Are You a Gentile?

Paul was a missionary, an apostle, a sent-one to the Gentiles.

His call from God was to go the Gentile world, the non-Jewish world, and announce the gospel. And if you are not Jewish and yet believe in the Messiah of Israel, you are part of Paul’s legacy. Why was Paul sent to the Gentile world? Paul tells us in Romans 15:

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”
Romans 15:8-9 (ESV)

Forever in the future, Gentiles will praise God for his mercy. As John Piper says in the little book, Life as a Vapor (Multnomah, 2004),

“Let us make crystal clear at the beginning of each new day, all we will get from God as believers in Jesus is mercy. Whatever pleasures or pains may come our way in this day, they will all be mercy. . . . We were born again ‘according to his great mercy’ (1 Peter 1:3); we pray daily ‘that we may receive mercy’ (Hebrews 4:16); and we are now ‘waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life’ (Jude 1:21).”

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Mercy is our greatest need because we are sinners.
Mercy is our greatest need because He is holy.
Mercy is what we don’t deserve, but it is by His grace that He mercifully gives it to us through the atoning sacrifice of the cross.

Remember His mercy.
Bask in it. Glory in it.
Praise Him for it.
And tell every one you know about it.

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