Summary: Understanding that we are Chosen for God's Perfect Plan.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
God’s Chosen Elect
Now in the first Epistle of Peter that he was addressing the strangers that were scattered abroad which were the Jewish and Christian believers. These two Epistle are to confirm it readers in the doctrines they had already been taught. The man Peter as we all knows who not only walked with Christ, but Denied Christ, and he Preached the day of Pentecost but also is known as the Apostle of Jubilant Hope. For in his writings to the people he gives words of comfort and encouragement which was fitting to sustain a lively hope among them. It was written from Babylon, on the Euphrates which was at this time one of the chief seats of Jewish learning and the fitting Centre for labour among the Jews. Now understand that in his writings the beginning of his epistle names the provinces of Asia Minor in order in which they would naturally occur to one writing from Babylon. Even as Peter writes these epistles he gives the counsels of steadfastness and perseverance under persecution which brings me to the text today. We must first understand the definition of the key words in this message today.
Chosen - one who is the object of choice or of divine favor: an elect person
Royal - persons of royal lineage; regal character or bearing
Holy – Divine connection to God
Loyal - faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government
Now each of these words are imperative for this particular scripture for in this message it is the objective to provide a clear understanding of the key points to being one of GOD’S CHOSEN ELECT
1. Understanding we are a Chosen People
2. Walking in our Royal Priesthood
3. Living as A Holy Nation
4. Being Loyal Unto God
To begin this message the key verse in this scripture is verse nine “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that
Ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” The first statement is YE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION being chosen to guide, live, and sacrifice for our Lord Jesus Christ. To fulfill such duties as a chosen one for the Lord requires diligence, compassion, strength, and courage to sustain each us through this journey called life. For we are living in difficult times when we look at the economy, our children, communities seeing that referencing GOD can be a challenge today. Yet we must use wisdom from his word for in Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus cam and spake unto them, saying ALL POWER IS GIVEN UNTO ME IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH. GO YE THEREFORE, AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST: TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMNADED YOU: AND, LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. AMEN. Being Chosen by God is an honor and privilege let’s look at some examples: Esther an orphan girl taken captive into the King’s Palace and was crowned Queen of Persia see God had a great plan in her life for she was courageous during difficult days because her life was in jeopardy all because of a man that had a strong hatred for God’s chosen People. Also look at another great in the bible Daniel who was placed in the lion’s den and instead of the lions who were hungry putting any harm on Daniel they laid down and allowed him to sleep on their backs. We must realize that it is important to understand how GOD uses each of us in our daily walk in life. There are times when he opens our hearts and minds to speak his word to a complete stranger and we managed to touch that person in some way to help them through difficult times. There is an old song “IF I CAN HELP SOMEBODY AS I Travel along the way then my living will not be in Vain”. We have to realize that we are set aside in GOD to be his vessel to reaching others along this live journey. So yes being Chosen is a challenge but it is also a BLESSING. Recognizing that we are called out from our natural being by GOD for he has elevated us in our Spiritual experience. Nevertheless understand that we are chosen for a specific purpose therefore we have direct access to the very throne of GOD in our Savior Jesus Christ. Furthermore realize that we are not chosen by any accident but by the GRACE OF GOD for in Romans 12:5 “The body we’re talking about is Christ body of chosen people.” It is important that we comprehend this scripture deeply in our lives for we all have a meaning and function to perform for our Savior with the various gifts he has laid upon each of us. Therefore gain the knowledge to understanding that being Chosen to work in God’s vineyard is one who is of divine favor from heaven on high. In the gospel song if You can use anything LORD you can use me. Is when we act as a chosen vessel for GOD.