"That the Gentiles might glorify God..."
Text: Romans 15:9
CONFIRMING THE PROMISES OF GOD
The Gospel of Luke recorded how Jesus began His public ministry. Jesus went to a synagogue in Nazareth. When He was there, He was handed the Book of Isaiah. Turning to the appropriate text, He read it and then He uttered the most amazing words.
“And He began to say to them,
‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.'”
How would we describe the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ in a nutshell? With reference to the Scriptures we would be able to make the following observation- Jesus maintained a Word-centered ministry.
1. He preached from the Scriptures.
2. He taught from the Scriptures.
3. He cited the Scriptures with great skill and authority.
4. He sought ever to fulfill the Scriptures.
MINISTRY TO GENTILES
Did Jesus personally minister to the Gentiles? The answer is obvious! Jesus confined Himself to ministering to the circumcision (The Jews). Ministry to Israel was His main ministry. However, on occasions He ministered to Gentiles too!
1. Ministry to a Gentile centurion (Cf. Luke 7:1-10)
2. Ministry to a Gentile woman from Sidon and Tyre (Cf. Matthew 15:21-28)
DEFENDING THE MINISTRY TO GENTILES
Paul defended the ministry of the Word of God to Gentiles in the following text.
“And that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy,
as it is written: ‘For this reason I will confess to You
among the Gentiles, and sing to Your name.”
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