Redemption in Romans, Lesson 11


I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

Friday’s section of this week’s SS Lesson asks, “What can we learn from the mistakes of many in ancient Israel? How can we avoid doing the same things today?”

I think as a whole we have the same struggle ancient Israel had when it comes to a proper association with the rest of the world. It appears to me, that either we join them in “Baal worship” or we have nothing to do with them whatsoever.  Jesus showed us the perfect balance to take.  In Matthew 5:13 Jesus says we are the salt of the earth. Salt is to have saving qualities. At the same time, salt must be mixed with the food in order to have any kind of savor. Likewise we must have some association with the world. Please allow me to share some quotes from the classic Desire of Ages and Ministry of Healing, that may help us find a healthy balance.

As disciples of Christ we shall not mingle with the world from a mere love of pleasure, to unite with them in folly. Such associations can result only in harm. We should never give sanction to sin by our words or our deeds, our silence or our presence. Wherever we go, we are to carry Jesus with us, and to reveal to others the preciousness of our Saviour. But those who try to preserve their religion by hiding it within stone walls lose precious opportunities of doing good. Through the social relations, Christianity comes in contact with the world. Everyone who has received the divine illumination is to brighten the pathway of those who know not the Light of life.   We should all become witnesses for Jesus. Social power, sanctified by the grace of Christ, must be improved in winning souls to the Saviour. Let the world see that we are not selfishly absorbed in our own interests, but that we desire others to share our blessings and privileges. Let them see that our religion does not make us unsympathetic or exacting. Let all who profess to have found Christ, minister as He did for the benefit of men.  -Desire of Ages, p.  152

  Jesus saw in every soul one to whom must be given the call to His kingdom. He reached the hearts of the people by going among them as one who desired their good. He sought them in the public streets, in private houses, on the boats, in the synagogue, by the shores of the lake, and at the marriage feast. He met them at their daily vocations, and manifested an interest in their secular affairs. He carried His instruction into the household, bringing families in their own homes under the influence of His divine presence. His strong personal sympathy helped to win hearts.– Desire of Ages, p. 151

     Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, “Follow Me.”–The Ministry of Healing, p. 143

How big of a mission field do you have as an ambassador for Christ? How many non Christians do you have on your cell phone contact list? In other words how many non Christians do you come in contact with on a friendly every day basis?  How many non Christians do you have as Facebook friends? Are you being exclusive and reclusive like the Pharisees or are you reaching out to the world in the same way Christ did? Christ calls us all to be missionaries. He may not need us to go overseas but He may be asking you to leave your big comfy church and Christian Community and move to a dark county where there are no churches for miles and start mingling with the people there and start a new church. He may be asking you to drop out of your church softball league and join a secular league where you can reach people you could reach no other way. I am just thinking out loud here, but you get the idea. :) In Isaiah 58 God tells ancient Israel that while they thought they were worshipping God by debating theology in the temple with their friends, that real worship is going out to share His love and mercy with the world.

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4 thoughts on “Redemption in Romans, Lesson 11”

  1. Interesting parallel, don’t know if I quite agree with the comparisons with Israel and Today’s Christians in spreading the Gospel but it was insightful. God didn’t really command Israel to spread the Gospel but he did command them to be holy and to stay away from Baal. He asked them not to conform to the world around them. We as the New Testament believers have been asked to do so much more than just not conforming but also to be ambassadors of Christ like you had mentioned inthe latter part of your blog. But thank you for sharing.

  2. I think this is right on the mark. Sadly Israel found it so much easier to become the nation than the nation to become israel. Being spiritual Israel we have the same great responsibility. We are to be different not because how we dress ear or walk. Although these are extremely important. We are different
    , unique, peculiar because of the ONE GOD we serve.

    The danger the Seventh-day Adventist Church faces is that we have the same glorious message and the same responsibility to proclaim salvation through Jesus

    The question now is, will we be true to our calling or wander away like Israel?

  3. First of all, I am not a Seventh-day Adventist rather a Charismatic Pentecostal believer. I really don’t know the what the Seventh Day Adventist believes and that really is not important. What is important is what the Bible says. I don’t recall God telling the pagan tribes to become like Israel. He did however, tell these pagan tribes to stop their sin like he did with in sending Jonah to Ninevah and with the other prophets in the Old Testament. Paul goes into further and greater details about this in the New Testament when the Gentiles wanted to accept Jesus and the Jews had a problem with the Gentiles’ laws and lifestyles. I believe that Israel (the actual Jewish people) will come back and follow their true calling in the Last Days. And yes, I agree with you that we need to stop wondering away from what God has called us to do which is to evangelize to a world that doesn’t know him and also for us to live a blameless life.

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