What in the world is the church supposed to do and be? How should we think of ourselves? Peter has been encouraging his readers with a reminder that they have been “born again” into the family of God. This has happened by means of the “seed,” which is the Word of God. And the good news is that this “seed” hasn’t died but continues to be alive in them, bringing added growth and maturity. But what is the goal? Why has God brought us into His family?
The answer is that we are to be the means whereby His grace and glory are broadcast before a watching world. We can rightly say that God rescues us from His wrath, by His grace, but for His glory. We are to be His temple, His priesthood, and those who offer worthy worship to Him while displaying His grace and glory to the world.