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.1 Peter 2:9(ESV)
What an astonishing revelation is contained within this simple yet profound verse of Scripture. As members of the body of Christ it reveals to us one of the many precious privileges that has become ours in Christ - that we are: a chosen race and a royal priesthood. We have been made a holy nation and a special people who have become God’s own precious possession.
God has selected you and me out of all the people groups of the world for a very special reason, and we have been anointed with the oil of gladness to serve as His representative to all that we meet. We have been selected, called, chosen, consecrated and set apart for a very particular purpose: that we may proclaim the excellences of Him, Who called us out of darkness into His marvellous light.
As we journey through this life of pain and sorrow we are to proclaim to the world, in thought, word, action, attitude and motive, the excellent glories of our heavenly Father, Who redeemed us from the darkness of sin and death - into the glories of His life and light, in Christ.
Unlike Israel, we are not a chosen race of earthly people, but a body of believers, that has been called out of every nation and language and people and tribes - to be His holy, heavenly people with a celestial citizenship - and we were set apart by grace through faith in Christ our Saviour, before the foundation of the world.
We were also chosen to be a royal priesthood for our God, so that we could sing out the praises of His name, to those who are lost in their trespasses and sins. We have been called to share forth the good news of the glorious gospel of grace with a lost and dying world - for God in His omniscience, knew who would accept His gracious offer of salvation, by faith.
How we praise His holy Name, for we who were once dead in our sins and shrouded in the thick, blackness of sin, have been called out of darkness into His wonderful light – so that we might proclaim to all with whom we come in contact, the excellences of our heavenly Father and the grace of kinsman Redeemer - Who loved us so much that He was prepared to go to the cross for our sake, so that our sins could be forgiven, and we could exhibit the glories of His grace, not only in this world but also in the ages to come.
Thank You Father for including me as one of Your chosen servants. Enable me, in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of the Lord Jesus to be a good and faithful witness to You in my earthly walk. May You be glorified and exulted in my life - and in all I say and do, I pray that I may sing forth eternal praises and glory, for Your great goodness and love, from this day forward and for evermore. AMEN.