Day 8

The King’s People

from the The Kingdom of God reading plan

Hosea 2:23, Romans 8:12-17, Ephesians 1:3-14, Ephesians 2:8-22, Revelation 1:4-6, Revelation 5:1-10

BY Melanie Rainer

People from every nation will share in Jesus’s kingdom inheritance and mission. 

For Lent this year, my daughters and I set a goal to read an entire storybook Bible together. Each night, we curled up on the couch, and my husband or I read a chapter or two to them. I love watching them see how all the stories fit together, telling one story that is also our story. Abraham had no family, but God made him one. That family became a people, who God called His own. They had no land, but God promised them one. They had no king, so God gave them one. And on and on the story goes, of disparate people bound together by the love of their good God. Now all believers are the heirs of all those promises, which Jesus fulfilled and will fulfill completely, for all time, when He returns to reign as King. 

Today’s readings come from throughout Scripture, the Old Testament and the New, from Paul’s letters to John’s final Revelation. And they tell the whole story, tying up loose ends, asides, and confusing metaphors: the story of God’s people, Jews and Gentiles, and the redemption accomplished on the cross by Jesus, unifying them forever. Here, in Revelation 1, we see the sweeping scope of Scripture in two verses:

To him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by his blood, 
and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—
to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5–6).

From the beginning in Genesis, God loved us. The book of Hosea reminds us of the plan He always had, to call a people who were not a people His own (Hosea 2:23). Peter later uses this same language: “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people” (1Peter 2:10). 

In Romans and Ephesians, Paul paints a picture of the unity of Christ’s followers: the diverse, vast, deep, wide, and encompassing body of people who are loved by God. He calls us words like “children,” “heirs” and “co-heirs,” “sons,” “fellow citizens” and “priests” to describe the Jews and Gentiles unified through Jesus into one family, one inheritance of glory (Romans 8). 

The unity is hard-won, however, and incomplete until the day Jesus returns. The body of Christ is fractured, as it has been since Paul and Peter argued with other believers at the Jerusalem Council over how Gentile believers were to behave now that they had become followers of Jesus (Acts 15). 

Church history is replete with examples of church councils and conflicts, denominational splits and debates. We hole up with our theological tribes and shoot arrows at each other from our keyboards, forgetting that Scripture is the story of God calling us together into His kingdom—and that our job isn’t to win the fight, but to pursue the peace that Jesus won for us on the cross. 

When we read Revelation 5, God reminds us that our future home is not full of people who look, think, act, read, or believe exactly how we do. In fact, Jesus secured the opposite by His blood: a beautiful, diverse kingdom from every tribe, language, people, and nation, unified forever by the God who loves them all as His own (Revelation 7:9–10).

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32 thoughts on "The King’s People"

  1. Nads says:

    I am SO late reading this… EXCELLENT devotion, Melanie!!! So we’ll expressed.
    God bless

  2. Amy Westendarp says:

    I love the beautiful celebration of diversity in this.

  3. Jennifer Ficklen says:

    I am thankful that we will not all be the same in Jesus reign or Gods kingdom. I love diversity and different thoughts.

  4. Suze Hand says:

    Peace and unity that we will eventually have but struggle to achieve at present. May we bring glimpses of God’s kingdom here and now as we seek his peace and unity!

  5. AZ Walker says:

    I loved the SRT podcast that was released today – so good! I have been struggling with worry and anger over the division in our country – in our churches – with our family and friends and feeling like I am right and they are wrong. I think Ellie said it is not our job to change their minds. Jesus would invite them to dinner and speak the truth. Take the speck out of our eye, speak truth and let the Holy Spirit dwell in us! She also said to be a good listener – listen to others stories and open our hearts to other points of view – neighbors that are different than us – and learn of ways others are suffering that we may not have understood. I know all this but it gave me such peace and hope to hear it today! I have an inheritance and am so loved and so grateful ❤️ And want to be generous with the mission I have to live for God.

  6. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Wow Churchmouse. Beautifully said. Thank you. You are so right. Glory to God.

  7. Kristen says:

    I was thinking of this version of the song: Is He Worthy. This was recorded last year when people weren’t gathering at church. The woman with the glasses and bluish purple sweater caught my attention as she is worshiping God. She seems so sincere. Look at her countenance and the others too. May we all worship the Father reverently and joyfully. May it be that we never forget or minimize what our Savior has done. Here is a link:

  8. Mari V says:

    Praying for you Sarah D.

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