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1 Peter 2:9-10 – Christian Identity and Purpose

Summary

A list of key Old Testament terms, long used to describe the people of Israel, now applies to Gentile converts to Christianity.

Analysis

For Christians in non-Christian societies, facing hostility and rather unfamiliar with the two-thousand-year heritage from which Christianity emerged, this declaration must have been amazing. The passage applies ancient descriptive names to Gentiles. They now are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people; they too have been called into the service of God to proclaim the mighty, saving acts of this one who called them. These same words still apply to us, for we too have received mercy.

1 Peter 2:9-10

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,* in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
   but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
   but now you have received mercy.

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