Google+ 10/16/13 Revealed and Rejected!

Romans 16:24-26

 

Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says.

This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles,

A plan kept secret from the beginning of time.

But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded,

This message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him.

 

In part three of our six-part devotion series entitled, "Revealed," the apostle Paul is found speaking to the Gentiles.  Today's Scriptural concept and message is one of the most important that we will find in all of Scripture.  Many of God's chosen people had decided to reject Jesus.  As a result, God explained that the Jewish people, as a whole, were no longer His chosen descendants.  When Jesus ascended, He conveyed God's instruction that the gospel message was now for everyone, including the Gentiles.  This revelation was vastly different from Matthew 10, when Jesus explained to the disciples that they were not to share the message of Christ with anyone but the Jewish population.  Why is this so important to all of us modern-day Christians?  There are at least two major reasons.  First, we must embrace the idea that God is no longer leaving anyone out of His church.  God makes it clear that anyone, who is willing to accept His Son Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, is welcome in the family of God.  Many churches and pastors ignore this change of direction.  Their "target markets" are only Methodists, or Baptists, or whatever other denomination the individual church espouses.  Denominations often make "rules" that exclude, rather than include, lost people.  Churches often get caught-up in political and social issues instead of spiritual issues.  If we want to explore what God wants us to be doing, we only need to read Matthew 28.  Diversity in the family of God is critical.  What should unite us is our belief in the Triune God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  How we dress, what movies we choose to see, and our sports affiliations are not "pillars" of the Christian faith!  Jesus doesn't weigh-in on whether or not we are Presbyterian, Episcopal, or Lutheran.  It is our faith in, and obedience to, God that should set all Christians apart, uniting us with all Christians everywhere.  Finally, our Scripture today clears up our misunderstanding of the book of Revelation.  Many Gentiles have heard the Word of God and rejected it.  They will not get a second chance on Judgment Day.  Jesus will tell those that have heard and denied that He simply does not know them.  They will be judged, by God, based on their lack of faith and obedience as He has promised.  This fact should make us even more eager to spread the gospel message far and wide.  As we all know, God has given each of us free will and the ability to accept, or deny, God and His Son Jesus Christ.  Let's make the right choice today.  If we don't, God will know on the Day of Judgment that His Word was, "Revealed and Rejected!"