The Purpose of Paul's Salvation

1 Timothy

 

I’ve made the mistake of thinking my salvation is primarily about me.  To be sure, God’s love is for me but a deeper reason He saves is for His purposes and to bring glory to Himself.

In my myopic existence I don’t focus my attention on Jesus.  I often consider my benefits and blessings, which are truly benefits and blessings and I should recognize them as such and thank God for them but His purpose goes beyond just saving me; He saves me as a testimony to His faithfulness, His grace, His love, His patience and His sovereignty.  His desire is to see all people choose Him and enter into an eternal relationship with Him but in Paul’s case, specifically:

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Abraham's Heritage

Romans 11:28 From the standpoint of the gospel they [Israel] are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; (NASB – sent from CadreBible) Paul wrote this to Christians almost 2,000 years ago. Today my grafting into the heritage of Abraham begins & ends with Jesus. It is by His holy sacrifice I share in the lineage and history of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. I don’t share the last 2,000 years of history with my Jewish family; there are many things I don’t share in that contribute to the personna of being Hebrew but in the faith of Abraham, faith that was credited to him as righteousness, therein I am, likewise, a follower. I am still a believer that the Messiah of God will one day and for all eternity rule from Jerusalem but that isn’t a threat to any people but rather a wonderful, loving example of God’s patience with all people in how Christ has not yet returned. God waits, calling everyone to enjoy the wealth of the riches of His glory in exalting Him. It is grace that allows me to follow in Abraham’s faith and it is love that stays God’s righteous and holy judgement. I thank God for such a complete plan that allows both Jews of the chosen heritage, His beautiful nation, and those of us not born physically into that heritage, but born spiritually, to partake in His love and blessings.

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