His people

One of the blessings of our home church is having my Dad as a teacher again. He has been taking us through Hebrews, and this week we looked (with a few bunny trails) at who the people of God are.

The OT people of God were obviously the Isrealites. Between the time of Adam and Abraham, it seems the Lord worked in individuals, without a covenantal relationship. But with Abraham, God says He will make a great nation out of him. And He reiterates throughout the OT that He will be the Isrealites God, and they will be His people.

So, what of the Gentiles? What of those not in covenant with God? Paul says that they were “having no hope and without God in the world” – Ephesians 2:12. But that through the blood of Christ, “the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” – Galatians 3:8 Before Christ came, and brought the new covenant, those who were not Isrealites were without God and without hope… It is incorrect to think that God offers equal opportunities to all – that just is not what the Bible demonstrates.

So, now, because of Christ’s coming, we Gentiles have also been brought in, grafted in, to the family. Who then, are His people? The body of Christ is those who believe in Him. The sons of the living God are His beloved. (Romans 9:24-26)

Such good news! That we should be called the children of God.

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