Day 63/260: Read Romans 11
Some have said that the God of the Old Testament is one of wrath, while the God of the New Testament is one of grace. The truth as revealed by Paul, however, that God has always been one of both wrath and love.
“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.”
The Jews were God’s chosen people to bring the Messiah into the world, but they turned their backs on God’s grace and were cut off. Opportunity was given to the Gentiles to be “grafted in,” but Paul warns against a haughty attitude lest they be cut off as well.
Those who disobey will experience God’s wrath. That is a position no one truly desires. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
For those who are obediently faithful, however, the goodness of God is infinite. Remember just a few chapters ago, Paul said, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Romans 10:10. For with the heart one _______________ unto righteousness, and with the mouth _______________ is made unto salvation.
Pray for the humility to accept God’s grace, understanding the dire situation of the unfaithful.