by Tammy Phillips
December 21, 2020
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)
Let’s look at what the Greek definitions of some of the words in 1 Peter 2:9 mean in order to get the full meaning on the scripture.
Chosen: (eklektos) elected; picked out; favored
Generation: (genie) kin; kinfolk; stock; from (ginomai) to become
Royal: in the king’s court; regal
Peculiar: (peripoiēsis) purchased, preserved, saved possession
Shew: (exaggellō) to tell out or forth; to declare abroad; divulge; publish; to make known by praising or proclaiming, to celebrate. Derived from (ex) out or from and (aggelos)a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God.
Praises: (arete) moral excellence; moral goodness; virtue; manliness
Called: (kaleo) called by name
Marvelous: (thaumazō) wonderful; worthy of pious admiration; admirable; excellent; passing human comprehension; causing amazement; extraordinary
Tammy’s version of 1 Peter 2:9 might read like this:
Moreover! We are picked out and favored kinfolk to become, royal and regal, in the king’s court, His peculiar, purchased possessions. Our job? Be a messenger of God, sent by God, picked out by God, favored by God to publish and proclaim. We are picked out to shew out! What? Who? God in all His manliness, His virtue, His excellence and goodness! We are called to shew off the One who has called us out…by name out of darkness into His marvelous, amazing, passing human comprehension, light! And that… is who He is, what He has done and who He has called us to be.
I enCOURAGE you, “Called Out,” to show out and shout out for Jesus! Reflect his glorious light!