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Deuteronomy 7:6-7 ** “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples.”

The setting of the book of Deuteronomy was in the desert east of the Jordan River which is now located in the nation of Jordan. The Lord spoke these words to Moses just prior to entering the Promised Land. This was more than 400 years after Jacob’s (Israel’s) family moved to the land of Egypt. Israel’s descendants continued to be tested by the Lord for 40 years in the wilderness (Deut. 1-3).  However, because of rebellion against the Lord (which continues today), millions of our Lord’s holy people perished because of continual unbelief of His promise to Abraham of a wonderful pre-prepared land. Sadly, the same situation continues to this day for the rebellion of the world continues to crush the patience of our Creator. God’s chosen in this present day are the least of all peoples and are those (Jew and Gentile) that truly believe the Messiah Christ Jesus is preparing a new Promised Land for his holy people. God has set His love on His holy people who will inherit the new Promised Land. Christ tells us in Matthew 7:14 that the gate is narrow and the way difficult and few will find it. For only two of Israel’s descendants (Joshua and Caleb) that departed Egypt entered gloriously into the Promised Land. In these difficult times today, will you be one of the few?

1 Peter 1:15-16 ** (Rest your hope fully upon our Lord’s grace) as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44-47)

To follow the narrow road leading into the Promised Land, we must allow God’s Holy Spirit to put to death all that is contrary to the Messiah Christ Jesus. We cannot ignore unbelievers that are just being moral. For they should see clearly the way believers that follow Christ practice forgiveness, anger, and hate. When you walk with Christ, you are dead to sin but alive to God. For you were spiritually crucified and buried with Him that we should no longer be slaves to sin. For he who has died (you and me) has been freed from sin. (Romans 6:7). When we become as obedient children of God, all our conduct should be holy as our Creator God is holy.

Once baptized, we begin to understand the meaning and value of the work of God who sacrificed His only Son, the Lamb of God. Our burden then drops and we enter into liberty. With liberty we become holy. We become adopted into the family of God and desire to conform continually to Christ, who has set us free to follow His narrow path by being holy as is our Heavenly Father God holy.

With the free gift of liberty given to those that keep His commandments we develop a since of love to bring our souls out of the prison of this wicked world. Needless to say, The Lamb of God, Christ entered into prison with us so He could demonstrate a sense of zeal to recover His lost sheep. This sense of zeal will continue until he has recovered every soul that develops the love of God by keeping his commandments of love. Are bible values reflected in your own attitudes and practices?  In Romans 15:3-4 NIV, Paul wrote: For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written (Psalm 69:9): The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. ** Note that everything written in the past was the Torah and Tanakh, which mankind today calls the Old Testament. The words of Christ, Paul and other disciples were not written and assembled until many years later.

When we develop the love and zeal of Christ, we now have self-denial. For Christ said in Matthew 16:24: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” ** Although rich, Christ became poor and did not please himself but lived on earth to please others by healing, raising from the dead and preaching the gospel, the words of His Father God; teaching the only way to enter the narrow way into the coming Kingdom of God.               

Becoming holy simply means peace with God through His son Christ Jesus by his divine sacrificed blood which has washed away our sins. Once we accept and begin to walk with Christ, “no condemnation” begins a changed life of freedom, self-denial and zeal. We cease to know the law of our creator as our enemy and become “holy, just and good” with peace, joy and delight in the law. Paul again tells us in Romans 7:22: For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man (inner being). King David begins his Psalms by saying in verse one: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked…..verse two: But his delight is in the law of the Lord…..  Paul again tells us in Romans 8:4: that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. ** Christ did this so that the requirement of the law would be fully accomplished for us who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. With love we walk upright for the world to see, for we have been pardoned from our prisons and will not suffer the coming wrath of God.

God wants you to know 4 things: 1. You must know you are a sinner! 2. You must know you need a Savior! 3. You must confess and abandon your sins! 4. You must turn to Christ with faith that He will beg His Father God to pardon you from the coming wrath!

May the peace of our Lord rest on each soul that reads and understands this message of God’s truth!