God Is Not Like Us | Romans 11:32-36 | Week 67

In today’s passage, we look at Paul’s honest and heartfelt declaration regarding God’s salvation plan for Israel and the nations. Summarized, we could say Paul simply said, “Wow!” God truly is amazing, and his wisdom and knowledge are far beyond what anyone could imagine. Praise God that He is not like us! He does things the right way, the best way, and the most perfect way – we cannot even fathom how wonderful He is!

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God is Faithful Because... | Romans 11:28-31 | Week 66

In this morning’s passage, Paul briefly summarizes his argument for Chapter 11. God has a future for Israel that He will be faithful to accomplish. The ONLY reason that God will do this is because of His mercy and grace. It will not be on the basis of Israel’s faithfulness to God or unfaithfulness to Him. All have been committed to disobedience (including both Jew and Gentile), so that all may be extended mercy and grace.

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Getting Behind the Curtain | Romans 11:25-27 | Week 65

This morning, we deal with two phrases that have sparked much debate: (1) What does the “fullness of the Gentiles” mean? AND (2) What does “All Israel shall be saved” mean? Attempting to handle these phrases in context, we will look at both of these and see how they provide additional insight into God’s future plan for the nation of Israel.

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How to Remain a Branch in God's Grafting Masterpiece | Romans 11:18-24 | Week 64

Last week, we began to look at the olive tree illustration that Paul used to communicate that the entire world (Jew and Gentile) are in a position of unprecedented blessing to benefit from the work of Jesus Christ. This was predicted in the Abrahamic Covenant (see Genesis 12:3b with Galatians 3:8), and it came into effect in Paul’s day and continues to our day. This week we see that the ONLY way for someone NOT to benefit from this position of blessing is rejection of Jesus Christ, meaning they have NEVER believed in Him. In contrast, how does anyone remain in this position of blessing? They must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for their sins and rose again.

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A Partaker of the Olive Tree | Romans 11:13-18 | Week 63

This week Paul introduces two illustrations to explain what God is doing with Israel’s rejection and Gentile blessing. Paul uses an Old Testament firstfruits example, and then uses an olive tree example which he will continue to build upon through verse 24. The main point? – The entire world (Jew and Gentile) are in a position of unprecedented blessing to benefit from the work of Jesus Christ. This was predicted in the Abrahamic Covenant (see Genesis 12:3b with Galatians 3:8), and it came into effect in Paul’s day and continues to our day. As we will see next week, the ONLY way for someone NOT to benefit from this position of blessing is rejection of Jesus Christ, meaning they have NEVER believed in Him.

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The Mechanics of the Abrahamic Covenant | Romans 11:7-12 | Week 62

That there was blessing promised in the Abrahamic Covenant to both Jews and Gentiles is undisputed. “How” that blessing would come about was an issue of confusion in Paul’s day amongst his Jewish brethren. Although a time of unprecedented blessing will come upon Gentiles (i.e. nations) during Christ’s earthly Millennial Kingdom reign, the blessing of faith-righteousness is available now to any Gentile who will put their faith in the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ. What was missed in regards to “how” God would accomplish this? What was missed is that God would use Jewish rejection of His Messiah to offer Him to the Gentiles. This explains the mechanics of “how” God is fulfilling this aspect of the Abrahamic Covenant (See Genesis 12:3 with Galatians 3:8).

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Israel's Rejection is NOT Total | Romans 11:1-7 | Week 61

Since Israel has rejected God and His provision for righteousness through the gospel, has God written off His people? This is the question before us in Romans chapter 11. What we will find in this chapter is not only the explanation of Israel’s present state, but also God’s future plans of blessing for the nation. The nation of Israel has been set aside as God’s primary vehicle of dispensing truth. However, what we learn from Romans 11 in some detail are two things... And we will learn about those today!

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Rejection Without Excuse | Romans 10:14-21 | Week 60

In our passage today, we see an unfortunate rejection of God’s provision for righteousness (i.e. the gospel). The gospel message had been shared with the Jewish people throughout their Old Testament Scriptures so that they are without excuse. “Yes!” - They have heard and “Yes!” – They have understood. Their Scriptures are filled with instructions pointing forward to what their Messiah would accomplish on their behalf (See Isaiah 53). Surprisingly, the Gentiles, who had none of these privileges have been responding to the gospel message for 2,000 years while the Jews, in large part, continue to reject the message. Even this was predicted in the Old Testament.

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Salvation By Faith | Romans 10:9-13 | Week 59

This morning, we will cover an often misunderstood and misused passage in Scripture. Based upon the context, we can see that Paul is attempting to convince his Jewish brethren that God’s righteousness is obtained by faith in the finished work of Christ and NOT through law-keeping, circumcision, or physical birth. Belief precedes both verbal confession and calling on the Lord. Only believers in Jesus Christ verbally confess Jesus is God, and will verbally call upon the Lord Jesus for deliverance of any kind, especially (as it relates to this context) into the Kingdom.

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Two Types of Righteousness | Romans 10:5-8 | Week 58

Paul compares and contrasts two types of righteousness this week: law-righteousness versus faith-righteousness. In order to contrast them, Paul uses an Old Testament passage, originally used of the law to make the comparisons. He makes some subtle changes, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to show that faith-righteousness is near (not something far off), and attainable, because Christ has done it all. This is something that Paul’s Jewish readers should have known based upon the Old Testament, and they did not need to keep looking for something else or something more – Christ had already come down from heaven, died for their sins, and rose again from the dead to provide righteousness for all who believe.

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