The Unbelief of Israel (23 of 47) by Chris Walls
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I. Paul's Great Sorrow (v. 1-3)
Have you ever had great pain in your heart over the lostness of someone? More yet have you felt great sorrow because someone you loved was not a Christian? That is what Paul is feeling here in this passage of Scripture.
Paul, a Jew, who God super naturally intervened in his life to turn him to Christ, loved his native people. He loved those who he felt a connection because of up bringing, culture, friends and family.
Paul makes this statement and calls on two witnesses to confirm the words of his mouth. First, he says, "I speak the truth in Christ." This is his first witness as the sincerity of the statement he is about to make. Second he calls of the Holy Spirit as a witness. Why would Paul have to call on there two as witnesses of his sincerity. People might draw a conclusion that Paul was not being sincere because when he converted to Christianity he left Judaism behind. But, by Paul's actions he showed that he still loved unbelieving Israel. Every time he would go into a city Paul would go and preach in the Jewish Synagogue. Though he was called by God to preach Christ to the Gentiles, he first went to where the Jews were.
Why? He had great sorrow for his own. How much sorrow did he have? So, much that he was willing to give his salvation up in order for the Jews to be saved. Paul knew his own people were dying and going to hell and there was nothing he could do to stop that from happening. Though he would trade his own eternal life for his people to turn to Christ.
How many of us would be willing to say that about the United States? Are we willing to look at the people around us and say, "I would give up my own eternal salvation in order for the people of this country to be saved." That is a hard question to answer, isn't it? I mean we can look around us and see all the sins of our own people, we can see ungodli ...
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