"The People Which Thou Hast Purchased" 

Exodus 15:16


Moses speaks of God's people as "the people," a specific number of people distinguished from all others, "which thou hast purchased." In his divinely inspired song of praise to God for redemption, salvation, and grace, Moses tells us that the Lord God has a people in this world whom he has purchased.

     Who are these people? They are the people of God's choice, his peculiar people. These purchased people are those men and women with whom Christ's delights were from everlasting. They are peculiarly and distinctively his (Deut. 7:7-9), chosen in electing love (John 15:16), redeemed by his precious blood (I Pet. 1:18), called by almighty grace (Psa. 65:4), and given faith in him by the operation of his Spirit (Col. 2:12). The people of his purchase are the people he predestinated to eternal salvation and the people for whom he prays (Rom. 8:29-30; John 17:9, 20). If you are a believer, you are one of the people he has purchased.

     Christ alone is the Purchaser of his people. Moses says, "Thou hast purchased." He alone is able and willing to do it, for he alone is both God and man. He alone has the lawful right to do it, for he alone is our near Kinsman able to redeem us. And he alone has done it. When the Word of God speaks of redemption, it speaks of it as something already finished. "Thou hast purchased." "Ye are bought with a price" (I Cor. 6:20). "Christ hath redeemed us" (Gal. 3:13).

     The price by which Christ has purchased his people is his own precious blood (I Pet. 1:18; Rev. 5:9; Acts 20:28). Nothing so thrills a ransomed sinner like meditating upon the precious blood of Christ and the purchase he has made with his own blood. It is a special purchase. Christ purchased a special people, with a special price,for a special purpose, because of special love,to enjoy special blessings of grace and glory forever. It is a legal purchase. The people were named who would be purchased. The price was agreed upon. The purchase was made. And it can never be invalidated (Isa. 43:1). It is a full and complete purchase. This is the greatest purchase ever made. Christ has redeemed and purchased a great multitude, which no man can number, who could not have been redeemed by any price other than his own precious blood. Thank God for Christ and the purchase he has made with his own precious blood!



Don Fortner