FIRST PETER 2:10
THE SPIRILTUAL PRIVILEGE OF BELIEVERS
CHARLES E WHISNANT, PASTOR/TEACHER AND STUDENT OF THE WORD

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“for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.” NASB:

“Which in time past were not a people, (2992) but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy”  In 1996 I used the ( kjv)  and in 2014 I use (nasb) as well.

10A    THE MERCY FROM OUR LORD:  VS. 10

Peter quotes from Hosea 1:9-10.  At one time Israel was under the sentence of condemnation for sin.  But God shows mercy. Once we were no people, but God has had mercy upon us, and we have been granted the highest privilege in the universe.  We are now God’s people.  Romans 25-26. To paraphrase Jim Elliot we are just a bunch of nobodies who can now praise and magnify the only One Who is Somebody.

1B    WHO ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT OBTAINED MERCY?  The unpardoned, having no knowledge of the way by which sinners might be forgiven

2B    THOSE WHO HAVE OBTAINED MERCY?  Those whom God has shown compassion

By the spiritual change which each has received through the ransom paid by Christ, are now a people, and more they are God’s people.  (Hosea 2:23; Romans 11:6,7,30; 1 Corinthians 7:25; 1 Timothy 1:13; Hebrews 4:16)

“Once you were outside His mercy,m have now secured compassion.”  You enjoy mercy.

1C    MERCY:  “pity-, sympathy, and love.  Two kinds:

1D     Temporal need of mankind  `General mercy:  It is God withholding  from us the just punishment of our sin. Lamentations 3:22, Psalms 145:9

“God in His mercy, generally, ceased to allow the full potential disaster that could fall upon sin.” “God mercifully eliminates the present earthly full potential disaster of sin.”  Isaiah 27:11

Mercy refers to the outward manifestation of pity and assumes need on the part of those who receive it and sufficient resources to meet the need on the part of those who show it.

2D    SPECIAL MERCY:  God in His mercy, eliminates  forever potential disaster of sin. Those are the elect.  He bestows compassion on the victims of sin by forgiving their sin.  To the unsaved, He withhold judgment until the future, in the case of the chosen, He forgives their sin, and eliminates the judgment.

is passive voice in both uses in this verse and thus emphasizes the fact that believers make no contribution towards this mercy. Note the negative aspect (not receiving mercy) is in the perfect tense which describes our permanent condition outside of Christ. And then comes the Cross, the dividing line for this verse. The positive aspect (receiving mercy) is aorist tense which describes a past completed action at the time of our salvation.

Why? Because e wants to… Romans 9:15-16. Why does God show mercy? Because some are so bad? No.  Because some are worthy of mercy? No!  Because Christ has made it possible for God to show mercy? No!  Well why?  Because He chose to be merciful, and that is all I know.

WE ARE A BLESSED PEOPLE:-10

Psalm 57:10; Titus 3:5; Psalms 136.

BENEFIT OR PRIVILEGE NUMBER ELEVEN:  VS. 9

THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE EXCELLENCIES OF HIM WHO HAS CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS: (hopos tas aretas exaggeilete )

NO. 11      “THE TELLING FORTH OF JESUS CHRIST.”

Spurgeon…See where you once were, and see also to what you have been called by God’s grace: “out of darkness into light.” That is not all: into His light. Even that is not all: “into his marvelous light.” The light of the gospel is full of wonders. As common light is made up of many colors, so the light of God’s grace is made up of many marvellous colors, — the colors of all the attributes of God.

VS. 9  Proclaim (1804)

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 excellences 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; 119:12,26 and Proverbs 12:16.

Excellences  (plural) (703)

describes that quality makes someone, in this case God Almighty, stand out as excellent. For example you might consider studying and proclaiming the excellencies  of the Attributes of God or the majestic, wonderfully rich Names of the LORD.

MacArthur writes that excelliences…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; Rev. 15:3;  Ps 66:3, 5, 16; 71:17; 73:28; 77:12, 14; 104:24; 107:22; 111:6, 7; 118:17; 119:46; 145:4; John 5:36; 10:25 regarding God’s amazing acts

    Why would the Lord do all this for us?  Why So that we would proclaim the Gospel story of our Lord, “That you should slew forth the praises.”Can you imagine a higher honor than to be called on to tell the story of Jesus?  I can not. That is some privilege, don’t you think?  Yes.To tell forth His “praises”  i.e. to declare  to the world the excellence heroic deeds of Jesus We are the spokesman for Jesus Christ.  AMEN

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About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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