Friday, May 27, 2011

The LORD your God has Chosen you to be a People of his Treasured Possession


"The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession" (Deuteronomy 7:6)

God chose me for his treasured possession? Did I read that correctly? This is one of those statements in Scripture that should instantly produce humility in the life of a believer. Yes this covenant is with Israel but this covenant is also with those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Sit in awe as you read: "The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession."

The first obvious truth that should stand out to all of us is the fact that the holy Creator of all things "has chosen" any of us. We tend to think we are pretty good people who have upheld much of the law in the eyes of the world. We aren't as bad as so and so (you fill in the blank) so we tend to think we are safe. But God's standard compares us to one person: Himself. The standard we are to live up to is perfection. Show of hands: Who is perfect? You get my point. All of us have failed to perfectly obey God's law therefore the biblical conclusion is we have all earned our wage of death (Rom. 6:23). Instead of loving our Creator we have rebelled against him. But rather then justly sending us all to hell he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, into to the world to die in the place of sinners. For those who place their faith in Christ our wage goes from death to eternal life. The fact that God would send his Son to die in the place of any sinner is amazing; but when we realize the personal nature in which we have been chosen by God to be one of his people, it ought to overwhelm us.

Second we see that as his children we are not only chosen but we are chosen to be his treasured possession. This is mind-blowing. We have gone from rebelling against our Creator to our Creator coming and mediating for our sins in order for him to demonstrate his love by choosing us to be his treasured possession. WOW! How could we ever walk away thinking we are worthy of God's love? We are not worthy of his love but his love makes of his treasured possession. Our value is found solely in him and our joy is to make him supremely valuable. "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you" (Ps. 73:25). The Psalmist knew nothing was more valuable than knowing Christ and nothing is greater than being a "treasured possession" of the King of kings.

Christian, soak it up: "The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession." Be humbled. Be reminded of grace and mercy. Be reminded of God's patience and kindness. Be joyful. Rejoice that "God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us" (Rom.5:8). We did nothing to earn salvation other than be sinners whom God chose to be one of his treasured possessions. Make your boast in the great God of your salvation alone. To him be the glory.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

2 comments:

val said...

Anyone preaching hate and murder in a hell fire for any child of God no matter what their sins as being of God does not truly know him (1 John 4:20). The true word is now delivered to the world (Rev 12:5). Satan can no longer deceive you (Rev 12:9). If you want to be free all you have to do is read a little at http://minigoodtale.blogspot.com . God is love 1 John 4:8 and love ….
*Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
God (love) does no harm. God is not a murderer. If he was to kill any of his children he would be a hypocrite for he wrote “Thou shalt not kill” Ex 20:13. God is teaching his children the knowledge of good and evil Gen 3:22 to become a god Ps 82:6, John 10:44 at your resurrection to eternal life. Prove all things.

JRL said...

Val,

Thanks for commenting on this post. I appreciate your love and concern for people in your comments. I believe your intentions are motivated by love. I wanted to ask if you were able to make a biblical distinction between those created in the image of God (everyone) and those who are his children (________)? I'm curious how you reconcile are passage like Psalm 11:5. I agree agree completely with Scripture that God is love but God and love are not the same thing. The Bible is clear that God is perfectly just, holy, righteous, wrathful, merciful, loving and so on. I do not agree that I was teacing hate and murder as you say. I do believe God hates sin because if he did not hate sin there would be no purpose in sending his Son. But the Bible is clear that those whose names are not written in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15).

Also I find your comment interesting where you say, "God is not a murderer. If he was to kill any of his children he would be a hypocrite." Once again we would have to go back to who his children are not who is created in his image. I believe John 1:12 is very helpful when it says, "But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." To become indicates they were not previously and God alone gives that right as we saw in that passage. Romans 9:8 is also helpful: "This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring." Lastly 1 John 3:9-10: "No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother."

I would be curious on your thoughts. Thanks once again for the comment.

Grace upon grace,
JRL