Royal and Peculiar
Preaching this with the idea of seeing ourselves as royal and peculiar (check out the word meaning) as a means of proclaiming praises to God.
I Peter 2:9-12 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special (peculiar) people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
I. Royal and Peculiar
First Peculiar which is translated special in our text: it’s a Greek words that points to something that has been acquired or purchased. To the say the least we are a peculiar people in the eyes of God and the world.
Acts 20:28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. (God’s blood?)
Gal 3-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse ,
plus, a little bit of blessing of Abraham transferred to the church.
Rev 5:9-10 And they sang a new song, saying: …,10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
We have been purchased with the blood of Christ for an eternal purpose. We are a royal priesthood and we shall reign on the earth with Christ.
Rev 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. … but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
II. Proclaiming the praises
So much of our worship is captured in the lives we live. Let’s just keep this in context. We proclaim the praises of God who has redeemed us by remembering that we are different from most people. We are a peculiar kind of royalty walking the earth carrying with us the knowledge of a future time where our royalty in Christ will be recognized.
Ps 118:22-24 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
We can be gracious to others knowing what our future is in Christ.
Titus 2:14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
III. Why does God care about our zeal for living life with good works?
Ps 39:12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord, … For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Back to our text:
1 Peter 2:11-12 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
The idea is that how we live and interact with others is important in the light of God’s personal visitation that will touch everyone’s life that we know. When that visitation from God comes and they wrestle with their decisions about eternity, will be a positive or a negative as they make their decision.
Its all about who we are in Christ and whether we know it or not.
1 Peter 2:4-8 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” 7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.”