Jun. 8, 2015

God knows your name

Jesus Christ produces a Holy Nation and Chosen Generation”

1 Peter 2:9-10 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. NKJV


In Isaiah chapter 43:21 21 This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. NKJV

            The word chosen, means the one who is the object of choice, or of divine favor; worthy, selected with care of high-quality. (Dictionary page 196)

            In the book of Romans Chapter 11:17-24, there are numerous references to believers being, “the Vine grafted in”. This is in reference to the Gentile believers being shown the way of salvation that they could partake of God’s riches in His covenant blessing as the spiritual heirs of Abraham. (Gal 3:29)

            In Romans chapter 8:12-15 the apostle Paul says that if we live according to the flesh we will die, but if we live according to the spirit we put to death the deeds of the body. If we are led by the Spirit of God, we are the sons/daughters of God. We are not in the spirit of bondage but we cry out “Abba” Father, because we have received the Spirit of adoption.

            The word adoption means: to take by choice into a relationship, to take voluntarily as one’s own child, placing them as a son or daughter. As I understand this, the Holy Spirit illuminates our understanding and shows us that God adopted us and made us His children. Therefore, we as believers can come to Him (God) without fear or hesitation as our beloved Father. The apostle Paul tells us that we can call God, our Abba or Papa, daddy. This implies that we are in a relationship that is without fear or anxiety if we approach the throne of grace.

            Because we are “Born Again” according to John 3:3, we can come boldly to the throne of grace according to Hebrews 4:16 and our Abba-Daddy will hear us.

            Also, in Hebrews chapter 13:6, states that the Lord is the believer’s helper and that we should not fear man.

            In Romans chapter 8 there are four distinct titles given to the believer in Jesus Christ. This alludes to Sonship through the Holy Spirit. In chapter 8:14 believers are called “sons of God”. In verse 8:15, we are “adopted”, in verse 16; we are called “children of God” and in verse 17, we are called “heirs”. These are all very distinct titles and all denote Sonship.

To be a son or daughter; is to be a descendent or offspring that is closely associated with having the name and character of their father.(Dictionary page 1108)

 To be adopted: means to be taken into a relationship by choice, voluntarily as one’s own child and placing them in the position of a natural born child, an adopted child has the same rights, privileges, and inheritance as a natural born child .(Dictionary page 16)

 To be called a child: means that one is a born person between infancy and youth but is not of age. (Dictionary page 193)

 To be an heir: this word is a past tense of bereaved and as one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property, one who receives the property of the deceased person by operation of law or by virtue of will; one who inherits or is entitled to succeed to heredity right title or office; one who receives or is entitled to receive endowment or quality from a parent or predecessor. (Dictionary page 531)

     A generation, chosen from the beginning of the ages, to become what the Bible says we are to be; a righteous, holy generation of people who will become like Him in every aspect of their lives. These Believers have been called out of the darkness and corruption of this world into the marvelous light of God's Word to become His holy nation, a royal priesthood and a peculiar people.

The word peculiar in our day has the connotation of a bunch of odd balls, misfits, and ill advised. However, the word peculiar here is the Greek word PERIPOIESIS and means "purchased possession, preserved, one's own property." When we truly and absolutely come to Christ and die to the old Adamic nature, then and only then, do we become His purchased possession and preserved as His own property. As Paul wrote to the Romans:

"Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9b

            The apostle Peter speaks of the great difference between Christians and unbelievers, on account of their diverse and opposite relationship to Jesus Christ. Believers have Christ for their foundation, they come to Him as a living stone, a stone chosen of God, and precious; and they also as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house. The Christian church is the temple of God, and particular believers are the stones of which that temple is built. The stones of Solomon’s temple, which were polished and well fitted for their places in that building, were a type of believer. Christ is the foundation of this building, or the chief corner stone. (1 Peter 2:6 & Psalm 118:22) 

        On the contrary, to unbelievers, Christ, instead of being a foundation on which they rest and depend, is a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense. Instead of being a foundation to support them and keep them from falling, He is an occasion for their stumbling and falling because they will not believe.
      Unbelievers make no account or thought of Jesus, and they disallow Him. When they come to build, (their life) they cast this stone (Jesus) away as being of no use, not fit for a foundation, and not fit for a place in their building. 
Then according to His word, God has the Christians in mind how far otherwise God had dealt with them, than with those reprobates. They were a chosen generation. God had rejected the others in His eternal salvation because they reject His gift; but they themselves He had chosen from eternity. They were a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.
Though the world is a fallen world, yet it was the will of God still to have a portion in it, and therefore He chose out some and set them apart for Himself. (Psalm. 4:3)
     God’s portion is His people, and the descendents of Jacob are the lot of His inheritance. (Deuteronomy 32:9)

      Those who are God’s friends, His children, compose His treasure, are His in a very different manner. God has chosen the godly out of the rest of the world to be adopted by Him, to stand in the relation of children, to have an inheritance in Him, that they might not only be His people, but that He might be their God.  (John 15:15-16).

