THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 9-15-13

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.”

WELCOME

Good morning! Thank you for joining us today for God’s Living Word. I hope everyone had a great week, and I hope your weekend was a profitable one also. Here we are on another glorious Lord’s Day morning. What a wonderful opportunity we have again today to join together in the worship of our Redeemer. I hope you are ready to begin this new week with a day of service and offering to your God.

As always, it is our commitment through this program to proclaim the simple truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - which is confirmed for us in the Bible. I hope you all have your Bible’s handy and I hope you are ready to worship God together as we sing praises to His name and study from His wondrous word. Now let’s begin by talking to our Father in prayer!

PRAYER: DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY FOR YOU ARE A MIGHTY AND WONDERFUL GOD. FATHER, WE ALSO ARE THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY FOR THE PHYSICAL BLESSINGS THAT YOU GIVE US ND NOT ONLY FOR THE PHYSICAL THINGS, BUT WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS. FOR ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOU. FATHER, WE ASK THIS DAY THAT YOU HELP US IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH TO DO ALL THOSE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ASKED US IN YOUR WORD, ACCORDING TO WORSHIP. THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT AND ACCEPTABLE ALWAYS. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF YOUR SON JESUS AND THE SACRIFICE HE MADE ON THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED. WE ASK THIS DAY FATHER THAT YOU NOT ONLY BLESS US NOW, BUT BLESS US ETERNALLY WITH THAT REWARD WITH A MANSION IN HEAVEN WHERE SOMEDAY WE WILL LIVE ETERNALLY WITH YOU ON HIGH. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS NAME, AMEN.

At this time, we want to sing our first song of the morning. Won’t you all join in with the congregation at this time as we praise God together with the hymn, “Victory In Jesus.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

As followers of God, whether we accept our duty or not, I think we all realize the obligation we have to preach the Gospel of Christ to this lost and dying world. We accomplish this in many different ways, but mainly we prove our obedience through the things that we do and say. As long as we are proclaiming His will to others, we are pleasing in His sight.

However, I think we also fail to realize the great responsibility that comes with carrying out this command of our Lord. Not only are we to proclaim the message, but we must further realize that it must be according to His Will, and not our own. The point is, it does make a difference what we do and what we say. It does make a difference how we say it and how we present ourselves. Why? Because God said He has but one Gospel for us to make know to this world. Paul said, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed,” Galatians 1:6-8.

Even Jesus as He came to this earth proclaimed that He did not come to accomplish His own Will. Rather, Christ always gave the credit, honor, and glory to His Father for all that He did and said. He stated over and over in the gospel accounts that the origin of every word He said came directly from the Father in Heaven. What a wonderful example this is to us today.

Finally, notice what James said in chapter 3, and verse 1 of his book. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” Why does it matter what we teach and how we teach it, because we will be judged according to the job we do.

You see, there is more to this work that is before us than just getting out and doing something. We must make sure the things we do and say are according to God, so that they properly instruct and edify the hearers. Let’s all do our part in studying God’s Word, so that we may know what we are to teach in order that we will be found faithful in His sight.

In our study of the morning, we will be starting a new discussion which is entitled, “His Own Special People.” Our specific topic of the day will deal with, “God’s Chosen People.” So please continue with us this morning and after our next song together I will return with this lesson from God’s Word. It’s now time to join in our second hymn of the morning, the name of the song, “We Have Heard The Joyful Sound.”

