- Oct 25, 2018
That's what I like to read, for God's kingdom is true love, and God is not evil to condemn people that have no choice but to reject the truth seeing no other alternative.
1 So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? 2 Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the spoken words of God.(Romans 3)
3 For I could almost wish to be cursed and cut off from the Messiah for the benefit of my brothers, my own flesh and blood. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises. 5 The ancestors are theirs, and from them, by physical descent, came the Messiah, who is God over all, praised forever. Amen.(Romans 9)
Here we can read where Paul is telling the believers in Rome of the status the Jews once had. They, and only they, had the words of God, the covenants, promises, temple service, etc. This was not given to the Philistines, Egyptians, Assyrians, Syrians, Jebusites, Hittites, Hivites, Amalekites, Moabites et al. These nations had no sacrificial system to atone for their sins. They had no scapegoat and high priest to lay his hands upon it to transfer their sins upon that scapegoat. They had no temple to worship in that was pleasing to God. God had made no promises to them. They were not entrusted with God's word. In essence, they were cut off from God with no hope of being saved, only unless God was to sovereignly save some from those nations such as Rahab and Ruth.
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