This sermon – Paul’s Appeal – was originally preached 2013.02.03 by Jerrill Schrock.
Passages used: Romans 7:7-25, Romans 3, Romans 2, Romans 6, Romans 8.
Paul really loved the Jews. He even says that he would be willing to be eternally damned if it would save the Jewish people.
A whole lot was invested in the Jewish people. Can you say that “where much was invested much was also anticipate?” God really expected good and big things from the Jewish people.
God had promised the Jews a messiah, but as are all things that God promises, the messiah could not be recognized except by those who accepted what God had to offer them.
Jesus called the Jewish people. The Pharisees and Sadducees, the ignorant peasants, he called them all, but not nearly all of them responded to His call.
Paul had to come at the Jewish people from another angle. He had to help them see that Jesus was the fulfillment of the law. Only through the life and sacrifice of Jesus is there a fulfillment of the law and atonement for sin.
The law allowed man to see his sin. Without it there is no “written code” to tell us what is good and bad.
In a lot of ways the Jewish people were brought right up to the line… the actual step to seeing and believing in the messiah was just too much to take. The spiritual obstacle of actually believing in a messiah was extremely difficult.
Having an “Abba” father is having a father that is willing to walk with us. Through him we can have the strength to grow, to walk, and live.
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