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. Mercy says:

    All glory be to Jesus who died to purchase people for God by his blood, from every tribe, language, and nation. He is worthy of all praise. Let all that have breath praise the Lord. Let us walk wisely after the Spirit and live worthily of His sacrifice, in words, deeds, and attitude.

    Sarah, praying for your focus in your last week of college. You are almost done. Don’t be sad, another exciting chapter is waiting ahead. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength to finish strong!
    Melody Bates, praying for your family and your aunt’s family. May strength and hope be poured out.

  2. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I want to always love and live like I am God’s daughter.❤️

  3. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I pray that I would live in a place of peace with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray we would be United in Christ.

  4. Melody Bates says:

    The Kingdom of Heavon and being with God, as believers, is our future. I myself look forward to that day when there will be no more pain, sorrow or death.

    Right now our family is preparing to say goodbye to a beloved aunt. She told her husband yesterday that she was ready to be with Jesus. While we are all selfishly grieving what we are losing, I cannot help but to rejoice in what she will be receiving.

  5. Sarah D. says:

    Hi all, if you could please pray for me this week. It’s my last week of college and finals, and I’ve already cried multiple times within the last week. I have so much to do in schoolwork, plus all the emotions of graduating is really hard. I’m going to miss my school so much. Please pray for strength, that I would do well in my tests/lab report/finals, finish strong, and trust God with my future. Love you all.

  6. Bailey Wilson says:

    Lord I pray that we would seek unity in those who have hurt us. Life can get so lonely Lord when we harbor unforgiveness in our hearts, making a home for grudges and bitterness. Tear down the stone walls in our hearts that are festering with these things and flood us with love. Help us, Holy Spirit, to forgive those who hurt us. Give us a warm heart that seeks unity, even when it’s scary and unknown Jesus.

  7. Emily McGrath says:

    Amen! ❤️❤️

  8. Makenzie Benish says:

    Loved this day. I really appreciate the non-denominational aspect of SRT. it’s so refreshing since I live in the Bible Belt.

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