And people like who I used to be; someone who casually identified as a Christian when others asked, but was far from God. I was far from being a follower of Jesus Christ and anything less than this is not Christian
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
1st Peter 2:9 NIV
The Word tells you who you are.
We can hold onto what the world tells about who we are; what our job, our friends, parents or strangers say, but that just means that our identity changes when their opinions change.
Who you are is not subject to the opinions of others no matter if they think that you could be a distant cousin of Mother Theresa.
God tells us who we are.
His word tells you who you are. It is even written down in the Bible for you to constantly check when you are not spiritually mature or your spirit is down, or when you do not ‘feel’ God’s presence.
1st Peter 2:9 tells us some, but important truths of who we are in Christ.
Not who we are on a Sunday or during Bible Study or deeply engaged in Praise and Worship.
Not who we are when we are at work, at home, with different groups of friends, or by ourselves.
The Word tells us who we are period.
And 1st Peter 2:9 tells me that:
- I am royalty
- I am chosen by God
- I am holy
- I am special to God
Most importantly, I am a witness to His love because He brought me from darkness; from fulfilling sexual lusts without a care, from drinking without a care, from mental strongholds, from defeatism, from seeking validation in others by being who they wanted me to be AND act how they wanted me to act…and from so much more.
You are a royal priesthood.
We no longer need Levitical priests from the Old Testament or other present day priests to be mediators between God and ourselves. We no longer need human priests to access to God. Neither, do we need them to mediate the gift of forgiveness on our behalves or to transfer spiritual blessings from God to us.
Nope. There is no need for them.
Christians are priests. We are priests. You are a priest. I am a priest.
We have access to God through our High Priest, Jesus Christ. He is our Mediator. And even better for us, He lives in us, and His one sacrifice made it so that we have been made holy, eternally.
10 And by that will, we have been made holy [sanctified] through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God,
13 and since that time He waits for His enemies to be made his footstool.
Hebrews 10: 10-13 NIV
Who You Are in Christ
- But you are a chosen people, – You are specifically chosen by God (Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.)
- a royal priesthood, – during the Old Testament and even presently within other religions, priests serve are intermediaries – the middle man – between God and us. However, in the New Covenant, with Jesus Christ, we no longer need an in between ‘priest’ or middleman because we have direct access to God, due to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus has reconciled us to God. (2nd Corinthians 5: 18-19)
- a holy nation, – holy means ‘divinely set apart’ and we are set apart for God. We are devoted to God. We are set apart as Christians from unbelievers and people in this world because we declare as Christians that we are not our own, but God’s.
- God’s special possession, – You are special to God. So special that you are His to take care of. If as children we are taught to look after our possessions, how much more will God, who created each and every single one of us, look after us?
Do you see yourself as God’s to have and be taken care of by Him?
Do you let Him have control over your life and the things in it to be taken care of by Him in the first place?
- that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. – We are meant to openly testify / share of God’s goodness in that He saved us from a life without Him, which looks like an unfulfilled and unsatisfied life, which is why we come to Him in the first place.
So because of Jesus Christ we can come as we are, royal priests, to the throne OF GOD and receive mercy.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4: 16 NLT
When God looks at us, He sees the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
He sees Jesus.
14 For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy [sanctified].
Hebrews 10: 10-14 NIV
Jesus Christ’s sacrifice was perfectly accomplished, remains accomplished and in 2017, still accomplishes greatness in the lives of people who were once atheists. And people like who I used to be; someone who casually identified as a Christian when others asked, but was far from God. I was far from being a follower of Jesus Christ and anything less is this is not Christian
Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for you does not just cover your sins on Sundays. His sacrifice is even more important to believe in and hold onto when you indulge in a ‘secret’ sins on Friday, in anticipation for a ‘living for the weekend’, weekend.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,”
Colossians 2:13 NIV
God has forgiven ALL your sins; past, present and future.
He knows the sins you are going to commit before you can think of thinking about them because God is all knowing.
God is all knowing.
However, this is something many of us struggle to get our heads around. The struggle for me is that I still somehow try to wash off the stains of my sins from my entire being.
I try to get myself clean: to act clean and to think myself clean, before I come to God. As, I feel ashamed coming to God with all my dirt without even trying to make an effort to clean myself up a bit (even if it is just a tiny bit).
So when I read books like Joseph Prince’s Grace Revolution or listen to Grace teachings or most importantly, read scriptures like Colossians 2:13 that TELL ME in black and white, that the Almighty God, who has the power to forgive every single sin on this earth, has forgiven all of the sins that I accumulated in the past and will commit in the future.
So what do I do?
What do we do?
We first need to want to believe Colossians 2:13 for ourselves.
We need to want to be forgiven and walk forever in forgiveness.
If like me, the thought of envisioning yourself walking free, mentally and spiritually, without at least 10% of guilt or self-depreciating recognition of my faults, brings you to a grinding halt and you can’t imagine that even the worst of your sins are forgiven, then we both need this message.
Can you envision yourself walking and smiling with your head held high even among people who look they have it all? Even in the church there are people who just look like they have the forgiveness of God; a forgiving spirit towards others; the love of God; peace of mind; wisdom and spiritual gifts. They even look like their prayers can move mountains not only in their own lives, but also especially in the lives of others. Whereas, you would not be able to name all of Jesus’ disciples in the Bible or recite the Lord’s Prayer.
Could you honestly envision yourself walking around with your head held high among these people?
Even though you believe in the Word and know in your heart that Jesus Christ’s died on the Cross for you, and His sacrifice means that ALL your sins; past, present and future are all forgiven.
Jesus is saying that you have just as much right to hold your head high being confident in His sacrifice for you personally.
So despite how others’ may look, envision yourself right now walking about free from all the weight built up as a result of your past and present sin.
Probably even more controversial is that God declares and promises that ‘I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” – Jeremiah 31: 34
In Jeremiah 31, God promises a New Covenant with the people of Israel, which includes their descendants (us) where the fulfillment of this Covenant means that He will remember our trespasses no more.
This New Covenant was established through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
That is why Jesus’ sacrifice means more than what we currently think.
His sacrifice brings eternal forgiveness. Not a life where your sins are forgiven each time you remember to get on your knees before a priest and ask him to ask God if He will forgive you.
You are forgiven.
You are royalty
You are chosen by God.
I found this link to be very insightful on 1st Peter 2:9 specially being part of a royal priesthood.