by Nelson Price

I PETER 2: 9, 10
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JESUS CHRIST has called us unto Himself. This high and holy
calling is expanded upon in I Peter 2: 9, 10. To understand our
role let's review this inspired description of believers.
God in HIs Word calls us "His own special people" (I Peter: 9b).
What a compliment!
The word translated people is "ethnos." It is used 143 times in
the Greek New Testament and four times in this text. As used
here it describes a special relationship between God and
believers. It implies the idea of belonging.
The early church spoke with pride of itself as "a people for
Himself" (Acts 15: 14).
Paul reminds us of a beautiful fact in Romans 9: 25 by quoting
Hosea 2: 23: "I will call them My people, who were not My
people, and her beloved, who was not beloved."
In the very next verse Paul quotes from Hosea 1: 10: "And it
shall come to pass in the place where it was said of them, 'You
are not My people.' There they shall be called the sons of the
living God."
It is a wonderful feeling when you have been overseas and return
home to be among people with whom you belong.
Now note the characteristics of "His people."

I. A C H O S E N G E N E R A T I O N
"You" in the Greek is emphatic meaning "but as for you."
"Generation" is a reference to a body with a common life and
Being chosen is with purpose:
1. It is a privilege. It offers a new intimate relationship
with the Father. This privilege is born of salvation. Salvation
through Christ's blood is sufficient for all BUT it is efficient
only for those who trust ...

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