            He has chosen these to bestow Himself upon them. He has chosen them from among others to be gracious to them, to show them His favor. He has chosen them to enjoy Him, to see His glory, and to dwell with Him forever. (Malachi 3:17).

            Old Testament priests were chosen by God, not self-appointed; and they were chosen for a purpose: to serve God with their lives by offering up sacrifices. The priesthood served as a picture or "type" of the coming ministry of Jesus Christ a picture that was then no longer needed once His sacrifice on the cross was completed. When the thick temple veil that covered the doorway to the Holy of Holies was torn in two by God at the time of Christ's death (Matthew 27:51), God was indicating that the Old Testament priesthood was no longer necessary. Now people could come directly to God through the great High Priest, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16).

There is no need for an earthly mediator between God and man as it existed in the Old Testament priesthood (1 Timothy 2:5).
            Christ our High Priest has made one sacrifice for sin for all time (
Hebrews 10:12), and there is no more sacrifice for sin that can be made (Hebrews 10:26). In the  Old Covenant; priests once offered sacrifices in the temple, so it is clear from 1 Peter 2:5,9 that God has chosen Christians "to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 2:5-9 speaks of two aspects of the priesthood of the believer.

The first is that believers are privileged. To be chosen by God to be a priest was a privilege. All believers have been chosen by God: a "chosen generation His own special people" (verse 9). In the Old Testament tabernacle and temple, there were places where only the priests could go. Into the Holy of Holies, behind the veil, only the High Priest could go, and that only once a year on the Day of Atonement when he made a sin offering on behalf of all of the people. However, because of Jesus' death upon the cross of Calvary, all believers now have direct access to the throne of God through Jesus Christ our great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). What a privilege to be able to access the very throne of God directly, not through any earthly priest. When Christ returns and the New Jerusalem comes to earth (Revelation 21), believers will see God face-to-face and will serve Him there (Revelation 22:3-4) We who were once "not a people" and "without hope" destined for destruction because of our sin can now partake of the blessings through Christ.

     The second aspect of the believer's priesthood is that we are chosen for a purpose: to offer up spiritual sacrifices (Hebrews 13:15-16), and to proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.  We display this by both life (1 Peter 2:5; Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 2:10) and by word (1 Peter 2:9; 3:15), our purpose is to serve God. As the believer's body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), so God has called us to serve Him from our hearts by first of all offering our lives as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2).  One day we will be serving God in eternity; (Revelation 22:3-4), but not in any temple, for "the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple" (Revelation 21:22). As the Old Testament priesthood was to be free of defilement, as symbolized by being ceremonially clean, so has Christ made us holy positionally before the Father. He calls on us to live holy lives that we might also be a "holy priesthood" (1 Peter 2:5).
     1 Peter 2:9 translation of the “One new Man bible” states this: “ but you are a chosen race, a Royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people that has become God’s property, so that you would proclaim the manifestation of divine power of the One who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.  The church is now part of the Royal priesthood, a holy nation which had once been reserved for the children of Israel. (Exodus 19:6)        However, people who accepted Jesus as Messiah, or now adopted, chosen and grafted in to the vine.  (Romans 11:17)

     The Bible also states in Romans 1:16 that salvation is first for the Jew, then the Greek or Gentile. (Those who are not of Jewish descend.)

      Though the world is fallen and corrupted, and there is a curse brought upon them, God is able to draw men to Himself by His Holy Spirit. God has made all things for Himself, even the wicked for the day of evil. (Acts 3:19-21)

God does not choose men, because they are excellent, but He makes them excellent, because He has chosen them. It is not because God considers them as holy that He chooses them, but He chooses them that they might be holy, Eph. 1:4, 5, “According as He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love; having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” God does not choose them from the foresight of any respect or position; they will have towards Him more than others. God does not choose men and set his care upon them because they love  him, for he has first loved us, 1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins;” verse 19 (1 John. 4:19), “We love him, because he first loved us.”

     In 2 Timothy 1:9, it states that it is God who saves us for His good purpose. Salvation is by grace through faith Eph 2:8-9 and is the foundation for works.

     In Matthew 22:14 this verse in the new King James version states:  "For many are called, but few are chosen."  NKJV. Another version of this verse; “for many are invited but few are chosen”. (One New Man Bible). Upon further investigation of the Greek word chosen, (Strong’s 1588) and the Greek word called (Strong’s 2822) the word “called” is NT:2822  kletos (klay-tos') is translated “invited”.

   The interpretation of the specific verse is that a general call is extended to the whole world, John 3:16-19 many will hear it, but only a few will respond. (Matthew 7:14-27)