GOD'S RELATIONSHIP TO HIS PEOPLE
BY: RUSSELL MCLAUGHLIN
God has always had a people who are to be distinctly His people (II Chron. 7:14 and I Peter 2: 9-10). When God brought His people out of Egyptian bondage, He revealed His identity to them in Deuteronomy 4: 35-40, which was quite comforting. These characteristics of our Heavenly Father still exist for His people, the Church, today.
God has a people. To them He is:
A God Who is Exclusive: “That you may know that Jehovah He is God: besides him there is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:35). Also, in verse 39, “upon the earth beneath: there is no other.” God must be first and foremost in our lives, and we must worship Him alone.
A God Who Reveals His Will by Instructions: “Out of heaven he made you to hear His voice, that He might instruct you…” (Deuteronomy 4:36). He does not condemn without first revealing His will. We are not at the mercy of personal dreams and whims. In the last days, He hath spoken to us by His Son, Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 1:1-2). The Bible is given to us by God to instruct us how to live, how to be saved, and how to worship God. Paul says this in II Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” As His people, we must study and practice the teachings of the Bible. The gospel of Jesus Christ is complete and final and has been revealed to all, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,” (Titus 2:11).
A God Who Loves: “And because He loved your fathers…and brought thee out of Egypt by His presence and great strength.” (Deuteronomy 4:37). To us, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). Consider this text, “9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10 God is Love!
A God Who is Powerful: “…to drive out nations from before you greater and mightier than you…” (Deuteronomy 4:38) For us there is no power great enough to separate us from the love of God.” (Romans 8:35-39). Paul say’s, in Ephesians 3:20, “20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”. God will take care of us!
A God Who Provides for His People: “…to give you their land for an inheritance…” (Deuteronomy 4:38) To us God says, “…will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5). In Matthew 6:33 we see that God is there for us and provides what we really need. Paul proclaims, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). God sustains His people.
A God Who Rewards Obedience: “And you shall keep His statutes, and His commandments, which I command you this day, that it might go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land…” (Deuteronomy 4:40) To us, He says, “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life…” (Revelation 22:12). Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15). We must not only know and appreciate God’s will, but we must obey it.
There is no relationship greater or sweeter than that of a loving father and loving children. God has done His part. As His children we need to give Him the right response and live as His people.