The People Of God (2 of 2) by Jesse Hendley

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Jesse M. Hendley
Malachi 3:16-17

Turn with me in your Bibles to Malachi, the third chapter,
my friends, verses 16 and 17. The more I dig into this the
more I get out of it. It has been a wonderful thing to my
heart. We are thinking about GOD'S PEOPLE. Who are they?
How are they to be identified? We have already called your
attention to the characteristics of the people of God. Let
me read to you again the passage:

"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another,
and the Lord hearkened and heard it, 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."

Recently when my wife and I were on vacation we were with a
group of friends, and we were just reading together from
the Word of God, just reading precious truth from His Book.
I had not quite studied the context of this passage. But
afterward these words got hold of my mind and I studied it.

The first thing we see here is the characteristics of God's
people, and they are contrasted with those who are not
God's people. Those that "feared the Lord" spake often one
with another. We have called your attention to what "the
fear of the Lord" is in God's Word. We have called your
attention to the fact that pride is a thing that separates
men from God. Everywhere you turn you find proud hearts.

So in reading the text we find a distinction set between
those who are God's people and those who are not God's
people, by what they think and by what they speak and their
attitude toward the Name of God. For instance, in verse 13
God says to the ungodly, "Your words have been stout
against Me, saith the Lord, yet ye say, What have we spoken
against Thee? Ye have said (God said) it is vain to serve
God; and what ...

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