- God Is Always with His People
- God Knows His People
- God Loves and Is Faithful to His People
- God Shows Grace to His People
This section looks at some basic factors underlying God’s interaction with his people. They show that God’s relationship with his people is not an aloof, impersonal one – far from it. God is always with his people and they can actually know him. Complementary to this is God’s great love and steadfast faithfulness towards his people. Undergirding all God’s interaction with his people is his truly amazing grace.
[God:] Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Joshua 1:5b ESV
[Jesus:] And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20b NET
Note that most of what this and the following chapters in Part D. God and His Own People say about God is also applicable to Jesus Christ.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9b ESV
The Lord himself will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forget you. Don’t be afraid and don’t worry. Deuteronomy 31:8 NCV™
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Psalms 46:1 GW
[God:] When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not harm you. Isaiah 43:2 NET
The Lord said to Moses, “I will do this thing also that you have requested, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Exodus 33:17 NET
In Exodus 33:17, “I know you by name” indicates: intimate knowledge – “I know you very well” (GNT, NCV); and a personal relationship – “I know you personally” (AMP); “you are my friend” (NLT, cf. CEV). A similar comment could probably be made regarding the like expression in John 10:3b.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8 NET
[Jesus Christ, to the church in Ephesus:] I know the distress you are suffering and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews and really are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Revelation 2:9 NET
[David, to God:] You are good to us and forgiving, full of constant love for all who pray to you. Psalms 86:5 GNT
Wicked people have many troubles, but the Lord’s love surrounds those who trust him. Psalms 32:10 NCV™
[God, speaking of David:] My steadfast love I will keep for him forever, and my covenant will stand firm for him. Psalms 89:28 ESV
God’s love is “steadfast” – constant and reliable.
The Lord always proves faithful and reliable to those who follow the demands of his covenant. Psalms 25:10 NET
Not one of the Lord’s faithful promises to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; every one was realized. Joshua 21:45 NET
What God does for his people is based on his “grace” – his free and undeserved favour. God’s grace in the believer’s salvation is discussed earlier (cf. We are justified and made righteous by God’s grace, through Jesus Christ – not by law; We are saved by God’s grace rather than by works). This section speaks of the ongoing role of God’s grace in his people’s lives.
[Paul, to the Corinthians:] And in their [needy believers’] prayers on your behalf they long for you because of the extraordinary grace God has shown to you. 2 Corinthians 9:14 NET
Here Paul speaks of God’s grace in moving the Corinthians to generously give towards supporting needy believers.
Out of the fullness of his [Christ’s] grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. John 1:16 GNT
[The writer, to believers:] Do not let all kinds of strange teachings lead you from the right way. It is good to receive inner strength from God’s grace, and not by obeying rules about foods; those who obey these rules have not been helped by them. Hebrews 13:9 GNT