A Royal Priesthood
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
A chosen generation—
A royal priesthood—
A holy nation—
His own special people—
What a glorious inheritance we have received in our salvation! Upon accepting Christ as our Savior, we were adopted into the family of God. We became Sons and Daughters of God, brothers and sisters in Christ.
Belonging to a family comes with both joys and responsibilities. Being part of God’s family is no different.
A chosen generation: God offered the ultimate sacrifice in the death and resurrection of his Son to call us to Himself. Those of us who heed that call are chosen. We are chosen to be part of the family, and we are also chosen to serve Him in a way worthy of our calling.
A royal priesthood: When we accepted Christ as our Savior, we were gifted with the presence of the Holy Spirit inside of us, speaking to us on spiritual matters. As a result, we are changed, not just internally, but on the outside as well. We lead by example. In the rest of the book of 1 Peter, Peter shows us how Christians are to live, talking about such matters as submission to those placed over us and suffering for God’s glory.
A holy nation: What is a nation, but a unity of people under the same governing body. In our case, we are believers united in Christ under God’s protection. And, as with any nation, we are all unique individuals who must work together to ensure the nation runs smoothly. God sets us each aside for His specific use.
His own special people: Once we were lost, and now have been found. Adopted into the holy family of God. Verse 10 says that once were not a people, but now we are part of God’s people; once we did not know mercy, and now we do. God’s mercy. We are human—sinners in need of redemption—and God showed us mercy. Praise be to the Father!
The list of joys and responsibilities could go on and on outside of these verses. However, we know that ultimately “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Eternal life in the family of God, at home in Heaven.
Today is the first day of May. As we go throughout this month, let us consider how our words and actions reflect both the joys and responsibilities of being adopted into God’s family.