Many Members, one body; that is the description of the Church. This is the true and only unity in diversity, for all their efforts the worlds attempts at creating such unity continues to prove itself a failure apart from Christ. When Truth is denied, the only unity that can exist is unity in error, a complete oxymoron. But this is the corrupt forgery the world continues to attempt and continues to create only division. The Church is many members, but One Body in Christ.
The Transformed Life Testifies of God 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:1-2) It is not the mere commitment of our lives to be presented as a living sacrifice, that is sure…
20201101 Present Your Bodies a Living Sacrifice Romans 12:1 Firstly, let me acknowledge to you that there is a vitally important section of Romans 11 that I have need to come back to. I would expect possibly yet another four sermons in that chapter remains. But it is not yet the time to preach it, nevertheless it certainly will be attended to in due course if the Lord wills. We have patiently enjoyed the greater part of the Book of Romans…
The fall of Israel made way for the salvation of the Gentiles, how much more blessing will come with their fullness? This is the argument given by Paul, Israel were always set by the Lord to be a blessing to all the families of the Earth
We have all knowns what it is like to miss out on something very important, but we have also known what it is like when an opportunity has opened up that we might be able to take advantage of. It might be a job opportunity that was made available through an individual stepping down, or a position on a team or a play etc, when someone else has, for one reason or another, decided to step aside and left an opportunity for another to step in. In just such a way does the passage before us speech respecting what has occurred with Israel and his fall respecting his rejection of the long-awaited messiah. Israel made a way for the gentile, “through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles”. (Rom 11:11)
Well, it’s one of the biggest questions in theology, Has God cast away his people Israel? It’s not questioned because there is any lack of clarity on the answer, the answer is presented with ALL clarity even in the very next two words in the text, “God forbid…”. It is a big question because the preference of many church denominations is that Israel had been done away with and the blessings conferred upon them by God in the Old Testament should now pass onto the Church, but this is not the biblical case. Satan, and all others who HATE Gods people Israel, desire them done away with, they hate whom God loves and have denied the very plain statement that “God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew” (Rom 11:2).
was a foolish nation that found the lord, he says “I was found of them that sought me not”. No gentile sough the Lord, yet he was made manifest to you and I.
All heard the Gospel in Israel, they heard it over and over during the millennia before Christ came. They heard it again when he walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea. They heard it yet again during the lifetime of the Apostles of the Lord in the first century. and you have heard it if you have listened to this message. All heard the Gospel, the most incredible hope for all the world.
The Bible teaches that “faith commeth by hearing”, it is when the word of God is heard that people respond. Not all will accept the Gospel, yet it is that alone that has been ordained by God to reach the lost.
They Have Not All Obeyed The Gospel 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (Rom 10:16) I remember when I was a boy watching the television series Get Smart (It was the original show with Don Adams not the new one with Steve Carell). There was always a secret envelope for the mission that Smart was commanded to undertake. He had to ensure he understood the message properly, that he got…