Sunday Sermon - 1 Corinthians Message 31
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
O Holy God, how easy it is to forget that the salvation offered by Jesus Christ was not initially proclaimed to the Gentiles. Thank you that your Gospel message extended from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, from millenia ago to present day, from Jew to Gentile, and that even we in our day in our little town hear the call of the Holy Spirit. You are merciful, you are patient, and you are generous, allowing the dogs to eat of the crumbs of the children of the house, even granting former rebels undeserved sonship and inheritance. Glory to God for his boundless mercy in extending salvation to all who will come!
We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Lord Christ, we easily forget that most of the words we cherish in your gospels were not initially aimed at us. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” and, “Seek, and you will find,” and, “Let the children come to me;” all these words were not spoken to gentiles, and had we been there to hear you speak these words, we would have understood that you came to save the house of Israel, not us,not gentile sinners. Let us remember again with much fear and trembling that not all our ancestors had the Word of God, they did not all have the Law, they did not all have the Prophets, and many, if not most of them, did not trust the God of Israel, and had you not intervened, opened the doors of your church to all who believe in Jesus Christ, and called us to faith in him, then we, too, would perish without saving knowledge of the Savior. Lord Christ, thank you for extending your mercy to all who bend the heart to you! Thank you for calling us to faith, and granting us the sonship and inheritance that we do not deserve! Merciful is the God of Israel!
We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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