Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1 Peter 1:2
to sanctify them by his spirit, that by their obedience they might be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. may the divine savour make you continually prosper.
who hath made us kings and priests to his God and father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
and hast made us kings and priests unto our God: and we shall reign on the earth."
happy and holy are they that have part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God, and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
be therefore upon your guard to secure your selves, and the whole flock over which the holy spirit has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.
and this is the pledge of our inheritance, being given for the deliverance of his peculiar people, to the display of his glory.
who gave himself for us, to redeem us from all iniquity, and qualify us to be his peculiar people, passionately affected to virtue.
1 Peter 4:11
let a speaker deliver nothing but what is agreeable to the divine oracles: and let him that attends the poor, be active in proportion to the strength God has given him. amen.
even so let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven.
to display the glory of his grace, which has render'd us acceptable by his beloved son:
unto him be glory in the church, even by Christ Jesus, thro' all the successions of future ages. amen.
that you may be without reproach, the inoffensive spotless children of God in the midst of a depraved and perverse generation (among whom you should shine as stars in the world,
so that this is a matter not dependent on him that wills or runs, but on God, who shews mercy.