All People are God’s People
25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea,
“Those who were not my people, I will now call my people.
And I will love those whom I did not love before.”
26 And, “Then, at the place where they were told,
‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”
27 And concerning Israel, Isaiah the prophet cried out,
“Though the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand of the seashore, only a remnant will be saved.
28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth quickly and with finality.”
29 And Isaiah said the same thing in another place:
“If the Lord of Heaven’s Armies had not spared a few of our children,
we would have been wiped out like Sodom, destroyed like Gomorrah.”
30 What does all this mean? Even though the Gentiles were not trying to follow God’s standards, they were made right with God. And it was by faith that this took place. 31 But the people of Israel, who tried so hard to get right with God by keeping the law, never succeeded. 32 Why not? Because they were trying to get right with God by keeping the law instead of by trusting in him. They stumbled over the great rock in their path. 33 God warned them of this in the Scriptures when he said,
“I am placing a stone in Jerusalem that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall.
But anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”
Us Against Them?
The Israelites are God’s chosen people. His plan was for the Israelites to ALL be priests (Exodus 19:6). The Gentiles are God’s chosen people. His plan is for us to ALL be priests (1 Peter 2:9).
Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel – that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
The fact that He does not show favoritism shows that He desires for ALL people from all walks of life to be His children. God loves each person He created! We are the children of the living God (Romans 9:26).
In verse 28 above, we see what God starts, He finishes. We all have been given free will to make our own decisions and choices in life. The main reason for our free will is so that we can choose to live life in fellowship with God. We were created in God’s image to be friends with God. He wants our friendship out of the pureness of our hearts, not out of obligation.
So many people are going to be eternally lost because they are unable to see clearly. Their ears are not open to hear clearly either. There are too many people right this minute who think they need to work for their salvation. They think they need to go to church, volunteer and serve and do the “right” things to earn God’s love.
He loves us as we are.
He loves us so much, He did all the work for us. He knew that we could not ever get right with Him as long as we were still sinners. So He gave us His only Son to be sin for us. That’s love. Why would we now have to work for His love and for salvation when Jesus did it all on the cross? If there is still work for us to do for our salvation then we are crucifying Him all over again.
In this world, we create sides in just about everything.
We create a “them and us” lifestyle. There’s always those over there who don’t have the same views as we do. Instead of accepting and showing the love of Christ, we judge and draw lines. Jesus taught us that love is the answer for everything. When we are loving, it’s hard to condemn. When we are loving, it’s hard to judge. When we are loving, it’s hard to hurt another person.
God calls each of us to love as He loved.
To do this, we simply must have a close relationship with Him and allow His Spirit to lead. On our own, we are incapable of having and sharing the kind of love that Jesus has. But with Jesus, we are FULLY capable of having and sharing that whole, pure love. We need to strive to get closer to God. It needs to be our number one priority in life. As we draw closer to God, He will use us to draw others around us closer to Him as well.
We need to embrace love and embrace all people. Especially those who are unloveable. Oftentimes, the ones who are the most unloveable are the ones who need love the most. These verses in Romans above show us that God is fair and just. God is patient. But there will come a time when there will be no more time.
We need to be watchful for unbelief.
We see in the final verses in chapter 9 that the Israelites tried so hard to be God’s people by keeping the law and through their works when all He ever wanted was relationship. He turned to us and gave us relationship. He is the same God today that He was yesterday and the same that He will be tomorrow. In the Garden of Eden, we see that He walked with Adam and Eve. He talked with them and fellowshipped with them. It was a relationship. That is His desire for all of us.
The Jews had one goal – to honor God. But because of their unbelief, they could not see Jesus Christ was their Messiah. The One that they longed would come, came and they could not recognize Him. Jesus became their stumbling block because they were trying so hard to honor God through their obedience and their works, they didn’t have a relationship with Him. They did not believe Jesus was their Messiah because He didn’t look like they thought He should look. They had very narrow vision with what they thought He should look like. And Jesus didn’t cut the mustard.
We need to take a lesson from the Jewish people and not allow our views to become so limited that we cannot see God in our lives – so limited that we cannot hear God speak to us.
God is limitless.
Let’s stop limiting God in our lives. We need to allow Him full access to our hearts, our minds, our homes, and our families. Let’s ask Him to open up our hearts to receive all of Him in all of us.
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,