“for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10).

As the recipients of God’s mercy, we have become the fulfillment all things promised to an ancient people—a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (v.9). God’s action has moved us from one place to another; from “a people” to “the people;” from a subjective people to a definitive people. Our “a” to “the” must now be missionally perpetuated from us to others.

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