Do you ever feel like an outsider?

Do you look at the elite and wish you were one of them? Are other people just a bit closer to God than you? Then the Apostle Paul is writing to you.

He has shown us in this letter so far that no amount of achievement makes us acceptable to God and He is not pleased with what we do but our trust in Him. Now having just written, ‘faith means nothing and the promise (of belonging) is worthless’ if it depends on our obedience to God, for all that our efforts do is lead us to ‘wrath’ (punishment) and ‘transgression’ (failure) he then elaborates on this further and if you feel just not quite good enough read this:

“Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” (Romans 4 v 16-17)

Did you spot yourself in these verses? I have underlined them.

Paul is definitely referring to both Jewish and Gentile Christians. To all believers. No one is in a better position or more special place than the other. Our powerful God came and called you ‘into being’ even when you didn’t know Him and even before you were born! There is no outsider in the kingdom of God. You have as much right to the promise of God as the next person.

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