Monday, January 14, 2013


John 1:11-12 says, "He (Jesus) came unto His own (Israel), and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the (children) of God, even to them that believe on His name."  Because the Jews rejected Jesus, God has offered to adopt, as His child, any and all who would accept His Son as their Lord and Savior (Rom. 8:15; Eph. 1:5).  Paul also made this point clear:  "For as ye (Gentiles) in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through (Israel's) unbelief" (Rom. 11:30)! 

Ironically, the Lord used a small remnant of Jews to begin His Church.  In the beginning of the Church in Acts 2:1-47, it was made up entirely of those Jews who accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah.  It was about seven years before the Gentiles believers were welcomed into the fellowship of believers (Acts 10:1-48).  Today, the Church, the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27), is made up of all born again believers, and it consists of both "the called" (Gentiles) and "the chosen" (Jews) of God (1 Cor. 12:13).  The Lord illustrated this in His parable found in Matthew 22:1-14, which says: 

"And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:  and the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.  But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.  Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.  So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:  and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  For many are called, but few are chosen."

Because the few rejected Jesus, the many are called to be God's children!
Won't you accept His invitation to become His adopted child? 

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