In the series on “Dual Citizenship” we are looking at I Peter 2.
It is quite interesting to see that in the first part of the chapter believers are described as living stones that are built into a holy temple – a place of worship and service. The emphasis here is clearly on being set apart for God. That is the core meaning of Holy. These were made holy by being purified by washing and prayer and then take away from ordinary usage to be used exclusively for God. If you read the book of Leviticus there is a lot there about being holy in this sense.
9 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. (I Peter 2:9 NIV)
In the second part of the passage, the people of God are called sojourners and exiles in the world. We are to have a strategy of conduct while we are in the world. It is not a strategy of avoidance, but of example. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (I Peter 2:12 NIV).
We honor the emperor, but we fear God. we honor everyone, but we love the brotherhood.
Being a Holy Nation while living as aliens is the challenge.