The People of God

Harry Buis

READ : 1 Peter 2:9-17

Notice again the corporate element in salvation; together we are God’s people. Let us be faithful to our local congregation as well as seek to relate to all Christians. Notice that this description of God’s people is taken from descriptions of God’s Old Testament people. The members of the church, both Jew and Gentile, replace the nation of Israel as God’s special people. All of the promises in the Old Testament are now addressed to us.

God has chosen us, therefore our goal must be to fulfill the purpose of that choice, that we “may declare the praises of him who called you” (v. 9). “The chief end of man is to glorify God.” To glorify is to show publicly how great God is. Our faith must begin in our hearts, but it must express itself in public.

This is made more concrete beginning at verse 11. We are to say “No” to our sinful desires. We are to have such a wonderful quality to our lives that our unbelieving neighbors will be impressed, not with us but with the God we serve. We are to do good deeds. We are not saved by works, but we are saved that we may do good works. Good works are above all deeds of kindness. Peter isn’t hesitant. He says, “I urge you” (v. 11).

PRAYER

Father, we thank You for choosing us to be Your people. Help us, by deeds of kindness, to show how great You are. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Father, we thank You for choosing us to be Your people. Help us, by deeds of kindness, to show how great You