I will establish my people in the land and make them prosper. I will show love to those who were called “Unloved,” and to those who were called “Not-My-People” I will say, “You are my people,” and they will answer, “You are our God.”
– Hosea 2:23 (GNT)
In the Old Testament, the people of the world were divided into two categories which were “People of the Covenant” and “People without the covenant”. People of the covenant were Israelites and the other people were regarded as Gentiles; people who were without God and therefore without law! Gentiles were not considered fit to even obey the law because they weren’t God’s people in the first place. They were considered people who are already rejected by God while the people of the covenant may be cursed if they break the law.
Well, although God used Israelites to prepare and carry out His plans for saving the entire world from the snares of the devil, God never hated the Gentiles as we all thought! He loved every human He created and has plans for everyone. Throughout the Bible, we keep seeing places where prophecies made it clear that God had plans of making Gentiles His people. Let’s consider these things from the opening text:
1. God will establish His people and make them prosper.
2. God’s people includes those regarded as “unloved” and those regard as “not-God’s-people”.
3. Both Gentiles and Israelites are all loved by God
When God said He will establish His people, He wasn’t referring to Israelites alone! He made it clear that His love will be shown to the Gentiles too and that promised was fulfilled in Jesus. Whether Jew or Gentile, you are loved by God and have been saved by Him! You can plug into this salvation by believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour! The Bible says in Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
POINT TO NOTE
God never hated the Gentiles from the beginning even though it was thought so because His plans had not been revealed as we see it in Christ today! God loves all His creatures the same! In Christ, God’s will is fulfilled and you are God’s people no matter your background or colour! Your salvation is not on the basis of the law but on the basis of what Christ has done!
“I am loved by God the way I am and I, therefore, walk in that Love! I have access to everything meant for God’s people. I am established because I am rooted in Christ.”
Thank you precious father for loving me and saving me! I reaffirm that you are my father and I am your child!
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