Nov 27, 2017
If we are children of God, shouldn’t we behave like it? Peter seems to think so. In 1 Peter 2:9-12, we will hear Peter reminding his readers that they have a remarkable new identity in Christ Because of their faith in Christ, they have been changed and given new responsibilities within the Kingdom of God. They have been hand-picked by God, made His priests, set apart as His people and given the responsibility of proclaiming the greatness of the One who called them out of darkness into his marvelous light. What Peter has in mind here is a change in behavior. Their status before God has changed, because they have been declared righteous by Him because of the sacrificial death of His own Son. Now, they were to live like who there were. But the danger they faced was one that is common to all believers: To fail to recognize their new identity and to fall back into the the familiar patterns of their life before Christ. So, Peter is going to go out of his way to ensure that they understand exactly who they are and how that should impact their daily lives. Living like a Christian won’t be easy. Not everyone will appreciate the change that has taken place in our lives. But when we live like who we are, the world can’t ignore it. And some will be attracted to Christ because of it.