LESSON

By Ray Sullins

WE ARE SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE CONTINUING WITH US ON THIS DAY AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER THOSE THINGS FROM THE BIBLE WHICH REALLY TEACH US HOW WE SHOULD LIVE AND HOW WE MIGHT BE MORE FAVORABLE IN HIS SIGHT AND NOT ONLY TO BE FAVORABLE BUT TO BE PLEASING ACCORDING TO HIS PERFECT AND GOOD PLEASURES. WE THIS DAY START A NEW SERIES OF STUDY IN RELATIONSHIP TO ANOTHER TOPIC THAT I BELIEVE WILL BE BENEFICIAL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS AND MONTHS. WE WILL CONSIDER THE IDEA OF JUST HOW SPECIAL THE PEOPLE OF GOD ARE AND THE MANY THINGS THAT STAND OUT ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF GOD'S PEOPLE AS DESCRIBED BY HIM IN HIS OWN WORD. WE MIGHT BEGIN THEN, ON THIS DAY, BACK IN GENESIS 12. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO NOTICE THAT GOD HAS ALWAYS HAD THE IDEA THAT HE WOULD HAVE A PEOPLE, OR THOSE FOLLOWERS OF HIM. WE EVEN CAN SEE THOSE SONS OF GOD AND THE SONS OF MEN IN THE DAYS OF NOAH. WE CAN SEE THAT THERE WERE ALWAYS THOSE WHO DESIRE TO BE THE PEOPLE OF GOD. ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE WERE THOSE WHO DESIRED TO BE THE SONS OF MEN, OR THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH. THAT BEING THE CASE, IT IS SIGNIFICANT IN GENESIS CHAPTER TWELVE AND THE GREAT PROMISE MADE TO ABRAHAM THAT SOMETHING IS SAID CONCERNING WHAT GOD WILL DO. IF YOU LOOK WITH ME THERE IN THE TEXT AND LOOKING SPECIFICALLY IN CHAPTER TWELVE AND VERSE ONE THE LORD SAYS TO ABRAHAM, “GET OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY FROM YOUR FAMILY AND FROM YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE TO A LAND THAT I WILL SHOW YOU.” LOOK AT VERSE TWO, “AND I WILL MAKE YOU A GREAT NATION AND BLESS YOU.” IT GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT HOW HE WILL MAKE HIS NAME GREAT AND ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH OF ALL AGES WILL BE BLESSED IN HIS SEED. BUT NOTICE IN VERSE TWO, “I WILL MAKE YOU A GREAT NATION.” SEE, HIS DESIRE WAS TO HAVE, NOT JUST PEOPLE, BUT PEOPLES ( PLURAL ) A NATION, A TRIBE SO TO SPEAK, A GROUP OF FOLLOWERS WHICH WERE AS A KINGDOM. AN ASSEMBLY OF INDIVIDUALS IN UNISON IN A UNIFIED WAY WILLING TO DO GOD'S WILL.

IT'S NOT STRANGE AS WE TURN OVER IN THE TEXT AND WE FIND IN THE DAYS OF MOSES ( EXODUS 6) THAT GOD IS STILL SPEAKING THE SAME TRUTHS TO MOSES CONCERNING HIS DESIRE TO NOW TAKE THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM, WHICH CAME THROUGH ISAAC AND MORE SPECIFICALLY THROUGH JACOB. AND HIS TWELVE SONS BECAME THE TWELVE TRIBES THAT WE CONSIDER THE ISRAELITE NATION. SO, AS WE LOOK INTO THE BOOK OF EXODUS WE CAN SEE THAT GOD IS STILL FOCUSED ON THIS IDEA AS HE SENDS MOSES TO THOSE CHOSEN PEOPLE. THEY HAVE BEEN THERE IN EGYPT FOR A PERIOD OF AROUND 400 YEARS IN SLAVERY TO THE EGYPTIANS AND THE NEW PHAROAH DID NOT RESPECT THE GOD OF JOSEPH. NOW NOTICE WHAT WE LEARN IN EXODUS 6:6. IT SAYS, “THEREFORE SAY TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL I AM THE LORD AND I WILL BRING YOU OUT FROM UNDER THE BURDEN OF THE EGYPTIANS AND I WILL RESCUE YOU FROM THEIR BONDAGE AND I WILL REDEEM YOU WITH AN OUTSTRETCHED ARM WITH GREAT JUDGEMENTS.” WE ALL THINK ABOUT THE GREAT PLAGUES THAT GOD EVENTUALLY BRINGS UPON EGYPT AND IN VERSE SEVEN IT CONTINUE, “AND I WILL TAKE YOU AS MY PEOPLE AND I WILL BE YOUR GOD AND THEN YOU SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD, WHO BRINGS YOU OUT FROM UNDER THE BURDENS OF THE EGYPTIANS.” AND WHY WAS HE GOING TO DO THIS? LOOK AT VERSE EIGHT, “AND I WILL BRING YOU INTO THE LAND WHICH I SWORE TO GIVE TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB AND I WILL GIVE TO YOU AS A HERITAGE. I AM THE LORD. YOU SEE, GOD SAYS YOU ARE MY PEOPLE. I SWORE TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB THAT I WOULD MAKE A GREAT NATION AND YOU ARE THAT GREAT NATION AND I WILL BE YOUR GOD AND YOU SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” YOU SEE, GOD WANTED A PEOPLE. GOD WANTED A NATION. HE CHOSE INDIVIDUALS AND TO FOLLOW HIM AND TO DO THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE ACCORDING TO HIS COVENANT.

