"WHAT IT MEANS TO BE THE PEOPLE OF GOD"
1 Peter 2:9-12
January 5, 1991
This evening we are going to conclude the first section of
the book of I Peter. We have called this section, "The Power
of Salvation", and the section began in 1:1 and concludes in
The privileges and responsibilities of church membership.
Tonight, I want to talk to you about "What It Means To
Be The People Of God." There are privileges that belong
to God's people. There are also responsibilities to being
the people of God. Listen, if you are saved and know Jesus
in a personal way . . . you are the people of God!
I. THE PRIVILEGES OF BEING THE PEOPLE OF GOD. (v.
The focus in this passage is the church, the people of
God. Peter is taking the privileges and responsibiilities
of Israel in the Old Testamt-ent and transferring them
to the church in the New Testament. (The People of
God) There are four privileges you have experienced
and will continue to experience as the people of God:
1. You experience grace. (v. 9)
"But you are a chosen race" - The sovereign
act of the grace of God. You were chosen by God.
(1:1) You were not chosen on ability or conduct,
but by an act of grace.
2. You experience prayer. (v. 9)
In keeping with the context look at verse 5. We
know God when using priesthood is talking about
the duties of the Old Testament priests which were
to represent the people of God before God.
In Revelation 1:6 the Bible says, "and He has made
us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father;
to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and
3. You experience sanctification. (v. 9)
"a holy nation" - set apart for God. This is what
it means to be continually saved. It means you are
continually set apart to live for God.
4. You experience God's ownership. (v. 9)
"a people for God's own possession" - set aside
to belong only to God and live by His ways. In Old
Testament it was Israel and in the ...
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