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I have Value

Exodus 19:4–6 ESV
‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
Exodus 19:
Recap 1 Peter 2:1-8
1 Peter 2:9 ESV
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.
But you are a chosen race
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The things that once exclusively belonged to Israel - their election (chosen), priesthood, and calling, are now no longer the property of Israel alone. These are now the property of every Christian
Christians should be drastically different from the world.
1 Peter 2:1–7 ESV
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”
“But you are a chosen people.” Christians should be drastically different from the world. Christ taught the same thing in , he said you are the salt of the earth. You preserve the world from decay. You have tremendous value. He said you are the light of the world (v. 14). Among the people of the earth, there are a people who are radically different.The things that once exclusively belonged to Israel - their election (chosen), priesthood, and calling, are now no longer the property of Israel alone. These are now the property of every Christian
Christ taught the same thing in , he said you are the salt of the earth. You preserve the world from decay. You have tremendous value.
He said you are the light of the world (v. 14).
In the Old Testament, the monarchy and the priesthood were strictly separated. Priest came from the lineage of Aaron from the tribe of Levi. Only they could approach God at the temple; only they could offer the sacrifices. The rest of the Jews could not.
Thankful to be included in His choice.
Royal Priesthood
In the Old Testament, the monarchy and the priesthood were strictly separated.
Priest came from the lineage of Aaron from the tribe of Levi. Only they could approach God at the temple; only they could offer the sacrifices. The rest of the Jews could not.
Saul tried it - Uzziah tried it (Only one could be hight priest and King)
But under the New Covenant, there is no longer a priest who must come from a specific tribal line. The writer of Hebrews argues in that in the New Covenant, Christ, our high priest, comes from the “order of Melchizedek”, who was the former king and priest of Salem, whom Abraham paid tithes to (). This was something prophesied about the coming Messiah in . He would be a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, a kingly priest.
But under the New Covenant, there is no longer a priest who must come from a specific tribal line.
Christians being royal priests represent the fact that we have been united with Christ. We are his body, and whatever glory Christ receives we receive as well. calls us coheirswith Christ. It means we will reign with him eternally, and here on earth, our role is to draw men unto himself and to lead people in the worship of him as priests.
Christians being royal priests represent the fact that we have been united with Christ. We are his body, and whatever glory Christ receives we receive as well.
Holy Nation
This should stand out. Peter wants them to realize that they are different from the world because they know Christ.
Set apart by God for good works, to serve him and worship him.
Dedicated for services
(We have made holiness a religion)
James 1:27 ESV
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Are you staying unspotted, unpolluted from the world and the things of this world? Are you practicing a faith that helps and serves others, especially the less fortunate?
holy nation. They were set apart by God for good works, to serve him and worship him. In the same way, we have been chosen and set apart for good works. This separates us from the world. Look at what Paul said about believers:
A People For His Own Possession
Possession: Property
When did you become His property?
wonderful act., a manifestation of power, implying excellence
You have value for a reason!
“That you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Proclaim: to make known formally, officially, or explicitly.
wonderful act., a manifestation of power, implying excellence
Excellencies: wonderful act., a manifestation of power, implying excellence
“Of Him”
Called: call, summon, name (Summon: to call or notify to appear at a specified place)
1 Peter 2:10 ESV
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.
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