God is one and that is where our unity is to be found and it leads his people to live transformed lives of love and service toward one another.
Paul is calling his readers to live in accord with all they have heard about the nature of God’s grace by living in peace and unity with one another and sacrificially giving to the needs of others.
Jesus demonstrates himself to be the Messiah by drawing the Gentiles to himself, fulfilling the promises of scripture and uniting his people into one who respond with peaceful and joyous worship.
eing considered strong is not an invitation to be served, but to bear with those who are weak so as to not cause them to stumble, but to draw near to Christ in faith.
Every Christian is called to put on Christ, which means being renewed in his image and is demonstrated in putting others before self.
The Gentiles, as (new) members of the house of Israel, must learn how to submit and show respect to those in leadership in the house, even when that is hard or counter intuitive—knowing that it will serve those in rebellion and help to bring them to repentance.
The gospel calls those who have been redeemed through it to respond to evil with hope, patience and prayer, seeking repentance in others, rather than vengeance for them.
Belonging to God’s holy people, means operating on a different principle than the world uses, namely leading the way in sacrifice and service toward those to whom you have been united.
God seldom accomplishes his plans in the ways we expect or desire, but he always accomplishes his plans and he does so in a way that brings him the greatest glory.
f the Gentiles are to rightly understand their relationship to the Jews, they must first understand the Jews' role in their coming to faith and remember that they have come to dwell in the house of Israel (and, therefore, ought not grow arrogant).
he scriptures teach us to perceive God’s work in the places we least expect it and to recognize that he uses failures to bring victories, making all things beautiful in their time.
he God of Israel is a God who is rich in kindness and mercy, who has every right to judge us for our sins and yet stands at the ready to forgive us, tenderly and graciously inviting us to turn from our sin and run to him and his name is Jesus Christ.
Israel’s history has been shaped by the cross of Christ, where their salvation repeatedly comes through a tiny remnant and even death and resurrection.
The Jews are blessed in many ways—chief among these is the heart of a Savior and Lord who accursed Himself in order to save them.
God’s love for us is our confidence that no enemy can destroy us and that suffering can only make us more like Christ.
Christians ought to have a healthy discontentment with living in a fallen world, which is made bearable by understanding the surpassing greatness of what awaits us in heaven.
Being sons of God means that we can walk through the struggles of this life confident that not even death can keep us from our inheritance.
Between salvation and glory, God takes his people through a journey of humbling self-discovery that teaches them more and more to cry out for mercy and deliverance.
The law is good, but produces a toxic relationship with sinners because it inevitably provokes the sin within us and the only way out is through death (which we have in Christ).
Everyone has master—demonstrated by whom they obey—but only one Master is able to grant eternal life to those who belong to him.