Joop tells us about the people of God and how we can become part of it.
15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him were all things created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. 18 He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.19 For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him; 20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross. 21 You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, 22 yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before him,
Today I’d like to talk about who we are as a people of God.
Sometimes Christians themselves do not understand who they are; they have no actual identity, that discerns them from non-Christians.
What would you say when people would ask you what it means to be a Christian?
What do you explain?
– Leading a different lifestyle?
– Belief in God
– Belief in the existence of heaven and hell and eternal life?
Sometimes we can’t explain why we’re Christians because we don’t know where we came from and what our actual status is.
So therefore, today I want to clarify our status in Christ.
Read: 1 Peter 2:9,10:
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. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Christians, Believers, Disciples.
1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, 5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.
In both sections the people of God are mentioned.
Peter explains who we are (a chosen people, a holy nation) and what our purpose as God’s people is: Proclaiming the excellencies of God, His wonderful dealings with mankind and the universe. Revelation reveals our future as a people of God.