Revelation 1-3 ~ Day 111~ Jew and Gentile believers are ONE kingdom under Jesus!

OK, here we go...the last book of our reading plan...and it'a a good one!!

Right away, two verses caught my eye because they had a repeat word in them.
"To him who loves us...and made us a kingdom, priest to his God and Father-..." (1:6)
"I, John, your brother and partner in the affliction, kingdom and endurance that are in Jesus..."(1:9)

What's up with that? John is stressing that those who believe that Jesus "set us free from our sins by his blood" are a group of people that make up a kingdom.....that's interesting and actually reminds my of another verse that we read just a few days ago.

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." (1 Peter 2:9-10)

If you remember, Peter addressed his letter to "those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia" (all those are in modern day Turkey) (1 Peter 1:1). The seven churches John was writing to, were all found in what Peter called, Asia.  Both writers were addressing all believers, Jews and Gentiles.  Isn't it interesting that both Peter and John are referring to Jew and Gentile believers alike, as one kingdom and royal priesthood?  These same titles were once exclusive to the Jews (Exodus 19:5-6, Deut. 4:20, 7:6 and Isaiah 43:20-21).

I like how one commentary put it, "The things that once exclusively belonged to Israel- their election, priesthood, and calling are now no longer the property of Israel alone.  These are now the property of every Christian, and we have them in a greater and spiritual sense." It's so important to understand that there are not two groups of people in God's love story any longer.  Everybody under the kingship of Jesus is one kingdom, Jew and Gentile alike.  Peter and John both understood this. Maybe that's why they were both trying to get that point across in their letters.....

This will be important to remember as we keep reading Revelation.


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