Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why Has God Set Israel Aside? (Romans 11)

Text: Romans 11

Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...

4. In Election (9-11)
   A) Of Ancient Israel (9:1 - 11:10)
   B) Of Gentiles (11:11-24)
   C) Of Future Israel (11:25-36)

Chapter 11 shows God has not rejected His chosen people Israel. As in the days of Elijah, God is saving a remnant today (1-5). The reason He presently hardens Israel to the gospel (7-10), is to show that salvation comes by His sovereign, gracious election, rather than human merit (6), to open the door of salvation to the Gentiles (11-16), and to provoke Israel to jealousy (11, 14). 

When the full number of Gentiles has "come in", God will resume His covenants with, and save the entire nation of Israel (25-32). This plan shows God's wisdom exceeds our understanding and results in His glory (33-36).

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