Sorrow Over the Lost.

A Message From Agabus

“I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit–that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” (Romans 9:1-3)

Paul confessed that Jewish unbelief in the gospel of Jesus caused him anguish. He wondered how the chosen people could have rejected their own Messiah. He wondered if their rejection meant that somehow God has gone back on His promises, that He has acted contrary to His own nature. But Paul realized that God’s promises were not to national or ethnic Israel, but to the true, spiritual Israel, the Church. Just because a person is born a Jew and is circumcised, this does not mean he is a member of this true Israel…

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