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The Purpose Of God’s Peculiar People

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Do you ever think very much about why Christ saved you? Christ wants us to become a distinct people set apart from the rest of the world. He desires a special people whom He is not ashamed to call His own. God desires a people through whom He can reveal Himself to the rest of the world. He has ordained a people to reflect His glory. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

God revealed Himself and increasingly unfolded the meaning of His covenantal purposes to the people of Israel. They were called to be a special people of God. God redeemed them from their slavery to Egypt and gave them His Law. The Law of God distinguished Israel from the other nations of the earth.

Through the distinguishing marks of His influence upon Israel, God was revealing Himself to the world. The purpose of Israel was to reveal God to the world. They revealed Him by their actions, their sacred writings and songs, and by their form of worship. Sin, however, prevented Israel from achieving its purpose.

The failures of Israel and its great leaders served to demonstrate the need for God’s grace, which would be fully revealed in Christ. God’s grace gives His people the power to be his peculiar people. We are redeemed and purified through Christ. We are God’s chosen people. We are called to reveal the character of God to this world, in our lives. Whatever we do and say is to reveal God’s moral goodness to the world.

The daily life of a Christian exerts an influence on those around him. This influence affects the eternal destiny of his family, friends and the ones he comes in contact with. Can you honestly say you are making a good impression for God?

As Christians, we can help others to make progress toward God through the example of our godly living. But, our lives can also have the opposite effect. We must exert a godly influence. God has blessed us with His wonderful grace and therefore, living godly lives is the least we can do for the Lord after all He has done for us. As faithful followers of Christ, our lives become the means by which others may know the Lord and follow Him.

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