Gentiles Owe the Jews
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
We must accept one another, receiving one another as Christ has received us (verse 7). Exclusiveness needs to be excluded. Jesus came to welcome all people, whatever their differences. We are to do the same.
Jesus proved He intended to overcome exclusiveness by trying to break down one of the most formidable barrier ever erected, the one separating Jews from Gentiles. Christ has united Jews and Gentiles on equal terms. This should motivate us to cultivate love and acceptance toward all.
Rom. 15:8a (Holman) Now I say that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God, . . .
Jesus said, “I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27). Jesus came to minister to people. His earthly servanthood was Jewish in nature. Jesus was a Jew, and His ministry was primarily carried out in the presence of Jews. This fact is often denied in times of intense antisemitism, but is nevertheless true.
Jesus was born, lived, and travelled in Israel. His only departure from Palestine was as a baby, when his dad took Him to Egypt to escape Herod.
Throughout His ministry, Jesus restricted His work mainly to Jews. Jesus came into contact with Gentiles only in indirect ways.
Rom. 15:8b-9a . . .to confirm the promises to the fathers, and so that Gentiles may glorif