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Transformed Disciples

Adam and Eve in the Garden of EdenFrom the dawning of time, God has possessed a people for himself. Adam and Eve as the founding family lived in community with God in the Garden of Eden. They were the prime "called apart ones." When Joshua led the nation of Israel across the Jordan River even though "a called apart people" it still did not flourish because of their sinfulness. God warned the people, time and again through the prophets but they refused to hear him. All this time, God was planning a new thing!

A New Thing

Shepherd of the SheepGod decided to come down in the person of Jesus and shepherd his people back to himself. From the root of Israel, the Body of Christ blossomed as a people who were chosen and called apart to venerate and obey the living God. Almighty God told us that like Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1.5, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." The phrase "I knew you" may be translated as "I chose you." Isaiah repeated the sentiment in Isaiah 43.1, "But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: 'Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." The early apostles and disciples were transformed into "a called apart people who were special to God."✞

"Called Apart People"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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