1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
Do you know who you are? Do you know what your purpose in life is? Many people find it difficult to keep sight of these things in their walk through this world. These verse remind us of who we are, what has happened to us, and what exactly is our purpose.
Once we become Christians, we become a chosen generation (genos eklekton). The Greek words actually mean a chosen or elect race. Peter takes the term form the Old Testament where God says the same things about Israel: Is. 43:20-21 “My people, my chosen. This people have I formed for myself.” The idea is that if a new race of people, a new species that differs entirely from the other races on the earth. God is actually creating a new race of people on earth. All colors, all nationalities, all races are being formed together into a new race by the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God is changing people inwardly, not outwardly – not facial features, skin tones, etc. God is changing our hearts, minds, and lives, changing us where it really matters. God is implanting His divine nature in believers.
We become a royal priesthood. To a person who has never given his or her life to Christ, God seems far off. There is no personal relationship and little, if any, fellowship and communion with God. God seems untouchable and unreachable. This is the reason people have always felt the need for a priest, a body of people who would dedicate their lives to God and who would carry the needs of men before God. This is the wonderful news of the gospel; when we receive Jesus as our Savior, God creates us into a royal priesthood. That is, he makes a royal priest out of each one of us. I love the scene in the movie, Anna and the King, where the smallest daughter becomes upset about something. She runs into the court to see her father. She runs past the advisors, the men and women waiting for an audience, the government leaders, and all the so called important people in the country and jumps into her father’s lap. And what does her father, the very important king, do? He stops everything and takes the time to listen to her, to care for her, to help her. So it is with our heavenly Father. Note the word royal.´ This means we are the priests of God Himself, who will rule and reign with Christ and who serve and worship God face to face. We are the priests who live and move and have our being in His presence.
Believers become a holy nation. Think about it! God is building a new nation of people. He’s drawing people from all over the world to become a new nation. Remember that holy(hagios) means separated, set apart, and different. We become a peculiar people (laos eis peripoiesin) The Greek means a people for God’s own possession (A.T. Robertson); the people to be His very own (Charles B. Williams); a people saved to be His won (William F. Beck).
What is our purpose? V. 9b – that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. The statement “that you may proclaim” (hopos exaggeilete) means to speak forth. The word praises (aretas) means virtues, excellencies, and the supreme and eminent qualities of God. Our purpose is to witness for God, to share the message of God. What’s the message? That he has called us out of darkness into His light – we are to proclaim the message of salvation. The message that we are now a people of God. We have entered the light of Christ. We have received mercy and have been forgiven. He has given us the privilege of becoming His royal priesthood, His holy nation, His peculiar people, but most of all HIS forever.