The Gospel preached elicits a response. For some the message of Christ Jesus is a welcomed blessing compared to the miserable religions of the World which demand performance. For others the message of Christ brings contempt and opposition. Here we see that the response of the Jews to the message of Christ led to the message of Christ being brought to the Gentiles.
We today live in the 'Times of the Gentiles' during which Israel and the Jews will be dominated by four Gentile world powers: Babylon, Medo-Persians, Greece, and Rome which is today embodied in the West. But one day, at Christ's second coming, the fifth Kingdom of Daniel's prophecy will smash the four Gentile kingdoms, and Jesus Christ will establish His Messianic kingdom which will never end. During the Messianic kingdom, the nation of Israel and the Jews will once again be the focus. The tables are turned with Israel and the Jews being in control. And the living Gentiles will become Israel's friends. They will honor the Jews as God's chosen, blessed people. The Gentile nations will become the servants of the Jews, helping them to relocate to their promised land and to rebuild their cities including Jerusalem. The wealth of the Gentile nations will also flow to Israel. What attracts them to help Israel will be LIGHT-- the light of God seen in the Jewish people, and the light of God in the person of Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the World. They will be drawn to the light. We who are followers of Christ today are also to be lights in this world. We must let our light so shine among men that they too might be drawn to Jesus Christ, the Light of the world.
The questions of where have we come from and where are we going are questions that immeasurable ink has been spilled. These are two of the crucial questions in life and it is to these two questions that Jesus speaks in this portion of John 7. We need to understand Jesus' origin and destination for in understanding His, we understand our own!
I. Fellowship with Gentiles seemed unbiblical.
A. To the tenor of the Old Testament.
B. To Jewish authority.
II. Salvation of Gentiles was the issue.
A. As God proclaimed it.
B. As God provided it.
III. Acceptance of the Gentiles followed.
A. When criticism was silenced.
B. When God was glorified.
The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our ongoing series through the Book of Ephesians "The Glory of Christ in the Life of the Church." In this message, Pastor Carl returns to look at Ephesians 2:11-13 in a sermon titled "Brought Near by the Blood."
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How do we dissect the Mystery Program that was given to Pau by direct revelation from the resurrected Jesus Christ? Why was it hidden? Was God patient with Israel? In what ways was Israel blinded from recognizing Jesus as their Messiah? What does Matthew 12:31-32 really mean?
What do the Jewish people need? Land? Peace with their neighbors? Money?...What they need is the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The Apostle Paul preached the Gospel to the Jew first and then the Gentile, showing his audience that Jesus Christ fulfills the Words of the Prophets, the promise of God. There is only one way to be freed from the debt of sin, and that is faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the great deliverer of those who trust in him. All the nations of the world are in view yet even Israel blindness in part has happened to the covenant people. God will redeem his people as a remnant people will be saved.
Today, guest preacher, Phil Mummert, looks at the first chapter of Jonah. Our familiarity with this small book can lead us to overlook important aspects that can address our lives today. While we may think that Jonah's actions are clearly wrong, how often do we believe that we can disobey clear commands of God? What else can we learn about ourselves, about God, and about Jesus when we take some time looking at this chapter?
Often times Godly behavior and affection is caught rather than taught. Godly examples help us to know how to live out the Christian faith. In these verses we see the Christ like examples of three Jewish converts who exemplify what affection for the body of Christ and the Kingdom of God looks like. Brothers bless the church!
This Week on "The Friends of Israel Today" Radio:
Of all the people in the world, the apostle Paul said, the Jewish people need to hear the gospel most—but they also should understand God's judgment better than all others. Paul used the phrase "to the Jew first and also to the Greek" several times in Acts, demonstrating the Jewish people's central role in God's plan of redemption. As Chris opens a series on the transformational truths of the book of Romans this week, you'll discover the life-changing, major focus of Romans: the hope of the gospel and the eternal redemption we can find in Christ!
Link to Show Notes: https://radio.foi.org/2023/09/08/september-9-2023-pauls-letter-to-the-romans-part-1/
We have had a miniseries in this portion of Romans on Christian Liberty. We all Jew and Gentile have a gracious Hope through the Power of the Holy Ghost, but it so much greater, in the peace we have even now.
The Gospel of the Kingdom - Message 102 - Parable of the Wedding Feast - Matthew 22:1-14. Jesus uses three parables to demonstrate the failure of the religious leaders in Jerusalem to respond to God's call and the consequences of their failure for Israel. In this third parable He warns the religious leaders of the destruction coming to Jerusalem and the universal invitation of the gospel sent to all peoples.