Monday, July 3, 2017

We the People... of God

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

“We the people.” You’ll probably hear those words many times over the next day or two as we celebrate our nation’s birthday. “We the people” are the first three words to the Preamble of our Constitution.

They can be applied to saints as to no one else, but in a much more significant way: We the people… of God. Over and over in Scriptures God called His Elect, “My people.” What a sweet title! 

Of course, there is a general sense in which all belongs to God. “The heaven, even the heaven of heavens, is the Lord's, and He reigns among the children of men” [Psalm 115.16]. But here’s the specialty: those whom He has chosen He calls “My people,” something He says of no others. 

If you are a Christ follower, God has brought you to Himself. He has set His great heart upon you. He loves you with an everlasting love. How strong is that love? Strong enough to withstand death, life, angels, principalities, powers, things present , things to come, height, depth, and any created thing - it is inseparable love [Romans 8.38-39].

Do you have that hallowed fellowship with Him so that, like Thomas, you cry out, “My Lord and my God?” If so, then God says of you, and all others like you, “My people!” You are the object of His divine love — “accepted in the Beloved” [Ephesians 1.6]. 

And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people. 2 Corinthians 6.16

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