A Special Treasure

As we continue to walk through the book of Exodus, we will look into Exodus 19. Exodus 19:5 says, “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine.”

Israel is now at the base of Mt. Sinai. God is speaking to Moses here, and giving him the message he is to deliver to the nation. God is outlining what it means to live as His people. It is important to understand that the Law is not how Israel was going to be saved. They had already been delivered and declared to be God’s people. The Law was designed to help them understand the nature of God, and His expectations of them as His children. The same is true for you and I. We are saved by God’s grace through faith, and not due to any merit in ourselves or anything that we do. However, if we have genuinely been saved then our life will reflect that in how we live. God here says that all the earth belongs to Him, this includes all the people. This doesn’t mean as some say that we are all God’s children. That false teaching is known as universalism, and has as it’s main teaching that everyone goes to heaven. God is identifying Himself as the Creator, and therefore the rightful owner of every thing. There is only one way to be saved, and that is by God’s grace through faith. It’s not enough to know of God or what He expects of you. Proof that we have bowed our knee to King Jesus is willful submission to Him through obedience to His word. If you want to be blessed by God, then we must live in a right relationship with Him. It is in this way that we see the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man working in harmony for the glory of God. Salvation is God’s plan accomplished by His means (Jesus’ death and resurrection). Obedience is man’s responsibility as a demonstration of our thankfulness for God saving us. Therefore, we will end by asking a very simple question, if you claim to be saved, what evidence is there in your life to support that claim? May we ask God to search our hearts, reveal our sin, help us to turn from it, and seek His help to live for Him each and every day.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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