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WHAT WE ARE WHEN WE BELIEVE ON CHRIST
Part 1 of 2
Jesse M. Hendley
I Peter 2:7-9
It is a wonderful privilege to study God's Word
together, and I would like for you to turn with me now
to First Peter, chapter 2, verse 9, as we study WHAT
WE ARE WHEN WE BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
In First Peter 2:7, we find that for us who believe,
all the PRECIOUSNESS of the Lord Jesus Christ is put
to our account. Now here in verse 9, we read what that
preciousness is, and what we are, as we believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ and become members of the His
Church, of His body, of His flesh and bones.
I am reading from the Revised Version of 1901. "But ye
are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people for God's own possession, that ye may show
forth the excellencies of Him Who called you out of
darkness into His marvelous light." That is a
tremendous statement of God! How we praise God today
for the PRIVILEGE OF STUDYING HIS WORD!
"But ye are." Here we have the PRESENT honor and
standing of believers in the Lord. There are FOUR
THINGS that we ARE, In Christ. We are "an elect race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's
own possession." "YE ARE."
In the King James Version we read, "Ye are a chosen
generation." The Revised Version says, "Ye are an
ELECT RACE." That is an interesting thing. The word
"race" (or, as the King James Version says,
"generation") is the Greek word genos. It has
different meanings in the Word of God, some of them
are similar. First ,genos means "a family". Second,
"an offspring". Third, "a race or nation". Fourth, "a
kind or sort or class". The Revised Version here
translates it "race".
In various places in the New Testament, this word
gives us the thought of "race." For instance, "a
Syro-Phonecian by race." There is our word genos. Paul
speaks of "my nation", referring to the Jews, and he
uses the word genos. So this word refers to "a ...
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