Jottings – To Rise Above the Visible

Jottings Pencil Red

“…in the call of God Abraham is called to a life of strangership on the earth, for the essential characteristic of the life of faith is strangership, but this founded upon citizenship elsewhere (Heb. 11:13-16). Faith dwells in the unseen with the substance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1). The terms of this divine call is ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.’ The new course proposed calls man to rise above all visible influences and simply to rest upon God and His all-sufficient Word. Man had fallen into flagrant independence of God; the call is now to depend entirely on Him. Observe the character of the call of Abraham: it was not stated that he should separate from moral pollution and idolatry, though doubtless there were debasing and revolting practices connected with the idolatry; he was to separate from the associations of nature and of the earth. The call of God is a matter of great import: God’s voice from heaven reached the heart, and it awakes to the consciousness that it has to do with Him.”


A. Shepherd, “Practical Reflections from the Life of Abraham,”in An Outline of Sound Words. Accessed electronically on 8/28/14 here:


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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 18

Road Romans 15:8-33God’s gospel should affect our priorities in living: value the gospel! Romans 15:8-33

What a privilege to see God at work! It really is wonderful how Jesus Christ has been God’s servant to do God’s will. Through Christ God confirmed his promises given to Abraham about Israel. Through Christ God also showed mercy to the Gentiles – us! Through Christ God gets glory in all peoples.

Look! There are people of the nations praising the Lord together! What honor that brings to Christ! What a great work He has done! It is like God said through Isaiah about the Messiah, “In Him shall the nations hope.”

May the God of hope fill up your hearts and lives with every kind of joy and peace! You are God’s special people through God’s gospel! How great to have meaning to our living, and joy in being part of God’s plans! By faith, see these things as reality.

If we are believing in God, we will find great confidence for the present and the

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 3

Scripture: Romans 9:1-33

How sad that Israel is missing out on the blessings of God’s gospel! (Romans 9:1-5)

Learning God’s gospel will help us have a changed view of life on earth. Is God doing anything? Is there purpose? If we think about Israel we will learn so much!

We have seen how this gospel brings such great blessing! Yet how sad that the nation of Israel is not enjoying this blessing! How heart-breaking! They have been given so much by God. They had special privileges in the Old Testament time. They had the tabernacle and priesthood and many promises. Yet they are missing out on the greatest blessing of all – the Christ! God Himself has come to earth as the Messiah in order to save us and bring us to God!

But they have not believed the message that Jesus is the Christ, so they are missing out on all the blessings in Him. How sad! Israel has so much of a connection with God, yet they are so distant from God because of rejecting Christ.

But this does not mean God’s word of promise to Abraham failed! (Romans 9:6-13)
But this does not mean God’s promises have failed! We should not conclude that God has not kept His word. His promises did not say that every descendent of Abraham would be saved. Rather God chose who of Abraham’s seed would be His.

Remember that God said that Isaac was the promised seed, not Ishmael, even though both of them came from Abraham. That was God’s choice in His promise.

Then also Isaac had two sons, but God chose that Jacob would be used as the one to fulfill His purpose. And this was not because Jacob was a better person. God decided this before he and Esau were even born. God’s purpose are fulfilled by God’s action not by men’s works.


Continued in His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 4

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Digital Sojourner would like to thank Bruce for his helpful teaching on the book of Romans. Romans 9 is a challenging portion of Scripture– over the centuries godly Christians have disagreed regarding its proper interpretation. While all of the site’s contributors agree with Digital Sojourner’s statement of faith, each author expresses his own views and opinions. As always, your comments written in the spirit of Romans 12:10 are welcome.


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