5/17/17 Adopted Into God’s Chosen Family

“In the beginning, God chose the Jews to be His people, set apart from the rest.  He taught them His laws.  He showed them how they were supposed to live.  He took care of them, sending them rulers and prophets to govern them and to warn them of what was coming if they disobeyed.  He loved them, and so He forgave them when they turned against Him again and again through the thousands of years after God chose Abraham and his family.  Now, Jesus has come.  He is God’s Son.  He came to show us how to love God and each other.  He came to do what nobody in all of history could ever do – live a completely sinless life – so that He was able to do something else that nobody else in history could do – take the sins of all the world and all of time upon Himself in death, sacrificing Himself for all in order to forgive once for all.  And He did just that.  Then He came back to life again, doing more than paying the penalty for our sins.  He gave us the promise of eternal life, free from even the temptation of sin, with Him in Heaven.  Now you who believe are in the same position as the Jews.  You are God’s chosen people, set apart, loved, and the heirs of His promise of Heaven.  As such, you should live in such a way that you show God’s love to everyone.  Be merciful to others.  Tenderize your hearts.  All that you do and say to others should be done and said out of love for them, the same kind of love that God shows us.  Be kind, serving others gently, patiently, and humbly.  Be willing to suffer and endure hardship for what is right in God’s eyes, submitting humbly to those in authority over you.  But as you stand up for what is right in God’s eyes, you must also be patient with one another, forgiving sins against you as God has forgiven your sins.”

 

Colossians 3:12-13

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