IT'S INTERESTING THAT EVEN LATER IN THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL WHEN WE GET OVER INTO THE PERIOD OF WHAT WE CALL THE DIVIDED KINGDOM (NORTHERN ISRAEL AND HIS KINGDOM IN THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM OF JUDAH) IN THE DAYS OF JEREMIAH WHERE THERE ARE NOW SERIOUS TROUBLES. TROUBLES OF BEING CARRIED OFF INTO CAPTIVITY AND TROUBLES OF A LACK OF WILLINGNESS TO HAVE OBEYED OR SERVE GOD. FINALLY, IN JEREMIAH 30 WE FIND AN EMPHASIS ON THOSE THINGS THAT SPEAK OF HOW GOD WILL BRING ABOUT THE NATION, THE NATION OF GOD ONCE AGAIN, AND HOW HE WILL RETURN THEM OR AT LEAST THE REMNANT THAT ARE FAITHFUL. THAT'S WHAT CHAPTER 31 GETS INTO. BUT, LOOK SPECIFICALLY AFTER HE HAS TOLD THEM ABOUT THE LOVE THAT HE HAS FOR THOSE WHO WILL RISE UP TO FOLLOW HIM. NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE 22 OF CHAPTER 30. HE SAYS, “AND YOU SHALL BE MY PEOPLE AND I WILL BE YOUR GOD.” WELL, YOU SEE THAT THE PEOPLE LET HIM DOWN AT TIMES AND THINGS WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM OF A NEGATIVE NATURE BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT WILLING TO SERVE GOD. THEY WERE NOT SERIOUS ABOUT HIS COMMANDMENTS AND WHEN THEY WOULD BEGIN TO CRY OUT OR COME BACK TO GOD, HE WOULD DO WHAT? I WILL BE YOUR GOD AND YOU SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT HE ALWAYS WANTED AND AS LONG AS ISRAEL WAS FAITHFUL HE WAS THEIR GOD AND HE PROVIDED FOR THEM. HE CARED FOR THEM AND HE PROTECTED THEM. HE GAVE THEM THOSE THINGS THAT THEY HAD NEED OF ON A DAILY BASIS. BUT WHEN THEY WERE WICKED AND THEY REJECTED, WHEN THEY TURNED ON HIM AND DID THINGS THAT WERE ACCURSED IN HIS EYES, THEN HE CERTAINLY COULD NOT DWELL WITH SUCH WICKEDNESS.

