PAUL’S GREAT COMPASSION FOR HIS PEOPLE
Paul was one of the greatest missionaries of all times.
But Paul had a great compassion for the Israelite.
As we look at this outstanding Apostle and his concern for his people may we be moved with a compassion for our people tonight and not only our community but people around the globe.
It is indeed our responsibility to take the Gospel to every living creature.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Paul had a great desire to carry out this command. His concern here though is for the Israelite.
And it should stir us to reach our people the American.
People next door and down the street.
We cannot have a proper concern for others until we have a concern for our own people.
Paul’s great compassion was:
I. LINKED TO REALITY (vs 1)
“I say the truth”
What Paul is saying now and all that he has said is true.
Paul is giving a complete picture of reality.
There is no untruth found in all that Paul is saying or has said.
A. He speaks in Christ
Paul is saying that he is not giving his philosophy here.
The words that he speaks are from God.
Paul speaks as God would speak in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
B. He speaks according to his conscience.
1. His conscience bears witness to reality.
This is a cognitive awareness.
That is he is telling the truth because he knows right from wrong and based upon his knowledge and what he is saying there is no false statement being made.
a. He is telling the truth
He is telling what must be said.
Not because he wants to advance some agenda to profit him.
But he has a deep conviction that if he does not say it then it will not be said and he will bear the responsibility of the consequence of keeping silent.
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
b. He is telling the whole truth.
He is leaving nothing out that God would have him to say.
He is adding nothing to the truth that may mislead the listener.
Confirmed by the Holy Spirit.
This has to do with Paul’s perspective awareness.
Not only does Paul know and relate the facts, but his perspective of the facts are real.
The importance of salvation, the need for his people to be saved, the consequences of their refusal to receive Christ,
All that Paul is saying is in full view of reality.
Paul’s great compassion is:
II. LADEN WITH SORROW (vs 2-3)
heaviness (vs 2)
because of their condition – blinded
Paul realized that the people were not his enemy.
Satan was the enemy. He had blinded their eyes to the truth.
40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
2 Cor 3:14
14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
2 Cor 4:4
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
because of their lack of contrition
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Paul knew as long as his people were unrepentant and proud, they could not be saved.
As long as they felt they had no need, they would not call upon the one who could save them to the uttermost.
Paul was heavy because of their future perdition
Paul knew that all those who rejected Christ would spend eternity in hell.
Paul’s readiness (vs 3)
He purports to be accursed
Paul knows this is impossible, but he says with all earnestness if it were I would take their punishment.
Paul could not pay for their sin debt because of the debt he owed.
We cannot pay it for our children or those we love.
Many times when our children hurt we would rather take the hurt and let them not have to suffer.
2. The purpose is to bring them to Christ.
I would be forever taken from Christ and would spend eternity in the lake of fire if it would mean that my people could be saved.
Think of it. This is exactly what Jesus did on
Paul’s great compassion is:
II. LOADED WITH RESPONSIBILTY (vs 3-5)
These people are Paul’s brethren, his kinsmen.
Paul wants them to realize his closeness to them. They did not trust Paul because he had been a Pharisee but had left the so-called religious sect and was now a disciple of Christ.
They Jews were out to kill him.
He was warned not to go to
But, Paul’s great compassion would not allow him to stay away.
12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.
Paul felt a great responsibility to his people.
They were his brothers and sisters his close kinsmen.
They were adopted as sons.
22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD,
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
They saw the glory of God.
35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
2 Chr 5:14
So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason
of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
They were given the covenants
Many covenants are the covenants that belong to the nation
(Gen 15; Deut 30; 2 Sam 7)
They were given the law
The Mosaic Law is given to the nation
5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
13 Speak thou also unto the children of
They were privileged to be employed in the service of God.
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of
They received the promises of God.
This refers to the many promises give the nation of
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
The fathers refers to: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Christ the Messiah came according to the flesh.
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
9 Then saith the woman of
To the Apostle Paul the Jew held a place of great respect and honor.
By them we have the law, Christ and the Gospel. We too should be grateful to the Jew.
But to our people as well.
They prayed to God the Father in Jesus name and built this great nation.
Our fathers and grandfathers, our sons and our daughters have fought to insure our freedom.
I’ m afraid if we don’t exercise that freedom to reach others for Christ, we are going to loose it.
What a tragedy! If our young men have died in vain that is indeed a tragedy.
But, the worst tragedy would be that our Saviour has died in vain.
People are not being saved. Those who once died for the freedom to worship, now lay their Bibles on the coffee table or put them away and never use them.
Many homes do not even display the Bible.
I like to have a copy out so that people can know I love Jesus and I love the Word of God.
As Paul was saddened to see his people in such unrepentant unholy state, so should we be heavy about the condition of our country today.
Let that heaviness bring us to the point of action.
Do not be discouraged and stay home.
We must make a difference in our community.
We must witness to every person in Cowan.
We must send missionaries around the world to get people saved baptized and taught the Word of God.
We must support home missions here at home to get the Gospel to those who are lost.
Let us be heavy hearted and then let us be busy witnessing, praying, keeping the testimony that others may be saved and live a life pleasing to God.
We can make a difference. Other wise God would take us home.