chosen people , people that he wants ands chooses to posses we must answer some questions that arise from this:
1. How and why are we choosen ?
2. What does it mean for us to be Gods possesion ?
Firstly loooking at how and why we are choosen.
In Christs death for us the offer of salvation was sent out to all of humanity, regardless of your belief in Gods soverign predestining or in mans free will to search after God (my own belief is grounded more in the former rather than the later ) ,the event of Christ shedding his blood for “whoever believes in him” (John 3:16) applies to every soul that will come to exist. In the death and resurrection of Christ the Call of acceptence into the family of God has now gone out to everyone one of these souls.
To that effect all are called but only those who respond with joy,sincerity and love will be choosen to be part of the family of God.
God does call us to himself with Grace that is irresistible and the Holy-Spirit will us heavily of the burden of sin that weighs on our soul; but that grace and conviction will not force us to cry to God , its a step that we must make our-self :
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3 verse 20. From this verse in Revelation we see the point put in a very visual way, Christ does call us to himself but for him to enter into our life we must open the door to him.
If God does not draw us to himself then we would have no hope of ever drawing near to him under our own efforts or attainments.
It is always humbling and benfical to remember that our salvation has nothing to do with us, if we had been left to our own wants and needs then we would gladly do so. We would happily sin and keep on sinning till the day we died if it were not for this call of God towards himself.
So we become these chosen people only by God calling us towars himself, not by any effort on our behalf.
This now begss the question why does God want us ? Why did Christ give up his life for us on that cross ? And why does God despite all our dirt , darkness and degregation still want us as his children?
There is a simple answer to why God wants us. Love. The love of God , a love that we can never fully understand or comprehend, a love that reults in the high king of heaven beaten,bleeding and nailed to a tree bearing every one of our dark sins – whilst us backsliders and sinners are being called clean, Holy and forgiven. Only this type of love, a love that is so utterly astounding and incomprhensible could redeem us from the darkness.
Along with loving us , God also saves us so that he may be magnified.Every salvation is truly a miracle and every Christian is a living walking example of an all powerfull God.
We can now look at what it means for us to be a people in the posession of God. When Christ died for us we were bought with his blood , the most costly purchase that was ever made as we have it
“for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body”
-1Corinthians 6 verse 20
The price that we were bought with cost our Savior his his very life, Since, in our salvation, we gave our life over to God he now owns and uses us in ways that will bring glory to himself. As we have it in the verse we are now a “people for his own possession”. Our life and our actions no longer belong to us we must sacrifice all we are and all we have over to the cause of Christ, for all we have is a gift from God in the first place.
It is a sobering thought for myself when I spend so much of my day wasting time with things that bring no benefit or glory to God , wasting all his incredible gifts to me by sitting in the house. Rather than sacrificing my time for the Glory of God.
As we look at the rest of this verse we will see how we can give glory to God with our time and our actions.
The first part of this verse brings before us the utterly incomprehensible Love of God , the love that conquered over any obstacle of the Devil in order to save us poor and wretched sinners.
It also brings before us the need to live our life for God , bearing in mind we are now dead to the world but alive in Christ.
“So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 6 verse 11