WHAT ABOUT TODAY? WE CONTINUE ON IN OUR DISCUSSION AND WE SEE, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, AS WE LOOK IN JEREMIAH CHAPTER THIRTY WHERE GOD SAYS: I WANT TO BE YOUR GOD AND I WANT TO HAVE YOU AS MY PEOPLE. IN CHAPTER 31 VERSE 31, HE TALKS ABOUT THE DAYS THAT WILL COME WHEN HE WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH. A COVENANT THAT WOULD BE FOR ALL MEN. SO WHEN WE GO OVER INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 8, GUESS WHAT IS BEING QUOTED? WELL, IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 8 BEGINNING IN VERSE 7 WE HAVE THAT DIRECT QUOTE FROM THAT SAME TEXT WHICH IS JEREMIAH 31. HE AGAIN IS TALKING ABOUT THAT IF THERE HAD BEEN NO FAULT FOUND IN THE FIRST COVENANT, THEN THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO NEED FOR A SECOND OR A NEW COVENANT. THE FIRST COVENANT BEING THE LAW OF MOSES AND THE SECOND COVENANT BEING THE LAW OF CHRIST. BUT BECAUSE THERE WAS FAULT WITH THE PEOPLE AND THEY WOULD NOT KEEP THAT COVENANT PERFECTLY THEN THE NEED FOR THE LAW OF CHRIST CERTAINLY EXISTED. IF YOU NOTICE THERE AGAIN WITH ME IN THE SAME TEXT HE BEGINS TO SAY WHAT WAS SIMILAR IN RELATION TO JEREMIAH EMPHASIZING OUR TOPIC TODAY. VERSE 10 SAYS, “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, SAYS THE LORD, AND I WILL PUT MY LAWS IN THEIR MIND AND WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” YOU SEE, GOD ALWAYS WANTED THAT. HE SAYS I WILL MAKE A NEW COVENANT AND THEN HE TALKS ABOUT THAT COVENANT AND HE SPEAKS ABOUT HOW IT IS GOING TO BE A COVENANT WHERE IT WILL NOT ONLY BE A PUSHING FORWARD OF SINS, BUT I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE. THE NEW COVENANT AND THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. TO FORGIVE AND TO FORGET. WE SEE IN VERSE 13 THAT HE IS OBVIOUSLY STILL WITHIN THE SAME TWO COVENANTS AS ONE IS GOING TO BE REPLACED BY THE BETTER NEW COVENANT OF JESUS CHRIST. THAT'S WHAT THE HEBREW BOOK IS ALL ABOUT. THEN HE MAKES A STATEMENT IN VERSE 13 IN THAT THE NEW COVENANT MUST MAKE THE FIRST OBSOLETE. NOW, WHAT HAS BECOME OBSOLETE IS GROWING OLD AND READY TO VANISH AWAY. THERE IS CERTAINLY GREAT BEAUTY AND LOVE AND GREAT WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT. BUT TODAY WE ARE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT. WE ARE UNDER CHRIST'S COVENANT AND WE ARE SERVANTS OF CHRIST AND NOT MOSES. THEREFORE, HE SAYS ONCE AGAIN AND I QUOTE, “THAT I WILL BE THEIR GOD AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. DO YOU REALIZE TODAY THAT WE ARE THE NATION OF GOD? WE'RE NOT THE NATION OF ISRAEL UNLESS YOU WANT TO SAY THE NATION OF THE SPIRITUAL ISRAEL, WHICH WOULD ENCOMPASS ALL JEWS AND GREEKS OR GENTILES WHO HAVE OBEYED JESUS CHRIST AND FOLLOWED HIM. WE ARE THE NATION OF GOD AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

