Friday in the Seventh Week of Ordinary Time

1 Peter 2:9

Our New Lofty Titles

Everyone likes to receive a promotion—you know, a move from a lower status to that which is higher.  Well in this short passage, we see, and should be amazed with, the promotion that God has provided His people.  Please note the descriptions: A chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for His own possession. 

“Chosen race” speaks to our Lord’s choosing of us and not vise-versa.  As we have noted, God desires, and so will have, His very own people.  To have this people, He must choose them out of the lot that are born, for none born of women will choose Him.  This is what it means to be born in sin with a sin nature.  We may see noble pagans in ancient literature, and might even know a few ourselves.  But none come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ on their own; this is the work of the Spirit pointing to the Son who points to the Father. 

“Royal priesthood” speaks to that work to which we are set apart.  A priest is one who goes before God on behalf of others and offers prayers (intercedes) for them.  Christians are priests on behalf of one another and on behalf of the world.  To sum, we have been set apart unto God for the world’s sake.  And we are “royal” because we are in the service of the King of kings.  We are His ambassadors to the petty tyrants of this world. 

“Holy nation” speaks to our new nationality.  We must understand that through our calling we have been set apart unto a heavenly citizenship.  This does not mean that we are not citizens of the nation to which we belong but that our citizenship in the Kingdom of God is of first concern.  We also recognize that we are not mere individuals but a holy people who belong to one another.  We have brothers and sisters in Christ on the other side of the planet and they are our fellow-citizens in this Kingdom; moreover, we even have brethren from other times as well as other places.  The Kingdom to which we belong is universal like no earthly realm ever could pretend to be.

We will speak more about this tomorrow.  Suffice it to say now that we have been privileged above anything we could ever ask or think.  We have not only been chosen and set apart unto God (as if that were not enough) but have been made priests in royal service and citizens of a nation that transcends time and space.  In short, we have been transferred from earth to heaven.  Now that’s a promotion!

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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