Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Who are we? Deuteronomy 7:6

God Loves You
Who are we? We are Christians but who are we suppose to be?

"For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, The lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession." Deuteronomy 7:6, NIV.

God gave these words and they apply to believers of all ages.

Today no one talks about being holy, yet it was to be the hallmark of God's people. The emphasis in this verse is that we are holy, everything else explains it.  Holy things are set apart from the common; they are separated from the sinful. Believers are holy because God has made us holy in a judicial sense; before him, we are appraised as free from sin, because our sins have been born away by the scapegoat known as the Lamb of God when he died on the cross, therefore God attributes his holiness to us. God has set believers apart from the world. As Jesus said, "...they are in the world but not of the world," (John 17:16).

God Has Chosen A People, Deut 7:6
We are a people, singular, not many peoples. Believers are not presented as fractured into camps; even though Israel had tribes they are spoken of as one in this verse. Today we should be "a" people, one church. We are part of a community of faith.

God is choosing a people to himself from all peoples of the earth. He once chose a people from among the nations and today he is choosing individuals out of the nations. To choose something is to suggest desiring, thought, weighing the decision even paying a price, and all these figured in his choosing who come to believe. We who believe are chosen.

Mankind tends to treasure things but God treasures people and has made us his treasured possession. When we treasure something we are careful of it and careful for it; we may put a treasured possession where it can be admired and shown to others, we may tell how it came to be a treasure, and we keep it safe, but all we do pails compare to what God has done and is doing for us his treasures.

The double emphasis of the title of "The Lord your God," is the qualification of his possession. He is the ruler of the universe, (Lord), and all-powerful Creator, (God). Between the words "Lord' and "God" is the word "your." He can be the Lord of the universe and God of all things and still not be your Lord or your God. When we come to God through faith in Jesus as our personal Savior, Lord, and God, then we will be his treasured possession.

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(c) Adron Dozat 5/9/12
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