Saturday, June 30, 2012

Chosen People Part 2



Last week we looked at how the nation of Israel was God’s chosen people, and how some people think that God is unfair for having a chosen people. In case you missed it, we concluded that God chose Israel for the benefit of the rest of the world and not to the exclusion of them.

But this week let’s focus on another concept: that as Christians we are all a part of God’s chosen people. Even as Gentiles, which I assume the majority of readers to be, we have the same standing as that of the Old Testament Jews.

In I Peter 2:9 Peter wrote to the church and told them that they were are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Theologians today refer to the church as “spiritual Israel,” because, even though most of us were not born in Israel, we have been grafted into the family through adoption by God. The sad part is that many in Israel have rejected Jesus as the prophesied Messiah.

Just as last week we saw how God chose Israel in order to display His salvation among the lost world, this week we see that God uses us as “a holy nation” in order to “proclaim the excellencies of Him” to the lost world today.

No matter where you were born, or what family you were born into, you can be a part of God’s chosen race by putting your faith in Jesus alone as the Anointed One from God who came to save us.

If you have put your faith in Him, whether Jew or Gentile, we are all part of the family.

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