By David Cook
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1 Peter 2:9 NASB
Sometimes the lines seem to blur between living in reality and living ones dreams. Is it possible for the King of the Universe to give you storybook realities that exceed your dreams while you’re chasing down today, tomorrow and forever?
Brooke Fraser touches on some of these themes in her song “Kings & Queens”.
In the Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis presents a fantasy world were average young citizens of England with childlike faith enter into another world where they find that they are in fact, prophetic royalty that have come to play a strategic role in the fight against evil. They relate to and eventually find themselves in a relationship with a Lion named Aslan who is a benevolent and mighty King of the realm of Narnia.
The Biblical narrative presents similar realities for followers of Messiah Yeshua who is Himself the KING of kings and LORD of lords. The Apostle Peter spent over three years with His Majesty here on earth before Yeshua offered His life as a sacrifice for our sins. Peter was a disciple of the Messiah who will rule the earth as the KING of kings when He returns to set up His millennial kingdom on earth.
What did Peter want believers in Messiah Yeshua to understand about their identity?
1. A member of a chosen race.
2. A member of a royal priesthood.
3. A member of a holy nation.
4. A member of God’s People.
Why did God do this?
“so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him
who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”
1 Peter 2:9 NASB
Peter wanted God’s people to understand who they are. Their real identity, not just for time on earth; but their identity during the millennial reign of King Messiah on earth and throughout all eternity.
Let’s read this scripture in 1 Peter chapter two in context with the whole chapter and discover practical Christian living counsel that Peter gives for living this new life in Christ here and now. In the comments below I’d be interested to know any insights you see for believers in Yeshua on how to live in this present reality on earth.
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. 1 Peter 2:21-25 NASB
Honor all people, love the brotherhood,
fear God, honor the king.
– the Apostle Peter
1 Peter 2:17 NASB