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CHURCH

November 9, 2015

Monday

 

1 Peter 2:9

 

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

 

LESSON

 

Peter proceeded to clarify the nature of the church, and in doing so he explained the duty of Christians in the world, particularly suffering Christians.

 

All the figures of the church, that Peter chose here (“chosen race,” “royal priesthood,” “holy nation,” “people for God’s own possession”), originally referred to Israel. However, with Israel’s rejection of Jesus Christ, God created a new body of people, through whom He now seeks to accomplish the same purposes He formerly sought to achieve through Israel, but by different means. This verse, which at first might seem to equate the church and Israel, on careful examination shows as many differences between these groups as similarities.

 

But this does not mean that the church is Israel or even that the church replaces Israel in the plan of God. Romans 11 should help us guard against that misinterpretation. The functions that Israel was called into existence to perform in its day of grace the church now performs in a similar way. In the future, according to Paul, God will once again use Israel to bless the world.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 12:27

 

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