Saturday, June 29, 2019

Romans 3-5~ Day 60~There is no distinction!

Today we are half way through the four month reading plan! This is going fast!  Notice there are 3 chapters today and its not "light" reading!  You gotta put your thinking cap on for this reading session. But, I liked it!

I have learned that there are at least two camps on just about every topic under the sun.  I kind'a thought that wouldn't be the case in the Christian world, but it's true there too.  I have just recently learned that there are two schools of thought related to the Jewish people when it comes to end times.  One camp thinks that God has a unique plan for Jews just before Jesus returns to gather his people.  The other school of thought does not believe that there are promises that need to be fulfilled to the Jewish people alone before that final day.

I couldn't help think about these two schools of thought as I did today's reading.  These verses stood out to me:
"So what advantage does the Jew have?...they were entrusted with the very words of God." (3:2)  That is special!  But, that doesn't indicate special treatment in the future.  They completed that task once the Word of God became flesh (John 1:14).

Then Paul asked. "What then? Are we better off? Not at all!" (3:9)

Paul goes to great lengths to explain that Jews and Gentiles are the same in God's eyes- no special treatment of one group over the other.  "The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction." (3:21)

I also like how Paul explains how Abraham is the father of all who have faith.  You have heard me say this yesterday- but I'm going to point it out again, I am a true Jew.  Believers, those of faith, are the true Jews that the promises of the Old Testament are given.
"This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants." (4:16)

All that being said,....I think I know what camp Paul was in as far as a unique plan for Jews at end times.  It seems to me that if there is a unique plan, it involves those of faith, not those who have been born to a certain race.  What do you think? 

2 comments:

Keri Sukut said...

My thought is that God's love for His chosen people in beyond what we can imagine. We saw Him through history and still today protect and sustain their nation because He loves them so much. I too believe that there is no special door to access eternal life with God - Jesus is the only way - but it would be in line with God's heart to keep making deliberate and specific attempts to turn the Israel's heart toward Him

Walking with The Way said...

It’s definitely God’s heart to draw people to himself.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.“ John 6:44
Yet, again the New Testament does not speak to a special interest to one race or the other.
I particularly love the following verse that applies to all people. This verse gives us another peak into God’s loving character for all people.”
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”