[social_share]First Peter 2:9 reads: “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into marvelous light.” This verse comes shortly after Peter writes on the new birth that God brings about. In 1:23 we read: “Since you have been born again not of perishable seed but of imperishable through the living and abiding word of God.” And as we keep reading in chapter one verse 25: “And this word is the GOOD NEWS that was preached to you.” (Emphasis added).
The connection is that this new birth, which is a work of the Father, was done through the good news, the word, of the gospel. The instrument that God uses to bring people to faith in Christ is the gospel.
These people then have tasted that the Lord is good (2:3) because of the work of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the gospel. Now that one is born again there is a mission for them to fulfill. This is what we find in 2:9. We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people for HIS own possession that we might proclaim HIS excellencies, we are to proclaim the excellencies of HIM who called us out of darkness into MARVELOUS light.
Marvelous light. How often do we think about the work that God has done for us as being transferred from darkness into marvelous light. This is no ordinary light. This is as if we were on a stage that was completely and totally dark and God has now shined a million spotlights onto the stage and we now can see. It is a marvelous and gracious work that God has done for us in His grace.
Now that this work is done we are to proclaim His excellencies. We are to be speaking of Christ who bought our redemption for us. To make the connection with 1:25 we are to be proclaiming the gospel! The GOOD NEWS of the person and finished work of Jesus Christ so that sinners who come to faith in Him will be saved from their sins because He took them upon Himself.
As Christians, and as churches we are redeemed to proclaim the gospel. We are redeemed to be evangelists. How often do we think of this? I know I do not think on it enough. May God grant us grace and courage to move forward proclaiming the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ! The work is not over until Jesus returns! God is continuing to build His community from peoples all over the world.