Who do you think you are?

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession… (1 Peter 2:9a)

You belong to the God who called you.

When God called you, he did not negotiate with the powers of darkness to secure your release. Nor did he engage in some kind of prisoner exchange. When God called you, you came because his word has power.

You were called and chosen and adopted into God’s royal and holy family.

Which changes everything for you.

You are no longer just an American. Or an Australian. Or an Argentinian.

You are a child of the Most High, a citizen of a heavenly kingdom, and a holy nation belonging to God.

To say you are God’s own possession means you have been bought with a price. Since you belong to God, your welfare is his concern. He who bought you will provide and care for you.

You can be sure that the One who paid such a high price for you can be trusted to keep you safe and secure to the end (1 Cor. 1:8–9).

In the old covenant, the Israelites were told they would be a treasured possession if they kept the law (Ex. 19:5–6). But the new covenant reveals that you are a treasured possession because God loves you and because he loves you he has adopted you and made you his own.

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By Paul Ellis

Author of award-winning Bible commentaries


  1. “You can be sure that the One who paid such a high price for you can.” My question is what then was the payment for and who was paid.

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