What does it mean to be God’s chosen people?
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. – Deuteronomy 7:6
We first need to know what it meant that the Jews were God’s chosen people. The ultimate purpose of God choosing the Jews as His people was to eventually bring about the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would save the world. If Jesus had simply been born at a random time to a random people group, they would not have been prepared for His message.
God chose the Israelites (eventually known as the Jews), and preparing them for the coming of Christ by giving them instructions to follow, as well as preserving them and communicating with them through various prophets. The Old Testament records how God created, set apart, and preserved the people group He had chosen.
God first promised the Savior/Messiah after Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3). Later, God specified that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 12) Later still, He narrowed the Messiah’s ancestry to the line of David (2 Samuel 7) – GotQuestions.org
How then did Christians come about?
Christians came about when Jesus, who was/is God, came to earth as the Messiah (savior) that the Jewish people had been waiting for. That begs the question of why there are still two separate groups today – Jews and Christians. This is because when Jesus came He was not the great, earthly king that many Jews had envisioned their savior would be.
Many Jews began following him, but many other Jews rejected Jesus as the Messiah, even though Jesus demonstrated to them who He was by performing miracles among them. The Jews that rejected Jesus were looking for a great warrior king to save them from Roman oppression, not a loving Savior willing to be sacrificed for their sins. The followers of Jesus became known as Christians and those Jews who rejected Jesus stuck to who they were.
Since the Jews are chosen… are Christians wrong?
The Jews, as we saw, are God’s chosen people through which Jesus Christ came. Jesus came and proved Himself to truly be the Messiah and then He took the punishment for the sin (wrong doings) of all people on Himself.
Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles (non-Jews), are under the power of sin. Romans 3:9
It does not matter whether you are a Jew or not—we all are sinners (people who have rebelled against God’s in some way). Therefore, we all will be separated from God when we die (2 Thess. 1:9), because God is perfectly righteous and perfectly just while we are not. We, as imperfect creatures, cannot be in the presence of a perfect God. Since we have rebelled against Him, He must punish us because He is just, as an earthly judge would be just in his punishment of someone who did wrong.
However, God knew we would need someone to pay our fine—to take our punishment for us—and that is why Jesus (God) came to earth. He was the only one who could take the punishment for all people, because He was the only one who lived a life without sin. He died in our place. He paid our fine. So whether you are a Jew or are not God has made a way for you to be made right with Him!
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved… For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:9-13
If that is something you have never done and God is tugging on your heart, don’t hesitate—don’t wait another moment. Pray right now to God. Confess to him that you truly have rebelled against Him, tell Him that you believe Jesus really did pay for your sins when he died on the cross, and ask Him to come into your heart so you can live for Him!
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Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will be free indeed. – John 8:35-36
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