WE NOW BEGIN TO TURN OVER TO OUR MAIN TEXT OF THE DAY THAT I THINK REALLY SHOWS BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT WHAT IT IS THAT GOD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND CONCERNING THIS TOPIC. IN FIRST PETER CHAPTER 2, WHAT DOES HE SAY ABOUT US? WILL, WHO IS HE TALKING TO HERE? CHAPTER 1 OF 1PETER SAYS THAT HE IS TALKING TO THE PILGRIMS OR THE CHILDREN OF GOD WHO WERE OF THE DISPERSION IN PONTUS, OR GALATIA OR CAPPADOCIA OR ASIA OR BETHANIA AND THEN HE SAYS THIS IN VERSE TWO, “THE ELECT ACCORDING TO THE FOREKNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND FATHER, THOSE WHO WERE EVEN SPRINKLED WITH THE BLOOD, WHO HAVE BEEN OBEDIENT TO THE THINGS OF GOD.” HE'S TALKING ABOUT CHRISTIANS. WHEN HE GETS OVER INTO CHAPTER 2 AND HE IS DEALING WITH WHAT WE WANT THE FOCUS ON IN VERSE 9, HE IS TALKING TO THE CHURCH. HE'S TALKING TO CHRISTIANS IN THE CHURCH, NOT A CHRISTIAN BUT CHRISTIANS WITHIN A CONGREGATION. WHAT DOES HE SAY IN VERSE NINE? HE SAYS, “BUT YOU PILGRIMS WHO WERE CALLED OUT, YOU PILGRIMS WHO WERE CLEANSED IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, YOU CHRISTIANS ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION. YOU ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD AND YOU ARE A HOLY NATION,” AND THEN HE SAYS THEY ARE HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE. WELL, ISN'T THAT A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT? AREN'T THOSE REALLY NEAT CONCEPTS IN THE FACT THAT WE, AS WE HAVE ALREADY LEARNED, ARE A PART OF THE CHOSEN. GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU TO BE HIS CHILD IF YOU ARE OBEDIENT TO HIS WILL. HE CHOSE YOU THROUGH THE PLAN THAT WAS PREDESTINED IN JESUS CHRIST. HE CHOSE YOU TO BE HIS CHILD AND TO BE HIS FAITHFUL CHILD. THEREFORE, AS A CHRISTIAN, YOU ARE OF THAT CHOSEN GENERATION. FOR WHOEVER HAS COME TO GOD AND OBEYED HIM ARE OF THAT CHOSEN GENERATION. THAT'S WHAT WE READ BACK IN CHAPTER 1:1-2. HE ALSO SAYS HERE THAT WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD AND NO LONG UNDER THE OLD LAW AND GOING TO A SPECIFIC PRIEST. THE HEBREW WRITER CLARIFIES FOR US THAT UNDER JESUS CHRIST WE HAVE BUT ONE HIGH PRIEST AND THAT IS THE MAN HIMSELF OR GOD HIMSELF-JESUS. THEREFORE BRETHREN, YOU CHRISTIANS ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD. HOW DO WE APPLY THAT? WELL, WHEN I PRAY I DON'T PRAY THROUGH ANOTHER MAN. I PRAY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST DIRECTLY TO GOD. SO WHAT HE IS SAYING IS THAT YOU ARE A PRIEST OF GOD AND I AM A PRIEST OF GOD. YOU MUST OFFER YOUR SERVICE TO GOD. YOU MUST WORSHIP YOUR GOD. NO MAN WORSHIPS FOR YOU ANY LONGER. NO MAN IS STANDING BETWEEN YOU AND THE FATHER ANY LONGER. YOU ARE A PRIEST, BUT NOT JUST A PRIEST, YOU ARE A ROYAL PRIEST. YOU ARE ROYALTY BECAUSE YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD. IF YOU WEAR THE NAME OF GOD, THEN YOU ARE ROYALTY. SO YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION AND A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD. HE ALSO SAYS THAT YOU'RE A HOLY NATION. CERTAINLY, WHAT WOULD MAKE THE NATION OF GOD STAND OUT FROM ALL OTHER NATIONS IS THEIR HOLINESS, THEIR DESIRE TO BE AS HOLY AND RIGHTEOUS AND PURE AS GOD IS, SO WE MUST BE A HOLY NATION. THEREFORE, WE DEFINITELY QUALIFY AS HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE. WE ARE SPECIAL TO GOD. WE WERE NOT ONLY CREATED AS ALL OF THIS WORLD WERE CREATED, WHAT IS IT? 6 OR 7 BILLION ON THE EARTH, BUT WE HAVE RESPONDED AND OBEYED SO THEREFORE WE ARE THE CHOSEN GENERATION, THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, AND THE HOLY NATION. WE ARE THE VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE OF GOD SO THAT WE MIGHT DO WHAT? HERE IN THIS SAME TEXT HE SAYS, “PROCLAIM THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO HAS SAVED US.” HOW? THROUGH OUR LIVES, THROUGH OUR WORDS, THROUGH OUR SERVICE TO A LOVING GOD. IF WE HAD TIME, WE COULD LOOK THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE CHAPTER. IN CHAPTER TWO YOU CAN SEE THAT WE ARE IDENTIFIED AS LIVING STONES. LIVING STONES THAT MAKE UP....GUESS WHAT VERSE TWO SAYS? THE SPIRITUAL HOUSE OF GOD, THE PRIESTHOOD OF GOD. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT. WE ARE GOD'S HOUSE, WE ARE GOD'S TEMPLE.

