People Purchased for Gospel Proclamation
These honorary titles come from Exodus 19, when God constituted Israel as a nation, and Isaiah 43, when God promised to reestablish Israel after the exile. These are foundational statements about Israel. By applying them to his church, Peter tells Gentiles that the privileges of Israel are now theirs. They may be aliens and exiles, cast out and rejected by their former people, but God has taken them in.
I. Who you are as the Church.
a. Chosen race
11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!
13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness.
b. Royal priesthood
c. Holy nation
d. People for His own possession
II. What you are to do.
a. Proclaim the excellencies of Him.
III. Why you are to do it.
a. You were called out of darkness into His marvelous light.
b. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people.
c. Once you had not recieved mercy, but now you have recieved mercy.
Yes, I think no exercise will be more profitable by way of expressing our gratitude than remembering what we used to be before the hand of God was laid upon us in love. If all of us did not run to an excess of riot in our outward lives, yet some of us did, and others who were kept from gross outward sins had nevertheless a very sink of corruption within our nature.