Peter exhorts the believers to be like newborn babes, desiring God’s spiritual milk through which they would grow up into their salvation, seeing that they had tasted that the Lord is good. We have come to Christ, God’s chosen and precious Living Stone; we, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house to be God’s holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. We have the honor of resting on that foundation stone which God has laid in Zion, and since we believe in him we will never be put to shame.
We who cling to Christ are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession. We have been given the honor to proclaim the excellencies of God who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once we were not a people, but now, we belong to God. Once we had not received mercy, now we are forgiven. In this world we are the royal priesthood of God, called to represent him and his kingdom wherever he has placed us.
God’s high calling and destiny for his people Israel is now declared to be true regarding the Church in Jesus Christ. We who believe are now a chosen race, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, and a people of destiny in God.
Thank you, dear Father, for the riches and blessings of our salvation in Christ. All that you declared to be true concerning your covenant people you now declare about us, we who believe in Jesus Christ. What a wonder you are! We claim and accept it all, in his name. Give us wisdom and strength to represent you well today. Amen.
Weekly Reflection on the Priesthood of all Believers
Priests are people of praise and prayer. They are foremost worshippers of God. Praise is perhaps the most explicit behavior connected to our priestly identity in the New Testament because it is specially linked to 1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the Praises of him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
~ Scott Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work: A Theology and Practice for Ordinary Saints. Eugene OR: Resource Publications, 2017. p. 37.
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Breslin, Embracing Our Priestly Nature at Work