The Good News is For Jews And Gentiles

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Christians must not force their opinions on others. There are certain foundational truths that are essential to our walk with the Lord. However, there are many other matters of honest disagreement that must not be a test of our faith. We must not try to force our convictions about these matters on to other people (vv. 1-2). Paul is not arguing that we continually give in to a weak brother’s desires. We are to act in a way which will be to his lasting benefit. The spirit of love is the key to Paul’s teaching in these verses. Jesus is our perfect example of one who ministered on behalf of others and not for Himself (v. 3). Knowledge of the Scriptures affects our attitude toward the present and the future (v.4). If the Lord can receive us with the great gulf that existed between Him and us, should we not also be able to accept and help one another, even if we have minor differences? (vv. 5-7). Jesus came to bring the truth to the Jews, and to show that God is true to His promises (v. 8). Was it selfish of God to work primarily through the Jews? No, because it was through the Jews that He would send the Good News of salvation to the Gentiles. Paul quotes four Old Testament passages that shows the progression of how this all happened:

1. The Jews glorify God among the Gentiles (v. 9 quoting David from Psalm 18:49).

2. The Gentiles rejoice with the Jews (v. 10 quoting Moses from Deuteronomy 32:43).

3. All the Jews and Gentiles together praise God (v. 11 quoting Psalm 117:1).

4. Christ shall reign over Jews and Gentiles (v.12 quoting Isaiah 11:10).


At the present time Israel has been set aside nationally while the Church is being formed of both Jew and Gentile. But one day in the future Israel will be restored to her place as head of the nations.



Throughout History, many have hated the Jews and tried to destroy them. Even today there is much anti-Jewish feeling throughout the world. As a Christian I need to be their friend and pray for them.

Romans 15:1-13 (English Standard Version)

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