His Treasured Possession
Allegedly, we no longer are the House of Israel, Christ’s own people. We are now redefined as gentiles of the world. [See Eze. 11:12]. But in making this grievous fundamental error, a massive lie undermining the foundation of Christianity itself, we’ve walled off access to the truth of our Biblical past. We lack faith, the conviction of the truth. And in so doing, we’ve dumped ourselves squarely into the evil pit of darkness, merrily following lies on the way to our destruction. [See the Feature articles, Christ Against Christians? and It's Still A Mystery].
However, in the Feature article, The Tie That Binds, we’ve seen that Christ ties the Old Testament to the New Testament. The Biblical record is one book written to the same people. As Christ pointed out, “... that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law, and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me.” [Luke 24:44].
Peter, the apostle upon which Christ, our Lord said he would build his church, told the first century Christians, "For you are the people holy to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be the people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth."
Oops. Peter didn’t write that. Peter wrote, “But you are the chosen generation [Greek, genos], the royal priesthood, the holy nation, the peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvellous light ...." [1 Pet. 2:9; as there is no indefinite article in Greek, ‘the’ rather than ‘a’ makes Peter’s point more precisely].
Sorry about the quote mix up. But they make the same point … people holy to God … holy nation … the LORD’s treasured possession … God’s own possession …. Well then, who wrote that first verse if Peter didn’t? Hold on. I’m looking it up. Let’s see. Ah yes, here it is. Moses wrote the first one. Moses!? Yep, right there in Deuteronomy 14:2. How about that!
Maybe that’s why in the Book of Acts, when Christianity was in its infancy we read, "Him [Christ] God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins." [Acts 5:31]. Remember, sin was defined as the transgression of the law covenant by Israel. [1 John 3:4]. And "From this man's seed, according to the promise [as written by Moses as we’ve just read], God raised up for Israel [not gentiles of the world] the Savior—Jesus— ….“ [Acts 13:23; see the Feature articles, Mirror, MIrror On The Wall and The Tale Of Two Covenants].
Lest we think that this Acts reference just applied to the first few years of Christianity, the apostle Paul wrote to Titus about 66 CE saying, “ … looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” [Tts. 2:13, 14; see the Feature article, We're Abraham's Seed And Heirs].
The doctrine Paul mentions here reverberates from our past. “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My [law] covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the Earth is Mine." [Exd. 19:5].
While we didn’t keep our obligations with the law covenant, and the House of Israel was divorced from God because of it [Jer. 3:8], Christ redeemed us from every lawless deed. This is the essence of the good news for His own special people. Yet, today we have been deceived so that we deny our rightful birthright and inheritance. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance." [Psa 33:12]. "But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham, My friend." [Isa 41:8]. Christ is our kinsman Redeemer.
The House of Israel is the seed of Abraham, Christ’s chosen inheritance, as the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. “I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.” [One of the tribes of the House of Israel, Rom. 11:1; Gen. 49]. Also, “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.” [Gal. 3:16].
Peter said we, the House of Israel, are the royal priesthood. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah also makes the same point. “But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, they shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast." [Isa. 61:6].
Moses too makes the same point about the children of Israel. “And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel." [Exd. 19:6].
We see confirmation of what Isaiah and Moses wrote for the House of Israel in the Book of Revelation, “… and has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever Amen." [Rev. 1:6]. The same point is made again in Rev. 5:10. And later in the Book of Revelation, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." [Rev. 20:6].
"Also today the LORD has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments, and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken." [Deu. 26:18, 19].
Our identity as the House of Israel is mentioned throughout the Old Testament in the context of the prophecies. But because we continue to refute our birthright as the House of Israel, insistent that we are gentiles and uncritically observing heathen customs in the name of our Lord and Savior Christ, we will suffer the events in Revelation. [See the Feature articles, The Little Horn: First Century Antichrist, Revelation 17: Big Brother and Our Corrupted Compass]. At Christ's return, a millennium of a thousand years of peace will bless the small surviving remnant of the House of Israel, " ... I will make with them a covenant of peace ... [they] shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. And they shall no more be prey to the heathen ... Thus, shall they know that I, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the House of Israel, are my people, says the LORD God." [Eze. 34: 25-30; see chapter seven, The Hijacked Elephant]. This is a very hard and costly way for us to learn our true Biblical identity.
As the House of Israel, in both the Old and New Testaments, we are the treasured possession of our Lord and Savior, Christ’s chosen inheritance. We can’t undo his choosing of us. We can reject it as most of Christianity does today, but not without deleterious effects. It’s time to throw off this cloak of deceit, the conviction of the lies, and through the strength of the Spirit of God take back our rightful heritage lost during the first few centuries after Christ’s first coming. As Peter wrote, we who are “the chosen race, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, the people for his own possession … proclaim the excellencies of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light …." [See Sneakers articles, This Old House and Birthdays Of The Gods].
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