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Gene’s Daily Scriptural Postings

A Daily Email Devotional from the 

Berean Bible Society

Offering Up of the Gentiles

by Pastor Ricky KurthPrinter Friendly Version

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"What does Paul mean when he says that he was the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles 'that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 15:16)?"

Under the Law, the Gentiles couldn't offer themselves up as an offering that would be "acceptable" unto God as Paul tells us to do (Rom. 12:1,2). But now we are "sanctified" or set apart to God by the Holy Spirit--that is, by the Word of the Spirit, the words the Spirit teaches in His Word (1 Cor. 2:13). In His rightly divided Word, He teaches in Paul's epistles that the grace of God is now available to Gentiles as well as to Jews. Paul told the Ephesian elders,

"...the word of His able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" (Acts 20:32).

See the connection? The Jews were sanctified, and so their sacrificeswere acceptable to God, and now we too are sanctified by "the word ofHis grace" that the Spirit presents in His Word through the Apostle Paul.So when the Macedonians "gave their own selves to the Lord," theywere able to do this "by the will of God" (2 Cor. 8:5). They couldn'thave done that under the Law, for God wouldn't have accepted theiroffering. But under grace, "the offering up of the Gentiles" is "acceptable,being sanctified by the Holy Ghost."

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