Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Jews And Gentiles (Part 2)
God's Adopted Children
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
Ephesians 1:4-5 (NKJV)
And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 3:29 (NKJV)
And if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
Romans 8:17 (NKJV)
If Jesus is 'A Light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel' (Luke 2:32), we are those Gentiles. 'But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name' (John 1:12).

As children of adoption by Jesus Christ, what is our inheritance? 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him' (1 Corinthians 2:9). He 'Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think' (Ephesians 3:20) 'Has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant{s}' (Psalm 35:27).

The blessings of Abraham endlessly unfold, but God's chief Blessing to mankind is Jesus. By Him believers are redeemed into 'Everlasting life' (John 3:16).

If Jesus is 'The Root' (Revelation 5:5) and the 'Tree of Life' (Revelation 2:7), if the 'Tree of Life' could be an Olive Tree, then the sons of Israel are its natural branches. We who are Gentiles 'Were grafted in among them' (Romans 11:17).

Adopted children are highly beloved, but they shouldn't get smug. No parent forgets his natural children. And God isn't just any parent. He is 'The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him' (Luke 20:37-38).

Our brothers, the Jews, are not dead to Christ. Some believe now. Others are sleeping, but they will be awakened. And then?

'How much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own Olive Tree? For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion' (Romans 11:24-25).

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Jews and Gentiles series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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