"Rejoice, O Gentiles..."
Text: Romans 15:10
GENTILES WERE INCLUDED IN GOD’S PROMISES
Paul’s apostleship to the Gentiles was a valid one! He found Biblical proof for his ministry to the Gentiles from the following texts.
“And again he says:
‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!’
‘Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you people!’
And again, Isaiah says:
‘There shall be a root of Jesse:
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope.'”
1. A Classic example of citation of the Scriptures
a) Altogether, Paul cited the Scriptures four times over.
b) The Scriptures were cited as “authoritative”.
c) Citing the Scriptures four times consecutively has great significance.
i) It shows confirmation.
ii) It shows emphasis.
2. The contents of the Scriptures cited
a) Gentiles were called upon to rejoice with God’s people.
b) They were encouraged to worship God with praise.
c) Specific prophecy of Isaiah.
i) The root of Jesse was a reference to the Messiah.
ii) He would rise up to reign over the Gentiles.
iii) In this great Messiah, the Gentile would pin all their hopes!
Christ came to minister to both Jews and Gentiles!