Children of the promise

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Romans 9:6-13

God is not interested in our pedigree. He is interested in our hearts. Things have not changed much in the 2,000 years since Jesus come to earth. The Jewish ruling class thought as long as they went to Temple, followed the manmade rules they had put around God’s laws as best as they could they were ok. After all they were God’s chosen people. They put their decent from Abraham above the will of God and in doing so they missed the Messiah. They proclaimed that Abraham was their father totally ignoring Jesus teaching that God was our Father. They were so caught up in following rules and their genealogy that they ignored God.

So, after Jesus spent almost all His time teaching the Jews, He appeared to Paul and sent him out to convert the Gentiles. Many of the Jews of the first century reject their heritage from God and Gentiles were adopted into the family of God. God provided a way back to Him all He asked is that we follow. Not rules, not family only Him.

We see this today when people who have never read God’s word or stepped into a church indentify themselves as Christian because their parents were Christian or their spouse is Christian. But being a follower of Christ is not done by proxy it has to be a personal commitment. I cannot make that commitment for you and you cannot make it for me. We have to do it ourselves.

We are all children of Abraham, some in the flesh and others by adoption. It is through Abraham that salvation came into the world but it is by choice that each of us either accepts or rejects God’s salvation.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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