Second Article of the Apostle’s Creed
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”1 Peter 2:9
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“That I may be His own . . .” What a reassurance those words are to me. They bring to mind the way I felt when I was away at college or my first job and would finally get to come home. I loved college and being out on my own, but there was nothing as warm and wonderful as coming to the place where I belonged, to my family. Being all on my own could be pretty scary and lonely at times.
Apostle’s Creed, Second Article
And [I believe] in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
What does this mean?
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord,
who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death,
that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.
This is most certainly true.
Some may balk at the sounds of these words. The idea of being someone’s own and living under Him in His kingdom may sound like slavery, but it’s just the opposite. We are reminded in 1 Peter 2:9 that we are a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” That doesn’t sound like slavery or subjugation to me. That sounds like the ultimate in belonging.
Jesus suffered, died, and rose from the dead so that we might be His own. This is no small thing. He didn’t do this as a way to coerce slaves. He did it because He loves His people. As His people, we get the great joy of spending eternity with Him in “everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness.” That means that all the stains of our earthly life have been washed away. There’s no better homecoming than that!
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