Monday, November 05, 2018

Tippett: the purpose of the privilege

Monday, November 5, 2018
    What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God. What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”
    —Romans 3:1-4 (NIV)
    The concept of Israel as the chosen people does not imply a certain divine favoritism, as some seem to think, but an opportunity of grace, a calling that involved the assumption of the servant role among the nations. It was the fact that they had interpreted themselves as special objects of God’s favor, and rejected the servant role, that led to their own rejection.
    ... A. R. Tippett, Church Growth and the Word of God, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970, p. 53 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 3:1-4; Ps. 78:40-41; Isa. 42:6,7; 53; 43:10; Matt. 21:43; 22:1-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have shed Your grace on me.
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