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. (1 Peter 2:9)
What It Means To Be A Christian
The death of Jesus Christ gave all men the hope of eternal life. Through His death, Jesus established a covenant between the Father and His disciples that would bear His name. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch of Syria. Found only three times in scripture, the name Christian is synonymous with the character of those who seek eternal life in Christ. This name describes the relationship of those who belong to Christ and follow His teaching. A disciple is one who follows the teaching of another and as disciples of Christ; individuals adhere to the word of God. The apostle Peter further illuminates the character of the disciple of Christ by four distinct and descriptive terms. He adds to the illustration of the covenant between the Father and His children. It is also suggested in these terms responsibility to be called by the name of Christ.
A chosen generation is not just any generation. These are people that are elected by the grace of God to be persons of His love, mercy, compassion, forgiveness and divine character. Like Abraham and Israel of old, Christian’s are chosen for the glory of the Father receiving His blessings through the blood of Jesus Christ. God knows the name of those who call Him Father. He is aware of their needs, the sorrows, their trials, and their pains. The chosen generation of the Lord is special as those who stand in the might of His presence. Separated from the world, the disciple of Christ is blessed with all spiritual blessings in the Son. This relationship builds trust and hope in the soul of the Christian because they know that in their failings, a compassionate and forgiving God knows that His children are chosen and a generation of godly people.
Every Christian is part of a royal priesthood. Under the Law of Moses, only the men of the Aaronic lineage could serve as priest before the Lord. The tribe of Levi is where all the priests would come and no matter if a person desired to serve as a priest or high priest, if they were not from the tribe of Levi, they were forbidden to serve. In Christ, all become part of a royal priesthood serving the Lord with the sacrifices of praise, glory, and honor. When a person becomes a Christian, they immediately are ushered into the temple of the Lord as a priest to offer sacrifices and present offerings of thanksgiving to the Lord. Their garments of holiness make them distinctive from the world. The hearts and minds of the royal priesthood dwell on the love of God and His immeasurable grace. Through Christ, all priests can now enter the Holy place that once was forbidden. A royal priesthood is special as the Christian is set apart to serve the Lord.
As a holy nation, the Christian is part of a multitude that spans the globe of hearts who serve the Lord in simplicity and dedication of truth. The nation of God is not confined to the borders of a country. All those who call upon the name of the Lord are members of the same nation of holy people serving the same King, following the same law and serving the same purpose. United in the blood of Christ, the Christian is part of a generational nation that has been marching across the world since the Day of Pentecost. No matter the color of skin, language, nationality, culture or gender; all men are one under the banner of the King of King and Lord of Lords who leads His army before the nation of God’s people. Christian’s are warriors who fight for the cause of righteousness in the nation of God. Holy men and women fill the ranks of citizens of the nation of the Lord. The purpose of the nation of the Lord is to fill the earth with the message of salvation found only in the Lord they serve. There is no greater nation that has ever marched, no greater people that have ever lived and no greater purpose than those who are part of the holy nation of God.
The Christian is a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. This makes them special in the eyes of the Lord. The King James Version uses the idea of being a ‘peculiar people.” Other translations express how Christians are God’s own possessions, and a people to be His very own. What a powerful testimony to the love of God. In all the expanse of the universe with its billions of stars and planets, the Creator has looked down upon the blue dot in the midst of a dark expanse calling His people a special people fitted for His glory. Bearing the name of Christ is an incredible gift that should never be taken lightly. Knowing the mind of God dwells on the people that are His own special, chosen, royal, and holy family is the eternal meaning of love through the gift of Jesus Christ. A Christian is called by the name of the Father.
What reason can there be that a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people who belong to God would not proclaim the praises of Him who called them out of darkness into His marvelous light? There should never be a day that goes by that thankful hearts are not expressing to the Father the gratitude to be chosen, royal, holy and special. The joy of knowing how much God loves His children should express itself in daily praise. Glory be to the Father who thinks so much of His children. When the name Christian crosses the lips of the child of God, may the heart reflect upon what it means to be in covenant with the Lord God. I am a Christian. Thank God.