Jesus and the Gentiles

In our previous discussion, we talked about what the apostles said about salvation to the Gentiles.  God offers salvation to each one of us, if we accept His gift of grace and believe in Jesus Christ, that He took all of our sins to the cross and paid the full penalty.  He died and rose again that we may be saved, the Jew and gentile alike.  Jesus came to this world for that very purpose. Continue reading “Jesus and the Gentiles”

Salvation to Gentiles

Long ago God had a plan to give salvation to the world.  Israel was God’s chosen people.  But He did not stop there.  He promised Abraham not only would his descendants become a great nation, but that all people would be blessed through him.  Jesus Christ came into this world, as a descendant of Abraham, fully human and fully God, to save the world.  Time and time again, Israel rejected God.  But in His mercy He still loved them and gave them hope.  Many rejected Christ as well, but God in His grace offered salvation through Jesus Christ to Jews and non-Jews alike.  The gospel was spread through the apostles and He chose Paul specifically to preach to the Gentiles to bring salvation to them.  To us!  What an honor to be part of God’s family.  I am so grateful that He offered eternal life to me, a gentile, a sinner.  But through Jesus blood, I am declared righteous.

In this post we will look at the words of the apostles of how salvation can be obtained by the “uncircumcised,” the gentiles.  The next post we will see what Jesus said about it. Continue reading “Salvation to Gentiles”

The Angel of the Lord…The Lamb of God

Jesus reveals Himself throughout the Bible…even in the Old Testament.  The Old Testament points us to Christ.  Throughout the OT, God shows that we are sinners.  He also shows that He loves us and provides a sacrifice for our sins, a way to eternal life.  He shows us that He desires our heart.  He is a God of mercy and love.  The covenant He made with Abraham goes far beyond His Chosen People, the Israelites.  He will bless all the nations through His Son, who would be the Lamb of sacrifice for us. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord…The Lamb of God”

Let the Children Come to Me

God has high regard for children.  Throughout scripture He speaks of children often, that we are to love them, care for them and even be like them.  He calls those who believe children of God.  He sent His Son as a Child, to become the Savior of the world.

Mark 10:14-16

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.  Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. Continue reading “Let the Children Come to Me”

Mt. Sinai or Mt. Zion?

Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion both are real places, but they are also symbolic.  Mt. Sinai is the place Moses received the ten commandments and represents the Law.  It represents legalism and works.  It represents fear.  Mt. Zion is where Christ was crucified.  It represents grace.  It represents Jesus’ blood that paid for our sins so that we may be forgiven and saved.  It represents heaven.  Many choose one or the other.  Which would you choose?  Of course, those who are believers and have accepted the grace that God has given us to be saved, it does not mean we ignore the ten commandments.  The difference is we want to honor God and be obedient to Him because of His grace and because we love Him, not so that we can earn favor with Him.  We cannot.  There is one way to salvation and that is through the cross.  It is through Jesus Christ and Jesus alone. Continue reading “Mt. Sinai or Mt. Zion?”