Morning, May 5, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” — 2 Corinthians 6:16
What a pleasant title: “My people!” What a reassuring revelation: “Their God!” How much meaning is implied in those two words, “My people!” Here is distinctiveness. The whole world is God’s; the heaven, even the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s, and he reigns among the children of men; but of those whom he has chosen, whom he has purchased for himself, he says what he does not say of others—”My people.” In this word there is the idea of proprietorship. In a special manner the “Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.” All the nations upon earth are his; the whole world is in his power; yet his people, his chosen, are more specifically his possession; for he has done more for them than others; he has bought them with his blood; he has brought them near to himself; he has set his great heart towards them; he has loved them with an everlasting love, a love which many waters cannot quench, and which the revolutions of time shall never suffice in the least degree to diminish. Dear friends, can you, by faith, see yourselves in that number? Can you look up to heaven and say, “My Lord and my God: you are mine by that sweet relationship which entitles me to call you Father; you are mine by that consecrated fellowship which I delight to hold with you when you are pleased to manifest yourself to me, as you do not to the world?” Can you read the Book of Inspiration, and find there the bonds of your salvation? Can you read your title written in precious blood? Can you, by humble faith, lay hold of Jesus’ garments, and say, “My Christ?” If you can, then God says of you, and of others like you, “My people;” for, if God is your God, and Christ your Christ, the Lord has a special, unique favor towards you; you are the object of his choice, accepted in his beloved Son.