July 11th, 2019
He Would Take Their Place If He Could
Romans 9:1-3 (KJB) I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
Paul’s heart was so grieved about the lost heart condition of his Jewish brethren that he would reach across and give a portion of his salvation to them if he could. Now certainly you understand that it is impossible to hand even a sliver of your personal spiritual heart condition to another.
However, Paul in these verses is touching on something important for us to consider. He was so grieved at the spiritual state of these Jewish men having lost hearts that he was beside himself with genuine sorrow. Not sorrow for what he did not have, or sadness at his own circumstances. No, the Apostle Paul was grieved in his heart at the state of his brethren.
When was the last time you grieved for lost hearts of family members, neighbors, friends, and even strangers among you?
Though Paul would take their place if he could, a “spiritual switcheroo” among mankind is not possible. Paul did grieve in his heart and earnestly seek God in prayer about their deplorable spiritual state for their lost state for it was a heavy burden on his heart.