Archive for Friday, March 19, 2010


Romans 9:6-9
It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”

Paul was often accused by the Jews of being a traitor because he shared the gospel with non-Jews even though the Jews knew by law that they were God’s own people. This must have been very hard for them to understand and accept. He brought in the concept that it was not by bloodline that people were called Abraham’s children but by faith. Isaac was God’s gift to Abraham and Sarah because of Abraham’s faith which God recognized and rewarded. Much the same way, we are called Abraham’s children by faith in Jesus Christ.

As immigrants, my family and I are in a new land and in a few years we will have the right to call ourselves citizens. To a local from the land, it will be hard to accept us as one of them but that’s the system. This country’s system (For economic purposes) is based on a set of rules and our abiding by them to qualify. However, Paul clarifies that we are now Abraham’s children by faith in Jesus Christ even though our bloodline is not physically traced back to Abraham. This is a permanent residency that lasts far beyond our human years on this earth and is our identity for eternity. Have you got your new identity?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy