salvation for the Goyim

January 2015 (18)

Romans 15:7-13

7 Welcome one another, then, just as Christ also welcomed you, so that God may be appropriately praised. 8 Because I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth in order to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and this is why the Gentiles can now praise God for his mercy. As scripture puts it, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.”[1] 10 And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”[2] 11 And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him.”[3] 12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, and the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in him will the Gentiles hope.”[4] 13 Now may the God of hope fill all of you with every kind of joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

salvation for the Goyim

Paul had appealed to the “strong” faction of Roman Christians in the previous six verses, telling them to identify with the “weak” ones as Christ did when he allowed himself to be abused by God’s opponents. Now, Paul turns around and addresses the other group. This “weak” group consists of mainly Jews and those who first converted to Judaism before finding Christ. They need to bear with their brothers on the other side of the fence as well. What would convince them that those Gentile believers are part of God’s plan? Scripture would. So Paul throws several texts at them in rapid succession, all of which celebrate the fact that the LORD intends to bless the “Goyim” (Gentiles/nations) as well as the Jews.

LORD, thank you for including us all in your plan to save sinners.

[1] 2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 18:49.

[2] Deuteronomy 32:43.

[3] Psalm 117:1.

[4] Isaiah 11:10.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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