The Israel of God? Huh?

Last night in my Asbury Small Group Connection (by the way, quick plug, if you’d like to sign up for one of our Small Group Connections, you can click here) we finished up Galatians. Galatians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. It deals with grace, and law, and faith.

And, as Paul ends this letter, he is reminding the people of what he has stressed to them throughout the letter – you are saved by grace.  Not by action. Not be the law, not by anything you can do.

You are saved by the grace of God. That’s it. That’s the list.

As I told my group last night, there’s nothing you can do to make God love you any more.  Nothing.  You can’t make God love you anymore. He simple loves you more than you’ll ever imagine, right now.  You can’t make God love you any more.  You can’t make God love you any less.  He simply loves you.

Remember that.  We aren’t faithful to make God love us. We are faithful because that is the response of a thankful heart.

And Paul ends this letter on grace and love with these words:

For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

It’s that last phrase that I love.  All who walk by grace will be the “Israel of God.”  Notice when you hear those words in scripture, it’s normally the “God of Israel.”  Here is the Israel of God.  Paul spends time throughout Galatians saying that those that live by faith, not the law, are the true children of God, and they can claim the promises of the Old Testament.

Here, Paul calls those of us that believe, the “new” Israel.  And he is saying in that, that we belong to God.  We are His.  He claims us.  He owns us.  We are His.

You, today, are the Israel of God.  Your identity, your worth, your everything, it comes not from anything you can do, it comes from what He has done.

Today, above all else that counts in your life, there is this.  You are a child of God. Remember that.  You are His.  That’s what counts. That’s what matter.  You are His.

Today, remember who you.  Remember whose you are.  You are the Israel of God. Don’t forget.

 

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