1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…
I. THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH IN ITS CHARACTERISTICS. A people for God's own possession. First, by acquirement — "He gave," etc.; second, by endearment — "He loved," etc.
II. THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH IN ITS MISSION. Here is its great purpose — "That." This throws us back on the thought in the word "elect" — chosen for what end, choice for what uses? The purpose is:
1. A great manifestation. "That ye may show forth." Tell out by word and deed some great message.
2. A great manifestation of the true greatness of God. "The excellencies of Him." The virtues, the glories of God; what
(1) a lofty theme;
(2) boundless theme;
(3) sacred theme.
3. A manifestation of the excellencies of God in blessing men. "Who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light." The Spirit of God calls from
(1) the darkness of ignorance;
(2) the darkness of guilt;
(3) the darkness of dread.The Spirit of God calls to
(a) the "marvellous light" of truth;
(b) the "marvellous light" of holiness;
(c) the "marvellous light" of love;
(d) the "marvellous light" of heaven.
III. THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH IN ITS PRESENT CONDITION AS CONTRASTED WITH THE PAST HISTORY OF ITS MEMBERS. "Which in times past" — the mention of this is to kindle gratitude, to inspire humility, to awaken watchfulness.
Parallel VersesKJV: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
WEB: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: