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Celebrating the Israel of God

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Praising God for our merciful inclusion in His marvelous Light!

Text: 1Pet. 2:9-10
Date: 09/15/2019, the Evening service.
Series: "Peter's Epistles: The Sojourners Handbook" Part 11

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After establishing belief in Jesus as the pivotal determinant of redemption, Peter turns his focus back to extolling God for those who do believe. He continues to make effective use of the Old Testament Scriptures as he defines the glorious nature of the new covenant; using the imagery of Israel and the wilderness years to aptly describe the relationship his readers have with God through Christ. In the process, he not only identifies the nation and race that has been created through Christ, but celebrates the new Israel of God of which belief in Jesus is the determining factor. We will analyze each of the marvelous statements he makes and end with our own celebration of the Light that has rescued us from the darkness and transformed all those who truly believe into the New Covenant's Israel of God.

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I. Introduction, Gal. 6:15-16.
II. Exposition of the text, 1Pet. 2:9-10.
A. Context
B. The joy of being "God's people".
1. Establishing some background principles.
a. The Israel of God, Ex. 19:5-6, Deut. 7:6.
b. The wilderness motif, Deut. 4:20.
2. Describing the Israel of God, vs. 9.
a. A chosen race.
i. Sovereignly chosen by God, 1Pet. 1:1, John 15:16,19, Isa. 43:20-21.
ii. A new race, John 10:16.
b. A royal priesthood, 1Pet. 2:5.
i. The preeminence of Christ.
ii. A priest after the order of Melchizedek.
• Priest or King?
• Abraham and Melchizedek, Gen. 14:18.
c. A holy nation, Ex. 19:6, 1Cor. 6:19-20.
d. The sacrifice of praise, Isa. 43:21.
e. Out of darkness, light.
i. An instantaneous righteousness, Col. 1:13.
ii. An alien righteousness, John 1:9-12.
iii. Focus on the Light.
• It is God's Light, John 6:44, 1Pet. 1:2.
• It is a marvelous Light.
3. A redeemed people, vs. 20.
a. A new people, Hos. 1:9-10, Rom. 9:24-26.
b. A new mercy, Hos. 1:6, 2:21,23.
4. Summary
III. Application
A. Marvelous because of our former darkness.
B. Marvelous because of its origin, 1John 1:5, 1Tim. 6:16.
C. Marvelous because of its excellence over all other light.
D. Marvelous because of what it reveals, 1Cor. 2:14.
E. Marvelous because of what it produces.
F. Marvelous because it will never go out.
IV. Conclusion

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