Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 7th

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You Are Not An Outsider. Christ Brought You In. Isaiah 49:6 “And he said, it is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for alight to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.”

Throughout history of His people, God made it clear He had a plan for all peoples. The Jews may have been the nation hoping for the Messiah, but they would not be the only people saved by Him. Even at His birth, men came from afar to worship Him, and throughout His ministry, He showed mercy to the Gentiles.

So, who were the Gentiles? Very simply put, the Gentiles were not Jews. They did not belong to God’s chosen people. They did not descend from Abraham and were not permitted to enter the inner courts of the temple; they were forced to remain outside, to worship from afar.

The thing is: many of us are Gentiles. We are not Jews and did not descend from Abraham. Had it not been for Christ we would be the ones held at arm’s length from God, watching from the outer courts as others entered in. But God made Christ a light for the Gentiles, extending His salvation even to us.

That’s why Ephesians 2:11-13 says: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called the circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: but now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”

God came near as a baby in Bethlehem so He could draw us near to Him. If we believe in Him, we are no longer separate; his spirit lives in us.

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