Koinonia By Terri White Essay

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"Get out of your country, from your kindred and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3)God called Abram out of the land of Ur because He wanted a people for His name -- a people who express His character on this earth, a people who expose His glory on the earth, a people who are different from the rest of the human beings in the world. God wanted the nations to look at this people and see what people are like when they know the Lord God.Under the Law of Moses, the people of God were distinctive in two ways: (1) The Law included civil, legal, health, religious, and domestic regulations. God knew how to live, and when Israel walked in the Law, they were superior to all other nations. (2) God was present with them. The tabernacle was built to God's exact specifications. All other "gods" came as they pleased and/or were territorial. After the people fashioned a golden calf (Ex. 32), God told Moses that He would give him the land, but that He was not going. God would send His angel before the Israelites. Moses refused to go without God's presence because he knew that it was God's presence that made them different from the rest of the nations (Exodus 33:15, 16).Why does God want a people for His name?God designed man to only be complete, satisfied, and happy when living for another. Because only a loving God can bring people to their highest level of fulfillment, it's an act of love on God's part to encourage us to live our lives not just for family, but also for God. Therefore, God is most glorified when man is most satisfied in Him, and man is most satisfied when God is most glorified by his life.When Jesus, the seed of Abraham, walked the earth, He fleshed out what it is like when one is living in and for the glory of God. He was the expression, or ultimate model, of what a people of God should look like. The coming of the Holy Spirit continues that expression in His people.There has always been just one Israel -- in the Old and New Testaments -- and it has always been the Israel by faith. It started with Abraham (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4), and continues today in the New Covenant for both Jews and Gentiles. Under the earlier covenants, His people were marked by the their obedience to His commandments and by His presence. In the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit marks the people of God:". . . We are the temple of the living God. As God has said: 'I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.' " (II Cor. 6:16)"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you [singular], whom you have from God, and you [singular] are not your own?" (I Cor. 6:19)The above scriptures reveal that the Holy Spirit expresses Himself...

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