We have shared the fact that our stories having been written before we were born. We are chosen, Amen.
Isaiah lived about 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet, he was led to write:
We were known before we were born.
What does it mean that “you are a chosen generation” (1 Peter 2:9)?
In 1 Peter 2:9, the apostle Peter describes believers in Jesus Christ with these remarkable words: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (NKJV). Other translations render the expression chosen generation as “chosen people” (NIV) or “chosen race” (NASB).
Is the phrase you are a chosen generation speaking of predestination and election—God’s predetermination of who will be saved.
Peter is also stressing God’s ownership of our lives, as He is the One who chooses the “chosen generation.” Throughout history, God has claimed for Himself a people to be His very own prized possession. Believers in Jesus Christ are the people God has chosen to possess. We may be ordinary people, but because God owns us, our lives take on immeasurably great value.
Immanuel, as rendered here and in the gospel of Matthew from the original Hebrew, often translates to “God is with us” -marking the name foretold in the Old Testament of our Messiah and Savior, Jesus Christ. Indeed, God is and always has been with us. May his message of goodness and compassion shine through to our current age, where his name is still as relevant as ever.
And we pray:
Lord O Heavenly Father, I give thanks to the pure Virgin through whom Your Word was born unto the world. Praise be Your enduring song of hope for Man and Mankind, that You are always with us, in sickness and in health, in life as in death. May we glorify Your truth in all we do, for then as now, forever more, Immanuel, Amen.