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THE PEOPLE OF GOD (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
If you have your Bibles, and I hope you have, turn with me
to Malachi, chapter 3, verses 16 to 18. We are studying
today a very important thing and that is "The People of
God." "The people of God" is a wonderful expression. It
runs all through the Bible, and it is in contradistinction
to those who are NOT the people of God, those who do not
belong to God in a real and vital way. There are some
people who believe that everybody is in the same
relationship to God; that isn't true. To be sure, God loves
the world. God loves every soul that comes into this world.
But God is peculiarly the God of those whom He calls His
We are going to study today three things about God's people
and about God. First, the characteristics of God's people--
-what are they like, how can they be identified? Second,
the hunger of God for the worship of His people. It is an
amazing thing, to think that God is "hungry" for anything.
Some of the great confessions of earth have seemed to deny
this and they tell us that God is All-sufficient. God IS
All-sufficient in the sense that He is All-powerful. But in
a strange way God "hungers" for the WORSHIP of His people!
Third (and the most wonderful part of this study today), is
the future glory of the people of God.
Now let's read the passage. It is Malachi, chapter 3,
verses 16 and 17. "Then they that feared the Lord spake
often one to another, and the Lord harkened and heard, and
a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that
feared the Lord and that thought upon His Name. And they
shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I
make up my jewels, and I will spare them as a man spareth
His own son that serveth him."
Let me remind you that Malachi wrote this book in days of
great apostasy. He is the last of the great prophetic line.
After Malachi's day takes place that period of some ...
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