Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,
“ Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles,
And I will sing to Your name.”
Again he says,
“ Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.”
“ Praise the Lord all you Gentiles,
And let all the peoples praise Him.”
Again Isaiah says,
“ There shall come the root of Jesse,
And HE who arises to rule over the Gentiles,
IN Him shall the Gentiles hope.”
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Has it dawned on you before that we serve and worship a Jewish Messiah? He originally came for the sake of the Jewish people, and by the grace of God, his salvation extended across borders to the Gentiles of America.
In other words, God has accepted both Jew and Gentile; therefore we are here commanded to accept one another. Christ has accepted us and likewise we are to embrace one another, especially the weaker Christian that we have been learning about who has a tender conscience.
We mentioned yesterday that Christians are called to a radical self-denial. Today we see that Christ has become a servant to two groups, the Jews and the Gentiles; and in the biblical world, that means everyone. So if you are trying to determine who you should be a servant to, know that if the person is either a Jew or Gentile; they qualify.
- What is the knowledge of God’s salvation coming to the gentiles suppose to fill us with?
- Does Paul commonly argue for the truthfulness of the New Testament based upon the Old, or does he argue for the truthfulness of the Old Testament based upon the New?
- What should we glorify God for?