For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,
– Romans 9:3
This is truly a profound statement. For Paul so loved his countrymen (i.e. the Jewish people), that he could wish himself damned that they might be saved. I can honestly say that I cannot personally comprehend Paul’s mindset, in this. I can say with certainty that I desire those whom I love to be saved, but to wish myself damned for their salvation … I would not.
The obvious assumption is to think of this as hyperbole from Paul. But when you consider they way in which he risked his life time and again to see the Gospel carried to unbelievers, you realize he was fully committed to this end. Theologically speaking, Paul could not trade his salvation for the salvation of others. But practically speaking, he was willing to lay down his life that they might hear, know, and believe the Gospel.
May God grant that we also have the same passion for the salvation of the lost. Could you imagine how different the evangelization of the world might be if even a fraction of God’s people followed Paul’s pattern?
Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik
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Additional Daily Devotionals
My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers
Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon