The plan was masterful. God demonstrated His love for all people by completing the work He had planned for His chosen people, Israel, to accomplish. In Exodus 19, God tells Moses His plan: “Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. You shall speak these words to the sons of Israel” (Exodus 19:5-6).
Jesus’ sacrifice united all people. He became the cornerstone of a united kingdom where there is neither Jew nor Gentile, only the adopted children of God. In addition, the relationship between people and God transformed from a national one to a personal one. As Paul pointed out in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
As a united people, we are given the opportunity to release our grip on life and turn control over to the master designer and executor of plans. When God is in control, He leads us to a life of transformation from defeated people to fulfilled and purposeful evangelists and disciples. We remain focused on Him and His plan, and He continues His work in us until we join Him in Heaven or in the air!
God has always loved us. As His creation, He has done everything to assure that we can spend eternity in fellowship with Him and with the entire body of believers. We must choose each day to relinquish control of our lives and allow God to lead us through the power of His Spirit. As we do, the tools the enemy employs to divide us will be of no use, as we remain united in Christ, our Cornerstone.God bless you.
11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, [i]excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off [j]have been brought near [k]by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the [l]barrier of the dividing wall, 15 [m]by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might [n]make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, [o]by it having put to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [p]saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy [q]temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
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I choose this day to let Christ live , rule, and reign in me. Thanks for the reminder