“through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name…” vs. 5
With the gift of grace Paul had also received what might be called a “calling.” He had been made an apostle, one who is sent as an emissary, in order that Gentiles might also become believers. Essentially, Gentiles were outsiders, anyone who was not a Jew, and it was a big deal when Paul and others realized that the good news of salvation was intended also for them. As a missionary Paul traveled from city to city bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would listen and praying that they would respond with what he calls the “obedience of faith.” His choice of words is important. He’s telling us that faith is more than assent or saying “yes” to the good news–it is also an act of obedience. It actually calls us into a relationship with Jesus. In faith we bow down before Jesus and acknowledge him as our Lord. Grace has gotten us on the team. In faith we are called from the sidelines and enter the game. How is it that some hear the good news and remain unmoved while others joyfully begin to actively serve? Pastors and parents have pondered this mystery for centuries and have no good answers. It’s just the way it is. But when faith does happen it’s truly a time for celebration!
Thought for the Day: What does it mean to obey the gospel?