The attitude of Israel and the attitude of the Church

There is a major problem with this analogy when looking at Israel and the church today. That is the history of conflict and persecution of the Jews by the church. Also the continued resistance of the Jews to the Gospel remains their historic stumbling block. The Jews are the hardest people of all to reach with the Gospel message. The bible points this out clearly in Romans 11. Today's Jews are enemies of the Gospel!

Romans 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.

So what should the church's attitude be?

We must be willing to lay down our lives for our brethren.

Look closely at Romans 11:28 above. Notice it says they are enemies for your sakes. And they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. We need to be in an attitude of friendship, devotion and service regardless of what their attitude toward us or toward the gospel is. They are to become our brethren in the end. The same goes for any unsaved people.

Romans 11:30-31

30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

So what should the church's attitude be?

We must be willing to lay down our lives for our brethren.

In Romans 15 there is a mention of the poor saints at Jerusalem. This is a double reference to the Christians in the time of Paul and the Jews of today. And it expresses a debt that we, the church, owe to the Jews.

Rom 15. Romans 15:26-27

26 For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.

So what should the church's attitude be?

We must be willing to lay down our lives for our brethren.

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

So what should the church's attitude be?

We must be willing to lay down our lives for our brethren.

Romans 12:11 beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

So what should the church's attitude be?

We must be willing to lay down our lives for our brethren.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

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