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Gentiles Owe the Jews

Posted in Romans, Romans 15

Romans 15:8-12

Gentiles Owe the Jews

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Introduction

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

The Bible Encourages Us

Posted in Romans, Romans 15

Romans 15:4c-7

The Bible Encourages Us

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Rom. 15:4c (Holman) . . .and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.

Scripture teaches us (v. 4a), strengthens us (v. 4b), and as we now learn, encourages us. When tidal waves knock us down, when weakness brings us low, Scripture helps us rise again.

“This is my comfort in my affliction, for Thy Word hath quickened me” (Psalm 119:50). “Unless Thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in my affliction” (Psalm 119:92).

The Book is a friend who sits up with us all night when we are in pain. It is a companion that never leaves our hospital room. Even if the physical book itself is removed, its precious truths are hid in our hearts and we recall them for our help.

When beneath a load, Scripture whispers encouragement to us. God has not forsaken us. We are not in a fatalistic world, pawns of luck and chance. Our loving Father is guiding and guarding.

Scripture teaches us; nothing comes to us but from our Father, and for our good. We do not always understand, but must acquiesce. Even in a thorn’s pain we know a rose is near. God is close. We cannot see all, but cling to Him who can.

Rom. 15:4d . . .so that we may have hope.

Scripture anchors us. Our life is a voyage; hope is the anchor (Heb. 6:19) that keeps us from being lost at sea. If the wind is calm and t