“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may declare the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness, into his marvelous light. 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.”
First Peter is one of the books that made me realize the NT writers refer to the OT in just about every sentence. These two verses are clear allusions to Exodus 19 and Hosea 2, though I wonder if our version of ‘allusion’ is not the apostles’ version of ‘quote’. Here is a brief outline of the first of two sermons I will deliver at Kailua Baptist Church as we all decide if I should be interim pastor there:
A Chosen, Royal, Holy Possession
Two roles to carry out that identity:
1. We are receivers of grace.
-Look at all the grace in this passage: we are chosen, royal, holy, possessed by God, pulled from darkness, now called the people of God, now received mercy.
2. We are proclaimers of grace.
-The reason God made us a chosen, royal, holy possession was so that we could proclaim his excellencies. O, that is the definition of evangelism! If you want to proclaim God’s excellencies, then preach Christ!
-Evangelism fulfills our role as a royal priesthood. Priests serve vertically and horizontally at the same time. The church proclaims God’s excellencies as a spiritual sacrifice (vertical) and proclaims them to the world for salvation (horizontal).