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God's Chosen People-Part V

God's Chosen People-Part V

...Who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; Romans 9:4 (NKJV)

We've been looking at Romans 9:4 and seeing that the People of Israel were God's chosen people.  So far, we've looked at the first three things that were given to these Chosen people of God.  

1.    They were Adopted into His family.
2.    They were given the Glory of God's presence in their lives.
3.    They were given Covenants & Laws.
4.    They were given the service of God.

We've also been looking at the parallels to these gifts and how each person who becomes a Christian is given the same things.  

In Part V of this series, we're going to look at the last thing that is given to those God has chosen.  And that is:

5.    He gave them the Promises

The Old Testament is filled with the promises of God to the Jewish people.  There are countless verses of scripture where God makes promises to This Nation, or to This People, when referring to Israel.  But the greatest promise He made to them was the promise of salvation through the Messiah, Jesus Christ.  And as is the case with every other gift that was given to the Jewish people that we've looked at here in Romans 9:4, we too, have been given this gift of salvation.

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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

We simply need to receive this offer of Salvation.  If we hear the word of God and the offer of forgiveness contained within it, and we turn and deny Jesus or His Word, then we will be judged by that choice.

And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him-the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. John 12:47-48 (NKJV)

This is the very problem with the Jewish people throughout history as most of them remained stiff-necked, and they refused to accept Jesus as Savior or the New Testament as His Word.  That is why the Prophet Isaiah said only a small remnant will be saved.  

Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:  Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, The remnant will be saved. Romans 9:27 (NKJV)

And the same is true for us as Gentile believers; only a small amount will ultimately believe in Jesus, call out to Him, and receive Him as their personal Lord and Savior (See Mt 7:14).  

Hey Christian, you've received Jesus as Lord and Savior.  You've been adopted into His family.  You've been given the glory of God, and you shine upon others when you read the Word, when you sing songs of praise and worship to Him, and when you spend time with Him in prayer.  You've been given the privilege of serving in ministry so that others might be blessed and possibly come to know God.  And since you've been saved, you've been given so much more.  Here are just a few more gifts that should give you joy.  Think on these things when you face trials.

1.    God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times, but God has promised it, and He will deliver.

2.    Once God has given us eternal life, it cannot be snatched away from us (John 10:27,28).

3.    God has promised to supply every need we have. The Bible says: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus". (See Philippians 4:19). This would include food, clothing, shelter, companionship, love, and salvation thru Jesus Christ. It would not include the multiplicity of luxuries that we have come to think of as needs.

4.    God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be provided. (See I Corinthians 10:13)

In closing, let me appeal to you to live so that the promises of God will be yours.  Let me encourage you today, to think about the promises that God has made to you.  Let's choose freely to walk in faith and to serve the Lord in whatever capacity that he lays upon our hearts.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures of John above with regard to our salvation?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you been believing in God's free gift of salvation, but not the rest of His promises?

APPLICATION: Believe in God, and all of His promises. Start to walk in faith, trusting everything that God says and you will experience joy, peace and happiness like never before.  

Father, Thank You for Your promises to us.  Thank You for the right to be called Your children.  I choose to believe all of Your promises, and to walk in faith today.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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