I will be their God, and they shall be my people. - 2 Corinthians 6:16
What a sweet title: "my people"! What a cheering revelation: "their God"! What a wealth of meaning is couched in those two words, "my people!"
Here is speciality. The whole world is God's; the heaven, even the heaven of heavens, is the Lord's, and He reigns among the children of men. But of those whom He has chosen, whom He has purchased to Himself, He says what He says not of others--"my people."
In this word there is the idea of proprietorship. In a special manner "the LORD's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage."1 All the nations upon earth are His; the whole world is in His power. But His people, His chosen, are more especially His possession, for He has done more for them than for others. He has bought them with His blood; He has brought them to Himself; He has set His great heart upon them; He has loved them with an everlasting love, a love that many waters cannot quench and that the revolutions of time will never in the least degree diminish.
Dear friends, can you by faith see yourselves in that number? Can you look up to heaven and say, "My Lord and my God: mine by that sweet relationship that entitles me to call You Father; mine by that hallowed fellowship that I rejoice to enjoy with You when You are pleased to show Yourself to me as You do not to the world"? Can you read the Bible and find there the guarantee of your salvation? Can you read your title written in precious blood? Can you, by humble faith, lay hold of Jesus' garments and say, "My Christ"?
If you can, then God says of you, and of others like you, "My people;" for if God be your God and Christ your Christ, the Lord has a special interest in you; you are the object of His choice, accepted in His beloved Son.
Family Bible reading plan
verse 1 Numbers 12, 13
verse 2 Psalms 49
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