OUR IDENTITY

I found a few verses about who we were, either Jews or Gentiles, and how God has given us His identity. Now we have become God’s people.
   
1 Peter 2:10
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”*

Even the Jews, at a point, were not God’s people.       
Hos 1:6
6 Soon Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to Hosea, “Name your daughter Lo-ruhamah—’Not loved’—for I will no longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them.
   
Hos 1:9
9 And the LORD said, “Name him Lo-ammi—’Not my people’—for Israel is not my people, and I am not their God.

Glory to God that it was part of His plan to make us all His people: both Jews and Gentiles.
23 At that time I will plant a crop of Israelites
and raise them for myself.
I will show love
to those I called ‘Not loved.’
And to those I called ‘Not my people,’
I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’
And they will reply, ‘You are our God!'”
   
Rom 9:25
25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea,
“Those who were not my people,
I will now call my people.
And I will love those
whom I did not love before.”

And for we Gentiles, our identity as God’s people is a treasure. For God to make us a part of His people through the disobedience of the Jews.

Rom 10:19-20
19 But I ask, did the people of Israel really understand? Yes, they did, for even in the time of Moses, God said,
“I will rouse your jealousy through people who are not even a nation.
I will provoke your anger through the foolish Gentiles.”

COURTESY: AMEYAW BERNICE AMA

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