GET TOGETHER- THIS IS WHO HE MADE YOU
1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (NKJV)
First of all, I would like to be sure that the Lord gets all the glory for what I believe that He would have me to write about today. Before we come to Christ no matter what the world may think of us, we are sinners that are lost and have no hope for the future. It doesn’t matter whether we may have been materially rich, materially poor, successful in the world’s eyes, or unsuccessful in the world’s eyes. We were all lost. The Bible tells us in Ro 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (NKJV) And the Bible tells us what the future of the lost sinner is in Ro 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NKJV) But did you also notice in that last passage that there is a gift there for the repentant sinner. It is eternal life. Eternal life begins the moment a person repents of their sin and calls on the name of the Lord to be saved. And eternal life is not only now, but it is forever.
As we live eternal life here on earth, we get a new identity. As Peter writes about, we are now a royal priesthood. Jesus paid the price on the cross at Calvary for us to get that new identity: Eph 2:13” But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (NKJV) In the Old Testament Israel was called to be a nation of priests and a holy nation. Ex 19:6 ‘And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel. As New Covenant people we are serving is His Kingdom as priests. We are told this in “Re 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (NKJV)
We are a chosen generation. What an honor that God has chosen us to serve Him. When He chooses us, we want to answer Him by saying yes Lord I will serve You. The Greek term for royal here is basileios. It means to be kingly in nature. As God’s priests called to a holy priesthood, He has given us spiritual authority in the spheres that He calls us to serve Him in. We have victory over sin, the devil, and the world. God has called us to serve Him. That means in our families, schools, workplace, all areas of ministry, and again where ever we may be. We serve Him and walk in the authority that He has bestowed upon us.
As priests we are called to offer spiritual sacrifices to God: 1Pe 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NKJV) We do this through prayer. In our private prayer time. In our time praying with others, and as we go throughout the day. We are told in Eph 6:18” praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” The Apostle Paul tells us in 1Th 5:17 “pray without ceasing.” We also do this through worship when we sing His praise and worship Him for who He is.
In our new identity the unholy has been made holy. The Greek term for holy is hagios, hag’-ee-os. It means consecrated, pure morally blameless. We have been made holy by Jesus death and resurrection. God is imparting holiness to us as we grow in Christ. We experience transformation in those areas of our life that are not reflective of Jesus Christ. God is lovingly and gently at work in those areas of our lives bringing transformation. The Apostle Paul wrote about this in Ro 12:1,2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Now others can see that new identity in us. Others will be able to see what happened to us when we were born again! Others will see that we now have a new identity! After all, after we come to Christ we are a new creation as the Apostle Paul wrote in 2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” And as His priests we use our new identity to offer Jesus Christ to a lost and hurting world that needs Him so bad.
Child of God don’t let the devil convince you that you are a nobody. Don’t let the devil convince you that you are not significant. If you are born again you have been given a new identity that was bought with a very high price. Rejoice that in your new identity as a royal priest, and as a citizen of a holy nation that Jesus has done something for us that we could never do for ourselves!
Let us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that You have given us a new identity. We thank You that we are not who we use to be. We thank you that You have entrusted us as Your representatives on this earth with a holy calling. Today we pray that you will help us to continually grow in Christ in such a way that others see that new identity in us and desire to have one too.
In Jesus Name
Love you all!