I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SEE WITHIN OUR DISCISSION THIS MORNING AS BEING GOD'S PEOPLE HOW THIS THINGS REALLY APPLY TO US AS THE CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD. I THINK PAUL DOES A GOOD JOB OF THAT. IF YOU WILL TURN BRIEFLY OVER WITH ME TO SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER SIX. WE TURN HERE FOR MANY DIFFERENT THINGS AS FAR AS LEARNING WHAT IT IS THAT GOD CHALLENGES THE CHURCH TO BE OR WANTS THEM TO BE. IN THE SAME TEXT WE SOMETIMES ARE ABLE TO SEE THE LOVE HE HAS FOR CHRISTIANS WHO ARE OBDIENT. NOTICE THERE WITH ME AS HE HAS JUST CALLED THE CORINTHIANS TO HOLINESS IN VERSE ELEVEN. HE HAS TOLD THEM THAT THEY MUST MAKE A CHOICE: WHETHER THEY WILL BE YOKED WITH GOD OR UNBELIEVERS OR WHETHER THEY WILL BE YOKED WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS OR LAWLESSNESS AND HE CAN GO ON THERE AND SEE MANY THINGS THAT ARE CONTRASTED. WHETHER WE ARE OF GOD OR NOT OF GOD. THEN HE SAYS THIS IN VERSE SIXTEEN, “FOR WHAT AGREEMENT HAS THE TEMPLE OF GOD WITH IDOLS FOR YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD. AS GOD HAS SAID I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK IN THEM AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” WHAT IS IT THAT GOD DESIRED OF THE CORINTHIANS? THE SAME THING HE WANTS OF US AND THAT IS TO BE OUR GOD AND WE TO BE HIS PEOPLE. THE TEXT GOES ON TO SAY THAT WE SEPERATE OURSELVES FROM THE WORLD AND THAT WE SEPERATE OURSELVES FROM OTHER NATIONS SO THAT WE MIGHT BE THE SPECIAL PEOPLE, THE CHOSEN PEOPLE, AND THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD OF GOD SERVING HIM WITH OUR WHOLE OF MAN AND WITH OUR ENTIRE BEING ALWAYS GIVING HIM OUR VERY BEST SO THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED IN THE END. I ASK YOU TODAY: ARE YOU OF THAT CHOSEN GENERATION? YOU ARE IF YOU'VE OBEYED YOUR GOD. IF YOU HAVE NOT OBEYED GOD IN EVERY WAY THEN WHY NOT CHOSE TODAY TO OBEY HIM AND BECOME A PART OF THAT CHOSEN GENERATION.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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Isn’t it wonderful to be a special people of God? No greater name could ever be desired or worn. May we do our best to live up to the requirements of God as we glorify Him in all we do and say!