CHRIST'S EARTHLY MINISTRY
By Joel Finck
Scripture Reading: Romans 15:8
Romans 15:8 neatly summarizes the scope and purpose of Christ's earthly ministry: "Now I say that.J esus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers." These include the promise to make Abraham's family a blessing to all families of the earth (Genesis 12:3), the promise to multiply his seed to innumerable proportions (Genesis 13:16), and the promise to give unto him the land of Palestine (Genesis 13:14, 15).
Everything Christ did and taught while He walked this earth was designed to bring the people of Israel back into line with these great promises, so that they in turn could be the blessing to the rest of the earth. But the Israelites of that generation would not submit to Christ's authority. Christ summarized their attitude in the parable of the ten pounds; "But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us" (Luke 19:14). The chief priests themselves confirmed this attitude when they cried out, "We have no king but Caesar" (John 19:15).
In early Acts, Peter once more called Israel to repentance, reminding them: "Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed" (Acts 3:25). But once again, Israel's leaders rejected God's offer. Now these promises are being postponed until this present age runs its course (Romans 11:25). Then the ministry Christ began while on earth, will finally be brought to completion.
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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
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Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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