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Who are God's people?


Jews? Christians? Both?

Thank you for asking a question on This is your Bible. I am assuming that you mean ‘Who does the Bible say is God’s people?’

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God’s people are the descendents of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob known as Israel.God saved them out of Egypt and made a covenant with them through Moses.
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Deuteronomy 14:2 "For you are
a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

Deuteronomy 26:18 "Also today the LORD has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments,

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The details of God’s dealings with Israel and his promises to them have come down to us as the Old Testament.The Old Testament explains why we die (Because Adam disobeyed God) and how we can be saved from death by resurrection through the promised Messiah. The Messiah was to be a descendent of Abraham through David of the tribe of Judah.
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Jeremiah 23:5 "Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

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This descendent was Jesus Christ.
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Matthew 1:21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
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In this way salvation comes through the Jews.

John 4:22 "You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

This is the promise made to Abraham.

Genesis 22:18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."

Paul tells us that this seed is Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3:16 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.

This brings us to the New Testament.
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The New Testament is the record of the life, teachings and sacrifice of Jesus Christ the descendent of Abraham and David through whom the Old (Mosaic) Covenant was fulfilled and is replaced by a New Covenant made available to all people.

Hebrews 8:6 But now He (Jesus Christ) has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.8 Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah 9 "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. 10 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

To have part in this New Covenant we have to believe the Gospel, be baptised by immersion in water for remission of sins and try to live the rest of our lives by the commandments of Christ. By taking heed to the commandments of Christ, God’s law is written in our hearts and we become the people of God.

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved;

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By being baptised into Christ we become Abraham’s seed and heirs of the promise.

Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

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By obedience to the Gospel of Christ we who are not Jews by birth become the people of God by adoption.

Titus 2:14 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.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light;10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

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If we become Christ’s he will raise us from the dead to everlasting life in the kingdom of God.

John 6:40 "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."

1 John 3:1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

We do not go to heaven when we die (as some teach); we sleep in the dust awaiting the return of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Paul tells us what is going to happen.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.27 For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

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This will be the fulfilment of the declared purpose of God.

Numbers 14:21 "but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD—


We shall then truly be the people of God with God dwelling in us forever.

I hope this helps.

Glenn Smith
 
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