Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:11-13

Israel was a nation blessed beyond measure. She was chosen being the fleshly seed of Abraham to be a light and a testimony to the rest of the earth (Genesis 12:1-3). In order to carry out this task, God established many promises or covenants with her, signifying the special relationship between Him and this nation. Israel was God's "Covenant People," a relationship which the Gentiles did not have. In fact, for a Gentile to come to God at that time, he had to joinhimself to the Jews. This is illustrated in the Old Testament Scriptures. "Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you" (Zechariah 8:23).

In today's text, Paul outlines the dilemma the Gentile was formerly in: "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12). There was simply no way around it. Gentiles did not have access to the blessings of the covenants except through Israel; but Israel herself failed to enter into these blessings because of her unbelief. How would God now bring salvation to the Gentiles? The answer is, not by covenant, but by grace. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We Gentiles should thank God for His matchless wisdom and grace!

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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