There are the divisions that God makes and then there are the divisions that man creates. God’s are always righteous. Man’s division among brothers results from sin. We discriminate against the poor, foreigners, etc… by nature. Or criminals have sinned so we must spate them in jail.
ither way, sin is to blame.
But there is only one true way that sin can be dealt with and mankind may be united back together into a family…
the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
od himself had chosen the Jewish people to himself and separated them from, the world (while always inviting people in). So now Paul wants to make it clear that what the Gentiles are being invited into is no longer “Jewishness” but now into Christ. And Paul is emphasizing the openness of this offer! Which is the opposite of division and prejudice! Paul says that the gentiles were like a branch that was grafted into the covenant descendants of Abraham (the Jews) and now branches out the definition of what it means to be a “Jew” and in covenant with YHWH. In fact the Jews were a branch grafted into the earlier Adamic and Noahic covenants! Covenant theology emphasizes the continuity of God’s covenant promises with His people throughout history! What the law was powerless to do, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ has now accomplished! Law can tell people right and wrong but only grace can transform their hearts! Grace brings people together into true unity in Christ. You need more grace this year! Tell yourself that!
In Prayer Today:
Ask God for more grace!