MONDAY September 21, 2020
God Can Be Found
For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
Paul was called to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. His office was that of an Apostle, “one to be sent out.” He declared his ministry to the Jews and they hated him for it. Yet Paul never gave up his countrymen. His love for them is seen when he tried to provoke them to jealousy in an attempt that some may be saved. Paul knew he would have to give his life for Christ; he knew he would eventually be killed. Those around him hated him; especially the Jews, he could feel the tenseness of their hatred.
Paul had made a distinction between the Jew and the Gentile. He taught them both––faith in Christ. The Jews were caught up in the Old Testament sacrifices, ordinances––works. Yet there was a new requirement, faith in Christ––not works. Some Jews came to Christ, just as some Gentiles had––but not all. God had cast away Israel for a little while, but in the end, a remnant will be saved.
Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah. This made a way for the Gentiles to receive salvation. How is the world reconciled? John the Baptist declared, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:9). The Jews sacrificed a lamb to cover sin, but Jesus, as the Lamb of God, takes away sin––once and for all (Hebrews 10:1-18). The Jews could not accept it.
The Church has been called to go out into the world to preach the Gospel. Christians need to reach the nonbeliever. They are outside of the Church! What has God called you to do? Know that He will equip and empower you. When God opens doors to serve Him, in obedience, you must take a leap of faith knowing you have a mission to accomplish! Time moves so quickly––days, weeks, and months. Will your mission be accomplished?
Expect great things from God––attempt great things for God.
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