Christ Lives IN Me
For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
The Israelites knew they were God’s chosen people because God had given them his Laws. But what about Rahab? She was not an Israelite, yet she is prominently mentioned in the Great Hall of Faith from Hebrews 11. It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies (v.31). She even became King David’s great-great grandma! (And great X29 grandmother of Jesus!) She simply heard about the One True and Living God going before the Israelites in the dessert and believed, and we will meet her in heaven, for sure.
This goes to show that God’s chosen people are anyone who would believe in him. (John 3:16 says “whosoever”) One is NOT born into it. There were plenty of unfaithful Israelites who knew the Law very well but were not faithful, and they were not saved. God rewards the faithful – all people who believe in him. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) He gave us Laws to show us how to live while we are being faithful.
Good and moral people can be found everywhere, but that doesn’t mean they believe in Jesus. I believe that the only difference between me and an unbelieving neighbor is that God is not holding my sins against me anymore because I believe in his Son. And because of that, Christ lives IN the me! And he will come be with anyone who believes in him regardless of how good they are or not.
God doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed according to 2 Peter 3:9. And we are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are (Romans 3:22), a Gentile, Jew, preachers or prostitute.
Thank you for your reward system. It’s really just an unheard of amount of grace being poured out to people who can’t pay you back or offer you any goods or services in return. But I LOVE you because of your grace and love for me. Thank you for not creating a club that’s impossible to join, but instead you’ve made all things possible for me because of Jesus. Thank you for Jesus! I love you so much and pray in his name, amen.