And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession, as he has promised you, and that you are to keep all his commandments,” (Deuteronomy 26:18, ESV)

The word that the ESV translates “treasured possession” here means “something that is owned and of very high value or something for which the owner has special affection.”  This is both flabbergasting and extraordinary because, let’s face it, neither Israel nor we who follow Christ by faith today are “worthy” of the special affection of the Lord.  Indeed, the Bible goes out of its way to say again and again that the Lord didn’t choose Israel [or us] because of some remarkable trait in them/us that made us “choosable.”  God chose to make us a treasured possession out of the good pleasure of his own will.  Like I said, flabbergasting.

Lest we think this is true of only the nation of Israel, Peter goes out of his way to make clear that we who follow Christ by faith are members of God’s covenant using much the same terminology that Deuteronomy does here:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV)

If you follow Christ by faith, dear reader, you are God’s treasured possession, not because of what you have done, or how smart you are, or beautiful, or powerful.  You are God’s treasured possession because he set his love on you because he could…and he did.

 

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