Who Is God’s Chosen People?
Are they the Jews or the people of Israel?
Who have the legal rights to the Promise Land?
Once upon a time, the land of Israel was promised to the descendants of Abraham. They inherited the land but lost it because of their disobedience and stubbornness to God.
The land was captured by one country after another until finally a group of people claimed the land as their own and was made the state of Israel in 1948. (Wikipedia.com). Are they the rightful owner?
Is this land holy? Is this country the only place where you can worship God? The Samaritan woman asked Jesus the latter question and He told her:
“The hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:21-24)
Christ clearly stated that salvation originated from the Jews because God chose this nation to bring salvation to the world. But, the hour is coming which is right now where the true worshipers will worship God in spirit and truth because He is Spirit.
These words are significant to us because we are living in the dispensation where the spiritual realm is more important than the physical.
The Jews could not fulfill the commandments of God; neither could they make the Sabbath Day holy (Exodus 20:8).
The Jews failed but Jesus succeeded.
The Son of God came into the world to remove the sin (curse) (John 1:29).
Christ’s ministry on earth fulfilled the laws and prophecies and He introduced us to the spiritual form of worship (John 3 &4).
Christ’s death and resurrection removed the separation between man and God (Hebrews 10).
Therefore, we no longer worship God by physical means such as animal sacrifice or in a specific temple, but we worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4).
Consequently, no country or race of people is more important to God. We are all unique in the sight of God but separated from Him because of sin.
But, through Jesus Christ, we are reunited with God and become partakers of His inheritance (Romans 8:12-17). The believers in Christ are now the chosen generation and the royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).
Abraham’s descendants include all of us and his blessings are passed on to the believers in Christ. The blood of Jesus Christ is the new covenant. (Jeremiah 31:31-32, Mathew 26:27-30; Hebrews 8:1-13).
The promised land is no longer a country. It is a spiritual place in God where we can build and develop our relationship with Him. This particular location is also called God’s secret place, His sanctuary or rest.
When you abide in this place, the Lord will nourish, comfort and strength you. It is the hiding place of God where you can take refuge and be safe from all the wars and pestilences of the enemy.
Our warfare is not against flesh and blood but spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12 ).
Our guide and protector is the Holy Spirit and God’s holy angels who are fighting the battle in the spiritual realm on our behalf.
Additional References: Psalms 91: Genesis 12