Like Old Testament Israel, We Are…
In a post I wrote a while back, I drew parallels between the life of the Christian believer and that of the Old Testament Israelite. Here Christopher Wright does the same, only much better :
Like Old Testament Israel, we are people with experience past grace – God’s historical acts of redemption, at the exodus and supremely, of course, at the cross.
Like Old Testament Israel, we are people who God wants to use for the mission that is driven forward by his future grace – bring people of all nations in the whole earth to into that multinational family of those who know him, love him and worship him alone.
Like Old Testament Israel, we are people who are called to live in response to that grace, with lives that represent God to the world and that shows the difference between the holiness of the living God, seen especially in the face of Jesus Christ, and the degraded ugliness and impotence of all the false gods surround us.
In other words, we are exactly as Peter describes us, with the same identity, the same mission, and the same ethical responsibility.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Pet 2:9-12)
Peter applies Exodus 19:4 – 6 directly to Christians: ” You’ve had your Exodus experience [out of darkness],” he says. “You’ve tasted God’s grace and mercy. You are his precious, treasured possession, his very own people. Now then, live by that story. Live out of that identity. And live it with such attractive obedience of ‘good lives’ that people will be attracted to the God you worship, and whatever they say about you, they will come to glorify him.”
-Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God’s People