Thursday, February 20, 2014

1 Peter 2:1-10 - The Church is a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation · Steve Gregg




After speaking of young or immature Christians' need to grow through the Word of God, Peter explains that the Body of Christ is a holy nation, among other things, terms that were applied to Israel in the Old Testament.

1 Peter 2:1-10


New King James Version (NKJV)

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,[a] if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People


Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 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. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in ZionA chief cornerstone, elect, precious,And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”[b]
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,[c]
“The stone which the builders rejectedHas become the chief cornerstone,”[d]
and
“A stone of stumblingAnd a rock of offense.”[e]
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

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; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.


Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:2 NU-Text adds up to salvation.
  2. 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16
  3. 1 Peter 2:7 NU-Text reads to those who disbelieve.
  4. 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22
  5. 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14

New King James Version (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.