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God's Chosen People-Part I

God's Chosen People-Part I

 For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, Deuteronomy 7:6-8 (NKJV)

God told Moses I will take you as My people, and I will be your God (See Exodus 6:7), and the scriptures above confirm to us that the Jewish people are a Chosen people for God Himself, and they were to be Holy, or set apart.  And they were to be a special treasure above all the peoples of the earth.  We can also see that these people were not chosen based on being special, nor because there were so many of them.  It wasn't because they were more righteous then other people either.  And God didn't choose them because they were humble or willing to follow God wholeheartedly.  

Truth be told, we can see on six different occasions in the Book of Exodus and Deuteronomy where the Jewish people are called a, Stiff-necked People, but they were chosen nonetheless.  

I wanted to take a look at what it means to be chosen, and what God gave His chosen people.  And in doing so, we are going to see the parallel that as Christians, we too have been chosen, and we too have been given the same things.  So let's take a look at what was given to them and to us.

They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God's adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises. Romans 9:4 (NLT)

The first thing that God gave those He chose was:

1.    The Adoption

They were adopted in as God's family.  This means that God didn't want these people doing what everyone else was doing, which was worshiping false gods.  And that is the same for us today--God doesn't want us following the world and worshiping the things of the world as our false gods.  God's plan was to reconcile the Jewish people unto Himself; to restore them and make them whole and complete.

It is God's desire to reconcile us unto Himself as well, and to restore us so that we might be used to glorify Him.   He has provided a way to do this, and that way is Jesus Christ.

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself.    He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross. Colossians 1:19 -20(NLT)

And we're told by Jesus, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  We're told in the Book of John:

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 (NKJV)

Our being grafted into the family, or being accepted is not based upon:

*    How good you're doing
*    How much you go to church
*    How much you tithe
It is not based on:
*    How bad you're blowing it in your walk with Him
*    How good of a person you are, or
*    How lousy of a person you may be

God has chosen us for the same reason that He had chosen the Jewish people, and that is simply because He loves us.  

In Part II of this study we'll take a look at the rest Romans 9:4 to see what else we have been given as God's chosen people.

I want to encourage you today to think about being grafted into the family of God.  If you've accepted Jesus Christ, then you are part of God's family, part of His Chosen People.  What a awesome privilege to be called God's child.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Colossians 1:19, 20, how did God reconcile us unto Himself?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you identified that as a Christian you are now part of God's family?

APPLICATION: Spend time talking to your heavenly Father.  He desires to have an intimate relationship with you starting today.

Father, Thank You for adopting me into Your family.  Thank You for providing a way to allow me, a sinful human, to be reconciled unto You.  Thank You that I can come to You directly now because of what Jesus did on that Cross of Calvary.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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