1Peter 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Generations are sometimes labeled by certain attributes which make them stand out from other generations. The generation after World War II was the ‘Baby Boom’ generation, the generation of the 60s was the ‘peace and love’ generation, the 80s, the ‘disco’ generation, and the 90s, generation ‘X’.
Looking at Matthew 1, we see the generations counted from the beginning of the nation of Israel to the generation of Christ, 42 generations: 14 from Abraham to David, 14 from David to the Babylonian captivity, and 14 from the Babylonian captivity to Christ. However, when we count these generations, we can only count 41. So where is the 42nd generation? It is US! It is the Christian generation, the generation of Christ.
Did you know that Jesus is called our Father? But I thought God is our Father, you may say. Isaiah 9:6 says, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This is speaking of Jesus.
The word ‘Father’ denotes origin of life, or the giving of life. Of a surety, when Jesus shed His blood on the cross and laid down his life, He raised it up again, becoming the ‘first born of many brethren” (Romans 8:29). He gave life to us, those who accept His redeeming blood by faith and thus enter into the life of Christ. Therefore, we, the body of Christ, the church, are His children, His offspring, the generation of Christ (Colossians 1:14-18).
As the generation of Christ, we are a chosen generation—key word, chosen. We were not forced on God, but He chose us. Remember, we are not our own, but we are bought with a price, the highest price possible—the price of the blood of the Son of God. So, we belong to God. We are His possession.
Why did God choose me? Because I am good? No, for the scriptures say that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God did not choose us because of our merits, but because of His immense love for us. Nor did He choose us because of what we can do for Him. God created us, not the other way around. We are the needy ones; we depend upon God for everything. He is the one who gives us the ability to function and to survive. It’s simple—God chose us because He loves us. Not only that, but with His own blood Jesus purchased us for God.
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:9
That explains why God loves us so much. Peter says we are “chosen of God, and precious” (1 Peter 2:4). He created man, man rebelled against Him, He provided redemption for man, and He chose a nation out of mankind to be his own special people. These people may suffer persecution and be hated and even killed by those who refuse to become a part of it, but no one can conquer God’s chosen people. Paul had this to say about it:
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died — more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us (Romans 8:31-34).
Have you ever thought about Jesus interceding for us? Why does He do that? Recently my sister was wondering about this very thing when the Spirit opened her understanding. Father God was never a human, but His Son, Jesus, was. Jesus was tempted in every point a human can be tempted, so He understands how we feel and what we go through. I can just hear Him: “Father, my child is having a hard time, and I’ve been there and done that, so I know just how he feels. We’ve got to help him out. He is one of my chose ones.” Awesome!
How wonderful that the Almighty God, Creator of the universe, chose us to be His children, His generation. How immeasurable and incomprehensible is His love for us!