Ever notice that Christians have these fancy terms that few if any other people use? And some of the words may have a different meaning in scripture than how the average Joe would use it (like faith). Some of these terms are critical to the gospel message. I tried to make sense of it all and I hope I can explain in a way that is easy for all of us to understand. As I studied these, it was quite interesting to see how these words are used in the Greek and throughout the scriptures. I don’t know Greek, but googling the Strong’s definitions of the Greek/Hebrew terms and looking at the context in the Bible has helped quite a bit. We will discuss some of these terms in the next few posts. Let’s begin with the scripture that is the heart of the gospel message and incorporates most of these terms. I hope you read on and that God blesses you and gives you and me more insight. Continue reading “What’s that mean?”
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”