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Abraham’s Calling by the God of Glory, part 5…

Please read the whole 7th chapter of Acts today. Stephen gives a history from Abraham to Solomon to the “brethren” and “fathers” in the council. The high priest has asked him if the accusations against him are so. And, while you are reading, keep before you mind the potent first words – “The God of Glory” and ALL that contains. His listeners knew and rejected the King and His Glory. After all, it would replace theirs! Stephen calls them “stiff-necked” and this is not the first time. Check you Bible’s margin for other references. But, Stephen’s neck turned upward and saw the Glory of God as they gnashed on him with their teeth! They cover their ears so as not to hear what Stephen is witnessing, pick up stones to hurl at him; and as he is dying, he asks the Lord not to hold this sin against them!

Now – in this sermon, there is a verse that caught a reader’s eye – and mine. I want to include the verses before and after it for you here: Act 7:35 “This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND A JUDGE?’ is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush. Act 7:36 “This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. Act 7:37 “This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN.’ Act 7:38This is the one who was in the congregation (lit: “church,” “ekklesia” – means “elect”) in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you. Act 7:39 “Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt,

ISRAEL WAS THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS – v. 38

“CHURCH” IS “EKKLESIA” MEANING, “THE ELECT” – THE ELECTION OF THE SEED OF ABRAHAM IS UNCONDITIONAL AS TO ITS PURPOSE AND FULFILLMENT De 7:6 “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

7 “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples,

8 but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

I Samuel 12:22 – “For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.

Jeremiah 31:3 – The LORD appeared to him from afar, [saying,] “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.

Romans 11: 1,2,& 5 -I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

2 God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in [the passage about] Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to [God’s] gracious choice.

Romans 11:29 – “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (NKJ)

AT ONE TIME, GENTILES WERE ALIENS FROM THE CITIZENSHIP OF ISRAEL AND ALL ITS ADVANTAGES:

Ephesians 2: 11-22

Eph 2:11 ¶ Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” [which is] performed in the flesh by human hands–

12 [remember] that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (replacing the blood of animals)

14 ¶ For He Himself is our peace, who made both [groups (Jews and Gentiles) into] one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,

15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, [which is] the Law of commandments [contained] in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man,(the “new creation” and the “Israel of God”) [thus] establishing peace,

16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

17 AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY (Gentiles), AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR(Jews, Israel);

18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

19 So then you (Gentiles) are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints (the “commonwealth of Israel, v. 12), and are of God’s household,

20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner [stone],

21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;

22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

(NASB)

ONE MORE THING – THE COVENANT WITH ISRAEL WAS UNCODITIONAL WITH THE WHOLE PEOPLE – BUT – IS CONDITIONAL AS TO ITS ACTUAL INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS:

Exodus 12:19 “Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.”

Romans 9:6 – “But it is not as though the word of God had failed (due to the majority of Israel’s rejection of the gospel). For not all who are descended from Israel (of the natural seed) belong to Israel (the seed of promise, Abraham’s elect seed)”

Ro 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Oh, my, this has been much too long – and will need continuing……….. Read and reread all posts this week in order to “put together” what I am attempting to convey. I’ll do the same. 🙂

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September 3, 2010 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus

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