The word nation in the Bible is not the same as the concept of nation we have today. Our concept of nation today means a geographical location ruled by a state power. The USA is a nation. Canada and Mexico are nations. The Bible concept of a nation is a group of people separated out by some similarity they share. For example, a minority group living together in the Western United States would be considered a nation. Nation in the Bible is more akin to the English word of tribe.
God made a declaration at the beginning of the Bible in Exodus over 2500 years ago. He declared there would be a nation – a group of people bound by one similarity among them no matter where they lived geographically.
BEGINNING DECLARATION BY GOD: Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Exodus 19:5b-6
God declared that on the earth there would be a Holy nation which would also be a kingdom of priests for Him!
If you are a Christian seeking after him you are a citizen of a modern nation. But you are also a citizen of a group of people God calls a nation for Him! Modern nations come and go. They rise up and change names fairly regularly. With all of this change one thing is not changing. A people spread out among all the nations are becoming similar in one thing – they are forming a new kingdom and are becoming holy to welcome King Jesus among their midst.
God’s declarations always come about. The Bible started off with this declaration. We see in the last book of the Bible God declares it’s fulfillment has come true.
ENDING DECLARATION BY GOD: To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6
His kingdom of holy priests is not going to happen over night. This kingdom is being built now! Everyday as you make decisions to walk as citizens of another kingdom and desire to be holy as His nation is growing. It is happening now among millions of people around the world! You are a part of a nation within a modern nation. You are apart of something bigger than what the USA, Kenya, China, Bulgaria, or what some other nation is doing.
Be encourage, one day there will be a people on the earth living out their Christian lives and they will hear a declaration from heaven: It is done! My nation show yourself!