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A Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood

June 28, 2014

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A Chosen Race,  a Royal Priesthood

The world  doesn’t think so,  but all God’s true children  —  those who honestly  have faith  in Christ Jesus  —  are an especially  chosen  people,  and  a royal priesthood.     They often  don’t look special  or  chosen  because they might be mechanics,  mothers,  or factory workers  —  just ordinary people.     But,  they are very special  in God’s eyes  because when they heard  the gospel  of God’s word,  they sincerely believed  all of it,  just as the Bible lays it out.

When the apostle Peter  wrote  to Christians,  he said  to these ordinary people  in 1 Peter 2:9-10,

But you are a chosen race,  a royal priesthood,  a holy nation,  a people for God’s own possession,  that you may proclaim the excellencies  of Him  who has called you out of darkness  into His marvelous light;  for you once  were not a people,  but now  you are the people  of God;  you had not  received mercy,  but now  you have received mercy.

It is seeing  and accepting  God’s word  that makes us  “a people  for God’s own possession”.     Christians  easily enough accept  the idea  of being  a chosen race  because they realize  the blessedness  of knowing God’s love  for them.     But,  Peter’s claim  that we are  “a royal priesthood”  might throw one  for a loop.     We’re just ordinary,  working people.     How can we all  be called  “a royal priesthood”?

Peter had explained  in 1 Peter 2:5  that we,

…….offer up  spiritual sacrifices  acceptable to God  through Jesus Christ.

“Spiritual sacrifices”  are not  the same  as the sacrifices  the Jewish priests made  for the people.     The Old Testament priests offered up bulls,  goats,  sheep  and other external sacrifices  that the people presented.     But,  Christians are special people  —  “a chosen race,  a royal priesthood”.     We no longer need  to go through a priest  and offer up an animal sacrifice  to receive the forgiveness  of our sins.     Why?

Christ Jesus  was sacrificed  “once for all,  the just for the unjust”.   (1 Peter 3:18)     Now,  we all have  a straight access  to God Almighty.     We don’t have to go through an earthly priest  of any sort.     As God’s  “royal priesthood”,  we ourselves  “offer up spiritual sacrifices  acceptable to God  through Jesus Christ”.     What sort of  “spiritual sacrifices”  do we offer?

When we’re experiencing trials  and tribulations  of any sort,  we offer up  the sacrifices  of praise,  thanksgiving,  and a sincere faith.

When we don’t know where  to turn,  we offer up  the faithful prayers  of trust  and honor.

When we experience success  in some area,  we don’t wrongly boast  about ourselves,  but honestly glorify  our Lord  for His gifts  of grace.

“Spiritual sacrifices”  honor God our Savior  in every circumstance  and aspect  of our daily lives.     “Spiritual sacrifices”  don’t look  to the powers  and things  of this world  for their help  —  but always look  to the LORD,  our God  and Savior,  for His power  to help.     As God’s  “royal priesthood”,  we trust  that God will always  work things  for our good  in the end.     That’s why  we sacrificially  praise God  in the midst  of our troubles.     It might be hard,  but it’s good  and right.

In service  to our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  let our lives  always serve You only.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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