By John LaVier
Reprinted from the August 1950 Timely Messenger.
God’s people are a SAVED people.
Theirs is not a hope-so salvation, but a know-so salvation. They know on the authority of God’s own Holy Word. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). Having believed, they are saved from sin. They are saved from the wages of sin, which is death. They are saved from the lake of fire, and the blackness of darkness forever. They are saved, not by their own works, but by God, “Who hath SAVED us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Tim. 1:9).
God’s people are a SANCTIFIED people.
“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through SANCTIFICATION of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13). Like the Corinthians, they were sinners of the deepest dye, yet now it may be said of them: “But ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11). Sanctification is that work of the Holy Spirit by which the believer, even before he is conscious of his justification, is set apart to God. It is based upon the redemptive work of Christ. “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10). Christ Himself becomes the believer’s sanctification. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).
God’s people are a SEPARATED people.
Just as God of old “put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel” (Exo. 11:7), so there is today a difference between the people of God and the people of the world. Jesus said, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19). The separation is to be manifested by God’s people, for the Lord’s command is, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye SEPARATE, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Cor. 6:17). Though in the world, God’s people are not of the world, and they are to walk in separation from the evil that surrounds them.
God’s people are a SPIRITUAL people.
Paul wrote, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the SPIRIT, if so be that the SPIRIT of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the SPIRIT of Christ, he is none of his” (Rom. 8:9). All of God’s people are indwelt by the Spirit, and their bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost. They are taught by the Spirit (John 14:26), they are led by the Spirit (Rom. 8:14), and they are empowered by the Spirit (Acts 1:8). They should all be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18) and manifest the fruit of the Spirit, which is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Gal. 5:22-23).
God’s people are a SEALED people.
The believer is instructed, “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are SEALED unto the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). Then in Ephesians 1:13, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED with that Holy Spirit of promise.” The words “after that ye believed” are in the Greek only one word “pisteusantes,” which means “believing.” Simultaneously with their believing the gospel, God’s people are sealed. First, the seal signifies a finished transaction. The work of our redemption has been completed. Jesus cried, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The seal also signifies ownership. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). They belong to God. His seal is upon them. Finally, the seal signifies security. They are sealed unto the day of redemption. There will be a safe delivery of God’s purchased possession at the end of the line. They are safe and secure in Christ. Sealed in Him so that all the legions of hell cannot touch them.
God’s people are a SEATED people.
The Lord Jesus, “after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Heb. 10:12). Those who have trusted Him and are resting in His finished and all-perfect work, are also seated with Him. “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us up together, and made us SIT together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:4-6). The saved are, in very truth, a heavenly people. Their names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Their citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20). Their home is in heaven (2 Cor. 5:1). Their blessings are in heaven (Eph. 1:3). Their inheritance is in heaven (1 Pet. 1:4). They are seated in heaven. As members of the Body, they are there with the Head, seated at the Father’s right hand in the heavenly places, “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”
God’s people are a SATISFIED people.
The prophet asked, “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?” (Isa. 55:2) Many there are today who are giving all their time and attention to the things of earth; seeking satisfaction in that which satisfieth not. How happy are those who have found Him Who alone can satisfy. “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he SATISFIETH the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psa. 107:8-9). Lasting joy, and peace, and satisfaction is to be found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. He satisfies. Daily, hourly, moment by moment, He satisfies. All through life’s journey, He satisfies, and when God’s children close their eyes to this earthly scene, and open them in the realms of endless glory—Ah! then, their satisfaction will be complete. “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be SATISFIED, when I awake, with thy likeness” (Psa. 17:15).