Becoming the true Israel of God
In the introduction to his second epistle, the apostle Peter exhorted believers in every generation, saying, ‘Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ 2Pe 1:10 11.
Those who are making their calling and election sure are Jacob. Confessing this amazing truth, King David wrote, ‘Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully [through sorcery]. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face.’ Psa 24:3 6.
We are not merely ‘like Jacob’; nor is he a picture to us of something else; nor are we simply learning from his example. We are Jacob. His journey to become Israel is the journey that belongs to those who are choosing their calling as a son of God, and who are embracing their fellowship in the offering and sufferings of Christ.