In the biblical age, there were a people of God distinct from the rest of humanity.
In Old Testament days, those people were the physical descendants of Abraham – that is, the Jews, or ancient Israel. In New Testament days, those people were the spiritual descendants of Abraham – that is, those who embraced Christ in faith, whether they were of Jewish or Gentile physical descent.
In our day – that is, since biblical times, – all people are the people of God. This was what Jesus died and rose again to achieve: that He would be Lord of the living and the dead, the Jew and the Gentile, the believer and the unbeliever. The New Testament church was the prototype of the new age that would come – that is, the day of Christ. We live in that day.
God created all people; it’s only logical that He would redeem all people. Let none of us think that we are more precious in His sight than another. In the biblical age it was necessary for there to be a people of God because He was working a plan of salvation and bringing a revelation of Himself to the world through ancient Israel and its greatest citizen, Jesus of Nazareth. Now that His plan of salvation has been accomplished, however, He – and we – can cast away distinctions between ourselves.
We, the human race, are the people of God. To God be the glory!
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