A chosen generation
1 Peter 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1) Chosen Generation.
God had a purpose and plan for your life before the world began.
2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.
Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
2) Royal Priesthood.
Remember Leviticus priests were born priest. Praise The Lord we have been born again into a priesthood. Not just any priesthood a royal priesthood, for our Heavenly Father is the KIng of KIngs.
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
The veil’s been torn
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
We have direct access to Gods throne in prayer.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
As priests we have been given a temple to serve in, and we need to take care of it and use it to worship God in all we do with this temple. In what we say, think and do.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And just as a priest would give a sacrifice, our sacrifice today would be ourselves.
Willingly placing our desires, our wants on the alter of self denial.
Remember a living sacrifice holds the idea of willingly
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
We also need to praise His name with our lives
3) Holy Nation
Pure Nation, Morally blamless.
Romans 12:1 ...living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
God places much emphasis on holiness. Can I come to the place were I realize that living a holy life is the only life that is acceptable unto God? And even in that its simply our reasonable service!
God desires us to be holy, different set apart, for a purpose, for His purpose. God has a purpose for you. But We must realize that the only way to fulfill that purpose is to live holy
4) Peculiar People
Its okay to be different! Its okay to have a backbone too! Doing what right is not easy but going with the flow and giving into natural desires is.
Perhaps before we ever see a revival of holiness, repentance, or even just obedience, we need a revival of character and integrity first.
Vs.10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Lets be men and women of God who will dare to be different and make a difference.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
May Christ be praised.