As he said also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.…
I. THE MISERABLE CONDITION OF "THIS PEOPLE" AT THE FIRST — "Not My people." What an awful position is that of nations, families, or men where they are not God's people. What privileges they lose! What anticipations they are without! How empty their existence! How fearful their prospects! It is evident that nations have been under this denomination. There was not a country, except the Jewish, in ancient times that knew anything about the living God. And at the present day there are those nations which revel in their ignorance of Divine truth. Besides which, even in Christian lands, only a small proportion truly serve the Lord God.
II. THE BLESSED CONDITION OF "THIS PEOPLE" AT THE LAST. There is a remark-able contrast. They are the same people. But their condition is changed. They are to become not only God's people, but God's children, not only His servants, but His heirs. The change is a remarkable one, for it —
1. Involves a change of nature, disposition, heart, character, and it manifests the power of Divine grace which can so transform "stones" into children.
2. Alters the condition and future of those who are its subjects. They look forward to a period of blessedness in a Father's house.
(J. J. S. Bird, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.