from Lynda Lindsey
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:9-13
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. Romans 9:6-8
What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. Romans 9:30-32(a)
To Paul’s sorrow, many Jews rejected Christ as the Messiah. Paul reasoned with his countrymen, reminding them that God, always merciful and compassionate, chose the Israelites as a treasured people for His own possession, gave them His law, and taught His adopted children how to live, honor and worship Him. God covenanted with His people, promising them not only land and descendants but that through the Jews all the nations of the earth would be blessed. God saved and redeemed His people, preserving the Davidic line through whom the promised Messiah would come.
Through Jesus all the nations of the earth have been blessed, including the Gentiles, for He chooses to grant mercy to whom He will. It is by faith alone that all God’s blessings are obtained. God hasn’t rejected His beloved Israel, nor has God failed in His promise to His cherished people. Israel failed to believe the Good News, rejected Christ, and as a consequence, God allowed their hard hearts to follow their natural inclination of unbelief, rebellion, and stubbornness. Yet God graciously preserved a remnant of believing, faith-filled Jews who trust Christ for salvation.
God is not yet finished with any of His beloved children of grace and promise! God chooses us, calls us by name, saves and redeems us, forgives our sins, and remakes us into glorious vessels fit for His purpose. We are God’s possession, we belong to Him; Jesus is our trustworthy solid rock, a living stone which some have rejected. To those who haven’t received Jesus by faith, He’s a stumbling stone, a rock of offense; but those who believe in Jesus will never be ashamed. Our journey began by faith and continues in faith! Live well. Stand steady on the solid rock of Christ.