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WHAT WE ARE WHEN WE BELIEVE ON CHRIST
Part 2 of 2
Jesse M. Hendley
First Peter 2:9
We are continuing in First Peter 2:9 about what we are
to God. "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."
You notice that in this passage the people of God are
called "a people for God's own possessions." The King
James Version translates this "a peculiar people."
But literally, the Revised Version has it better. "A
people for God's own possession." The word for "God"
is in italics in the Revised Version, meaning that it
is not literally in the text, and thus reads, "A
people . . . for possession." It means of course, for
GOD'S possession. So the revisers have correctly
inserted the word God, putting it in italics so we
might know it was not actually in the text. That is
why I like the Revised Version of 1901. It gives us
the literal translation. The New 1952 Version
belittles this Version because it is "too literal!"
Friends, we cannot be too literal as to what Jesus
said, the apostles said, the prophets said. I am
afraid of any translation that is an interpretation
instead of a translation from one language into
another. So I am using the Revised Version of 1901.
"A people of God's own possession." A PEOPLE. We read
before that we are a "race, a priesthood, and a
nation." Now we are called "a people." Remember these
are statements referring to the church, all believers
in Christ. The Greek word for people, Laos, is used of
people "assembled together," or "an assembly of
people." Also it means those of the same race and
language, bound together by ties of language. Laos is
joined with glosa, "tongue," with phileo, "a tribe,"
and with ethnos, "nation," so we have the sense of an
assembly of people of a tongue, tribe or nation. It is
used of ...
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