REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE! Studies in 1 Peter Christians are a spiritual temple. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens.
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Christians are a spiritual temple. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
Christians are a spiritual priesthood. I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1)
But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18) Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:15-16)
Christians are the “new Israel” of God. ‘Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.” (Exodus 19:5-6)
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. (Deuteronomy 7:6)
A chosen generation –Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, …who are chosen (1 Peter 1:1) A royal priesthood –and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:6)
–For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17) A holy nation –but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; (1 Peter 1:15)
A peculiar people –Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19- 20)
Recipients of God’s new covenant of grace. Yet the number of the sons of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered; And it will come about that, in the place where it is said to them, “You are not My people,” It will be said to them, “You are the sons of the living God.” (Hosea 1:10) “But I will have compassion on the house of Judah and deliver them by the Lord their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, battle, horses, or horsemen.” (Hosea 1:7)
What we receive from God! –for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:10) What we do for God! –But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (1 Peter 2:9)
Never be ashamed of who you are in Christ! What a privilege to be a Christian! You can't get anymore special than that!
How do we become a part of these people of God? We must recognize the precious value of Jesus. We must come to Him!