A Holy Nation
A Holy Nation. What does that mean? What does that mean for you and me?
Well, let’s start by looking at what holiness is. What does it mean for something to be holy?
The Dictionary of Bible Themes define holiness as “the quality of God that sets him utterly apart from his world, especially in terms of his purity and sanctity.” Whew. That’s heavy.
When we consider the world that we live in, even with all its beauty, we can see how fallen it is. It is far from pure and far from sanctified. Evil abounds and suffering affects the lives of us all. It’s not what you think of when you think of holiness. What about yourself? Is holiness what you think of when you look at your own life? Would you say that you are utterly set apart from this fallen world, especially in terms of purity and sanctity? Speaking for myself, I’d be tempted to say no. And yet, look at what God’s word says about us:
“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” (emphasis mine)
What in the world? The Apostle Peter, called by God to minister to His people, writes to them and says that His people are a holy nation. So, what does that mean?
It means that believe it or not, by God’s grace, you are to Him utterly set apart. To Him, you are not of this world, and He does not deal with you as if you were. Sometimes that may seem hard to believe. But it’s important to understand and embrace.
We are His Good and Faithful not because of anything we have done or anything we do. It is not our merit or good works that allow us to say that we are part of His holy nation of people that are utterly set apart from this world. We are His Good and Faithful because HE is faithful. Because He is the One who works in us to “will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” We can embrace this call over our lives because “[w]ith one sacrifice Christ made his people perfect forever. They are the ones who are being made holy.”
As you contemplate this reality, we exhort you to ask God to help you experience this reality. He wants to help you see what it means to be holy as He is holy. Not legalistic. Not filled with religiosity. Holy. Set apart from this world and pure in the eyes of your loving God.
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 Manser, Martin H. Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser, 2009.
 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
 Philippians 2:13 NIV
 Hebrews 10:14 ERV
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Taken from the Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV), International Edition
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