Devotional Thought for Today – 07/15/21

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Daily Devotional – Christian Uniqueness

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1 Peter 2:9

 

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; (NKJV)

 

Mas vosotros sois linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, nación santa, pueblo adquirido por Dios, para que anunciéis las virtudes de aquel que os llamó de las tinieblas a su luz admirable; (RVR 1960)

 

How unique are Christians, well it all starts with a “unique” or “distinctive” God. Isaiah 45:5-6 says I am the Lord, and there is no other a theme seen previously in Isaiah 43:11 and repeated in Isaiah 45:21-22. 

This of course would be fodder for the naysayers if it were only found in the Old Testament (they choose to ignore (2 Timothy 3:16)). Of course there are many N.T. scriptures like; Mark 12:29-34, Romans 3:30, Ephesians 4:6, James 2:19, all of which point to the same thing. They declare the God of the bible, the one true God, unique among all gods. 

Man’s uniqueness began at the beginning Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created  them. Not only did God create individuals He created them very well; Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Of course we all know how that ended with man abusing his uniqueness and being banished from the Garden. His punishment was that sin nature and death have been passed on from generation to generation. 

Yet God still imparts a uniqueness in His chosen believers. Some verses that show us this include:  Psalm 139:14, Matthew 10:30 and Ephesians 2:10 to name a few. This leads us (finally 🙂 ) to our main text for today, so let us break it down: 

CONTEXT: Even though today we are more topical it is important to get context. Peter is describing the “unique” relationship of God’s people. First v.1 having an inheritance through the Blood of Christ is unique among all the religions of the world. Then in v.2-8 being chosen by God to serve Him not as slaves but as willing servants of a loving gracious God is also unique among world religions. . 

But you are a chosen generation: Peter is most likely referring to Isaiah 43:20 here using a implying that just as the Jews of the O.T. were God’s chosen people; so to with the Blood of Christ all whom God chooses are now adopted sons and daughters. Chosen by God as each generation passes. 

a royal priesthood: Again Peter refers to the O.T. this time Exodus 19:6 were God tells the nation of Israel you shall be to me a kingdom of priests… There is a dual meaning here also, as the sacrificial system where only the Levitical Priests could enter the temple and make sacrifices for peoples sins has been done away with at Calvary. So each of God’s chosen people is a “royal priest” unto themselves. That is we can make sacrifices, repent, of our sins without having a human mediator.    

a holy nation: Again referring to Exodus 19:6 this time calling for Israel to separate themselves from other sinful nations. The “Church” today is called to do the same, yet I am convinced it has (in far to many instances) forgotten this mandate. Instead of separating itself from the sins of the world it invites the world into the church all in the name of numbers, being open and affirming and other non-biblical actions.

His own special people: In Exodus 19:5 God calls the people of Israel  a “peculiar treasure” (KJV) or “my treasured possession” (ESV) among all peoples. God’s elect His chosen people are unique among all the people of the earth. While everyone shares in God’s common grace it is only God’s elect that share in the unique benefits of His Irresistible Grace

that you may proclaim the praises of Him:  The Baptist Catechism answers the question as to why God created and chose a special or unique people. It reads: Question 2: What is the chief end of man? Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. Scripture1 Corinthians 10:31Psalm 16:1137:473:25-26Isaiah43:7. Comment: “Glorify” does not mean make glorious. It means [to] reflect or display as glorious. Other words you could use for “end” are “goal” or “purpose”. God chose us for the purpose of proclaim{ing} the praises of Him. 

who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: I once had someone tell me that He (God) was pretty egotistic, demanding our praises.  I responded He saved me from the punishment of eternal damnation that all men (especially I ) deserve (for all men sin), I think that deserves His praises don’t you?

In closing God calls His elect out of the darkness of sin and despair into His marvelous light  of the sufficiency of His righteousness by the Blood of Christ. No other god, no other religion or no other way can make the same promise. That is what makes Christians Unique.