Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:13-33
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
Christ received people by dying for them. Gospel bridges gap between Jew and Gentile, He received both. This is our example to receive others.
To the Glory of God—not about us but doing what we can for Him.
Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister [servant] of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
Confirm the promises—establish, make firm the Messianic promises to Israel. That was His ministry to His Father, His service.
Confess—give honor, celebrate, praise. Quotes a number of verses from the OT—what was written before for our learning.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
God of Hope—because of Him there is hope. If you don’t know Him, there is no hope.
Joy and peace in believing—faith in the God of hope brings joy and peace.
Power of Holy Ghost—dunamis.
Full of goodness—kindness, upright behavior
Filled with knowledge—they have been taught, this is the renewing of the mind that changes life to be useful and good.
Admonish—instruct and confirm.
That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
17 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Minister—not servant, but a priestly role, offers sacrifice of Gentiles.
Offering up—Gentiles are the offering, Gospel makes Gentiles approved by God.
Glory—boast. Paul did some pretty cool stuff in his ministry!
Paul won’t touch on anything he did, only about what Christ did.
Obedient by word and deed—by Paul’s words and deeds, empowered by the Spirit.
Through mighty—in the power of signs and wonders the Spirit did.
Romans 15:25-28—so he’s done with the Jews, all Gentiles now, right?
But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
Contribution—Greek word is koinanea, word for fellowship, to partner with.
Poor sasints—the poor among the saints. Life was rough for believers in Jerusalem.
Debtors—Gentiles are indebted to Jews, this is their Messiah! Their promises that we benefit from.
Spiritual and carnal—Gentiles benefit spiritually from israel’s promises, so they repay them with physical provision.
Return to Spain—Paul never did return.
--Christ served both Jew and Gentile
--Paul served both Jew and Gentile
1 Corinthians 9:19-22
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
Bringing people to Christ is our prime aim—not getting them in your church, political party, organization, opinion, code of conduct, etc. The Gospel is all.