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Saturday 14 October 2023

What Does Jesus Say About Who Are The People Of God?


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It's very simple: those who do the work of the father and believe him are of God. Those who reject him are of the devil. This is true of all people who reject him. There are no exceptions.

"39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

John 8:39-47

Jesus originally said this to the Jews, likely the Jewish leaders, who opposed him. But it applies to any people who reject Jesus. They set themselves against God. 

So for those who say Israel are the people of God because Satan clearly hates them, you really need to take a step back and think. That the devil hates and tries to hurt a nation does not prove they are God's people. Satan hates all nations and he will stoke up war wherever he can. 

Many African countries are constantly at war, especially in the north. Why? Satan hates them. Europe was constantly at war until after World War 2. Why? Satan hates them too. Eastern Europe is the centre of slave trade and sex slavery in the world, it was constantly raided by enemies and to this day conflic keeps happening there. Does this make them God's obvious people? No, but it is certain that Satan hates them too. 

A broad view of the world and history dispels a lot of myths and reveals Satan is no respecter of any nations. Mulism countries are invaded and attacked more than Israel, does this make them God' people? No. That would be a silly position. Satan hates all people, even his own who reject Jesus, which means people of all nations who do so. 

Satan hates his own servants, he does not care about his own. He hurts them and tries to hurt every nation he can. Under the Ottoman Empire the region now called Israel, but then called Palestine, was at peace for some time. Now it is at constant war. Some regions get peace for a time, like us in Australia at the moment. But before settlement indigenous tribes in Australia were at constant war with each other. Satan is a murderer and loves to hurt people. 

Being hated by other nations is not proof of anything, except that Satan hates the nations and will stir up strife, war, and terror where he can. And where there is hatred and strong divisions he has easy work doing it.

Pray for peace as much as you can. Because the devil is roaming like a lion looking for people to devour and he loves using war to rack up souls.

1 comment:

  1. You would be the only Rev. Pastor in Australia preaching this message. May God continue to bless you and yours, Rev.