Romans 1-2~Day 59~ I'm Jewish?

As we finished Acts we read, "The brothers and sisters there (Rome) had heard we were coming, and they traveled as fas as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us.  At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged." (28:15)

The believers that went to see Paul were most likely the ones who received and read the letter we are starting today.  Paul hadn't traveled to Rome yet, so these people only knew Paul through this letter.  He wrote to them at least two years earlier when he was in Corinth, getting ready to leave for Jerusalem. So, these Christians traveled a long way to see someone they grew to admire, through a letter, received over two years earlier!

I wonder if I would have traveled to see Paul?  I guess I would have if the letter was life changing.  Boy, these thoughts are getting me excited to see what the letter says....let's get started!!....

So, I just finished the first two chapters.  It's hard to start a letter and then stop...who does that after receiving a much anticipated letter?  The first two chapters are about man's sin and God's judgement of that sin.  If I was the original recipient of the letter and stopped there, I don't think I would want to pick it up again!  But, I peeked ahead, (as some of you know I do, when I read books)...the letter get's better! I actually like how Paul sets up his letter.  It's important to start with the basics and make sure everyone is on the same page.

This verse that stuck out to me today, "..a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code..."(2:29).  Paul is pretty clear here that Christian's can be called "Jews" in the true sense of the word and those by physical decent, but not Christ followers, are not Jewish (in the true sense of the word).  That's interesting, don't you think?  I've never called myself Jewish!

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