Christians_A_Chosen_Generation_A_Royal_Priesthood

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1 Christians A Chosen Generation, A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation, A Peculiar People Jonathan Edwards 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. I. True Christians Are A Chosen Generation . ............................................................................................... 3 First, true Christians are chosen by God from the rest of the world ......................................................... 3 1. This election supposes that the persons chosen are found among others .......................................... 4 2. No foreseen excellency in the elected is the motive that influences God to choose them ................ 5 3. True Christians are chosen of God from all eternity, not only before they were born, but before the world was created .................................................................................................................................. 5 4. God in election set his love upon those whom he elected, ................................................................ 6 5. This electing love of God is singly of every particular person .......................................................... 6 6. In election, believers were from all eternity given to Jesus Christ .................................................... 6 Reflections ................................................................................................................................................. 7 1. God’s thus electing a certain definite number from among fallen men from all eternity, is a manifestation of his glory ...................................................................................................................... 7 2. If believers are the chosen of God, here is a great argument for their love and gratitude towards him ......................................................................................................................................................... 7 3. If believers are a chosen generation, let all labor earnestly to make their election sure . .................. 7 Second, true Christians are a distinct race of men ..................................................................................... 7 1. They are remotely descended from God ............................................................................................ 8 2. God’s people are immediately begotten of God ................................................................................ 9 (1.) Christians ought to bear with one another . ................................................................................. 9 (2.) Let Christians take heed so to walk that they may not dishonor their pedigree . ...................... 10 (3.) We see here a reason why Christians are of so different a nature and temper from the rest of the world .......................................................................................................................................... 10 II. True Christians Are A Royal Priesthood ................................................................................................ 11 First, Christians are kings . ...................................................................................................................... 11 1. True Christians will be advanced to honors far above those of earthly kings ................................. 12 2. The saints shall have greater and more extensive possessions than any earthly monarch .............. 12 3. The saints shall also be advanced to the authority of kings . ........................................................... 13 Second, true Christians are priests of God ............................................................................................... 13 1. Every true Christian is allowed as near an access to God, and as free a use of the sacred things, . 14 2. Christians are a priesthood with respect to their offerings to God .................................................. 15 (1.) Christians offer up their own hearts to God in sacrifice: they dedicate themselves to God, .... 15 (2.) This spiritual priesthood offers to God the sacrifice of praise .................................................. 16 (3.) The next sacrifice which is offered by this spiritual priesthood, is obedience, sincere obedience ......................................................................................................................................... 17 (4.) Another sacrifice which we shall mention as offered by this spiritual priesthood is charity, or expressions of Christian love in gifts to others . .............................................................................. 17 The first is: Liberality to ministers of the gospel . ....................................................................... 17
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2 The second is bounty to the poor ................................................................................................. 17 (5.) Another offering of this priesthood to God is the prayer of faith ............................................. 18 Reflections ............................................................................................................................................... 18 1. Here Are Great Motives For All Earnestly To Seek That They May Become True Christians ...... 18 2. Let All Who Profess Themselves Christians Take Heed That They Do Not Defile Themselves And Profane Their Sacred Character ........................................................................................................... 19 3. See That You Well Execute Your Office ........................................................................................ 19 III. True Christians Are A Holy Nation. And Here I Shall Briefly Show,
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