Chosen, Royal and Holy.
By: Apostle Skhumbuzo Sangweni
Study Scriptures: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies
of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
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 (I Peter 2:9-10).
The very first group of people to be called a “cult” were the first century Christians. At that time, it was not considered to be a derogatory word to be called this because the word “cult” was derived from the word “culture.” throughout history it does seem like man have always wanted to define Christians, this is so because we are called to be different from culture. It was at Antioch that when many saw the lifestyle of the “people of the way” as they were called when they seek to define them they were called Christians; One who is like Christ (See Acts 11:26). Of course, the word “cult” has a different meaning that we would not want applied to us today, but even so.
In the Scripture quoted above, we are first declared to be “a chosen race.” Have you ever considered that once you became a Christian you became part of another race of people? We are no longer white, black, Jew, or Gentile even our gender doesn’t matter anymore (See Gal 3:28). As Christians we are called to be a different race within the earth that is distinguishable, not by the color of our skin, but by our lives and character. Our lives and character should be so different and powerful in Christlikeness that we stand out because of them.
Because of our history of racial prejudice, those of us that have had our racial identity discriminated against, we turn to be more race conscious especially the black people in South Africa. Such prejudice makes it difficult for us to understand and accept the realities of a “chosen race” because the mind and the flesh argues; how can I be a chosen race when most the evil that I have suffered in this life has been because of my race? The holy Spirit is able to heal racial wounds. Whilst these matters must to go undealt with, when we are in Christ our identity is first as a Christian, even our attraction to fellowship towards other Christians must be above racially identified, because we place our identity in the spirit and not in the flesh.
This is not to imply that there should not be some identity and fellowship around one’s natural race or culture. However, if our identity is not first as a Christian then something is awry. This is probably something that is askew with most Christians today because we fail to see ourselves as the separate race that we are called to be, the “chosen race.”
The second identity that we are given in I Peter 2:9 is “a royal priesthood.” One of the great truths highlighted by the Reformation was the priesthood of all believers that the New Covenant makes clear. How many Christians even think in terms of their priestly calling and duties on a daily basis, or at all? Of those who know this doctrinal truth concerning our priesthood, how many are actually functioning in this calling, which we all have?
Not only are we a priesthood, we are a “royal” priesthood. Royal means ruling house or ruling court. The scriptures, if you choose to believe them say you are a King as well. Do you superintend your kingdom the way your Father superintends his kingdom?
Christians are the true rulers of the earth. We should conduct our lives with the dignity, grace, and integrity of such royalty. We should also understand that a priesthood is first for the purpose of serving the Lord, but also serving all nations, races, and cultures with intercession and ministry. If our identity is truly with the Lord first, this duty as priests should be foremost in our minds above any other earthly duties or professions.
The final description that Peter gives to believers is that we are a “holy nation”. The Greek word translated “holy” in this text is hagios (hag’-ee-os), which is defined as “sacred, pure, morally blameless,” as well as “religious, ceremonially, consecrated.” Recent studies indicate that there is no longer a moral difference between those who consider themselves born again Christians and non-Christians, when just fifty years ago the difference was striking and profound. What has happened? It is the fulfillment of the Lord’s own prophecy concerning the last days in Matthew 24:12, “And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.”
There is clear evidence that in fact most Christians’ love has grown cold, and they are no longer distinguishable by their character, or their love for God or one another. Even so, nowhere does it say that those whose love has grown cold cannot be reignited. This too is happening. One of the great revivals that is taking place at this time is the recovery of backslidden and lukewarm Christians.
The Word is also clear that before the end comes there is going to be a church that is pure and spotless. This is one of the primary purposes for restoring prophetic ministry to the church. Just as John the Baptist pre-pared for the Bridegroom the first time he came, there will be a prophetic ministry that will call God’s people to repentance in preparation for His second coming. These messengers will be flames of fire, not to condemn, but to save and reignite the passion of our first love in the hearts of the “chosen race, the royal priesthood,” that will actually be a separate, “holy nation” on the earth when He comes.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, heal me from the racial prejudice that I have suffered and forgive for all racial discriminations that I have perpetuated, as of this hour I recognise that my identity is first in Christ before my natural identity. Help me to be established in my rightful place as a royal priest in Christ, to serve you and your people as my basic calling. Set me up and consecrate me, bring me into a place of moral blamelessness, Father reignite my first love for you and your house. In Jesus name. Amen
CONFESSION: I boldly declare that I’m of a superior heavenly race group, chosen before the foundations of the world to be holy and without blame before God in Love. I walk in the full privilege of the heavenly race. I’m a priest after the order of Melchizedek, I walk in peace and have full access to God through Christ, all my prayers are answered. I decree preferential treatment in my life because I have favor with God and with man. Royal grace surrounds therefore all man sees me and treats me as Royalty. I walk in purity, I’m blameless and without spot, I’m holy just like the Lord is Holy. In Jesus mighty name.