"I AM A PERSONAL POSSESSION OF THE LIVING CHRIST."

“I AM A PERSONAL POSSESSION OF THE LIVING CHRIST.”
First Peter 2:9  Charles e Whisnant

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The Spiritual Benefit, Entitlement, Advantage, A Special Right, Immunity Granted, Available only to a Particular Group of People.  Which most  people cannot take advantage of. 

THE GREAT BLESSINGS WE HAVE OF BEING A CHRISTIAN BELIEVER IN CHRIST GRANTED BY  GOD BECASUE  OF THEIR POSITION IN CHIRST. First Peter 2:1-9

1A    Embracing with Christ      “Jesus the Chief Corner Stone.”
2A    Entrance to Christ:    “God’s Building A Spiritual House.”
3A    Protection in the Lord    “What Does It mean to be a Priest” & “How Are We To Function”
4A    Attachment to the Lord    “Building on a Chosen Foundation”, “The Preciousness of Christ,                     “A Stone of Offense,”
5A    Chosen By Our Lord:    “A Royal Priesthood”
6A    Ruling With the Lord    “Chosen By Our Lord”
7A    Separation to Our Lord    “A Spiritual Intimacy With Christ”
8A    Possession By the Lord    “A People For God’s Own Possession.”

Vs. 9   “A PECULIAR PEOPLE’ :9  But you are A CHOSEN RACE, a royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION,  A PECULIAR 

People of God’s own possession: Exodus 19:5, Isaiah 43:21, Deuteronomy  7:6; 14:2; 26:18. Malachi 3:17;  A people acquired, you are God’s very own, His own special people.

God has redeemed Christians not out of Babylon but out of darkness and has called them to Himself, taking them not out of Jerusalem, but into  His marvelous light

Peculiar  or Possession (4047) (peripoiesis from peripoieomai = literally means to make around oneself and then to acquire or purchase) means that which is acquired by purchase with the corresponding idea of preservation of that which is purchased.

Set apart nation of people formed for God’s possession.  A consecrated class of people. 

They are a people which He has secured as a possession, or as His own, a people, therefore, which belong to Him, as to no other.

Ephesians 1:14: How He possessed us.  The purchased price? Redemption.  Acts 20:28 “with His own blood.” I Corinthians 6:20.  Titus 2:14. 

“I AM A PERSONAL POSSESSION OF THE LIVING CHRIST.”

9A    ILLUMINATION IN OUR LORD  RADIANCE IN OUR LORD

First Peter 2:9b “so that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” or “that you should show forth (1804)  the praises 703  of Him who has called you out of darkness into marvelous light” kjv

God’s purpose in redeeming us is not simply our own enjoyment, but that we might glorify Him. Isaiah 43:21; 60:1-3, Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 1:6; 3:21; Philippians 2:15-16

You are to be advertisers of the praises or virtues of Christ, not only to know them, and to be glad to know them, but to make them known to others. Beloved, how far are you doing this?

You were acquired so that you might proclaim abroad the excellence of Him who has called you.

“Show forth”  1804   Proclaim  = messenger…who speaks and acts in place of one who has sent him) describes a complete proclamation,  therefore means to tell forth, to tell something not otherwise known, to make widely know, to report widely, to proclaim throughout and to tell everywhere.

Can even mean “to advertise”. Therefore because the world is “in darkness” people do not know the “excellencies” of God; but since we have “Christ in us the hope of glory”, they should see Him in and through our attitudes, actions and conversation. Each citizen of heaven is a living “advertisement” for the excellencies or virtues of God and the promises and blessings He bestows on believers now and throughout eternity. Our lives should radiate His “marvelous light” which now even indwells us as the Spirit of Christ.

Psalms 9:14; 56:8; 71:15; 73:28; 79:13; 107:22; 119:13,16; Proverbs 12:16

The praises (703)  Excellences describes that quality makes someone, in this case God Almighty, stand out as excellent.

can imply the ability to perform powerful, heroic deeds. Contrary to what it might indicate in English, the term refers more to those kinds of actions than to some intrinsic royal attributes or qualities. Christians have the distinct privilege of telling the world that Christ has the power to accomplish the extraordinary work of redemption

Acts 1:8; 2:22; 4:20; 5:31-32; Revelation 15:3.

You have been called into participation. God invites men and women to participate in fellowship with Him and in His salvation. God’s saving initiative, the effectual call of God.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN LIGHT?

You have been called out of intellectual nonsense, and moral perversion into a wonderful truth and righteousness.   “God’s excellences” 

That is to say, the very aim of all God’s gracious manifestations of Himself is that the men who apprehend them should go forth into the world and show Him for what He is…

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