Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 21, 2019

The Winner

Filed under: Bible,Gentile,God,Jew,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Ephesians 3:6 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

There is so much anti-Jew and anti-Christian going on throughout the world.  Many wonder why Christians support the Jews. After all, aren’t the Jew responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God?  Actually no, God’s plan was for Jesus to be sacrificed.  His sacrifice was the only way we could be free from the penalty of our sin – eternal separation from God.  The Christians, most of whom were considered gentiles by the Jews who were God’s chosen race, through their belief and acceptance of Jesus as the Lord of their hearts, minds and lives, became united with the Jews and all the promises God made to His chosen race.  We are now one family.  Many Jews have come to believe and accept Jesus as the Son of God.  Other Jews do their best to follow all the precepts God gave through Moses.  Yet others are Jews only by race but no longer practicing the precepts given by God.  As Christians, we are to love all.  Through our love we are to encourage all to open their hearts to Jesus.  We do this by positive support, not by condemnation or name calling.  The Jews and the Jewish nation of Israel are an integral part of God’s plan.  We can either support God’s plan by supporting the nation of Israel as a Jewish nation or we can go against God’s plan.  Let us support God’s plan and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel.  The Holy Bible cites the world would be against us but since God is for us it doesn’t really matter what the world thinks.  I’ve read the last sentence in the Holy Bible and I know Who wins.  I stand with the Winner.

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April 29, 2019

The Sheet

Filed under: Christ,Gentile,God,Jesus,Jew,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Acts 10:11 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. (NIV)

If you are not Jewish by birth you should join me in being thankful for this vision Peter had.  Until Peter had this vision, Jesus was only for the Jews.  But, the Jews, for the most part, refused Jesus.  This opened it up for us who are called gentiles by the Jews.  Peter was being told through his vision that Jesus came not only to God’s chosen people, the Jews, but to all people.  Peter’s vision opened the door for Paul’s ministry to the gentiles.  It took 3 times for Peter to lay down his prejudice against gentiles and realize God loves all of us.  We must consider how many times it takes God to get us to lay down our prejudice.  Do we really welcome all to hear the good news of Jesus Christ?  Do we welcome everyone into our church services?  Are we really ready to sit by anyone and talk with them?  We have a strong tendency to judge people by their clothes and their speech.  Let us allow God to remove all our prejudices from us.  Let us allow Him to love everyone through us.  Thank You, God for sending that sheet to Peter.

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