Spurgeon: May AM* 05/05/AM
"I will be their God, and they shall be my people."
--2 Corinthians 6:16
What a sweet title: "My people!" What a cheering revelation:
"Their God!" How much of meaning is couched in those two words,
"My people!" Here is speciality . The whole world is God's; the
heaven, even the heaven of heavens is the Lord's, and He
reigneth among the children of men; but of those whom He hath
chosen, whom He hath purchased to Himself, He saith what He
saith not 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 lot of His inheritance." All the
nations upon earth are His; the whole world is in His power; yet
are His people, His chosen, more especially His possession; for
He has done more for them than others; He has bought them with
His blood; He has brought them nigh to Himself; He has set His
great heart upon 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: mine by that sweet relationship which entitles me to call
Thee Father; mine by that hallowed fellowship which I delight
to hold with Thee when Thou art pleased to manifest Thyself unto
me as Thou dost not unto the world?" Canst thou read the Book of
Inspiration, and find there the indentures of thy salvation?
Canst thou read thy title writ in precious blood? Canst thou, by
humble faith, lay hold of Jesus' garments, and say, "My Christ"?
If thou canst, then God saith of thee, and of others like thee,
"My people;" for, if God be your God, and Christ your Christ,
the Lord has a special, peculiar favour to you; you are the
object of His choice, accepted in His beloved Son.