Israel’s Rejection Not Total 11 1I ask, then, has God rejected His people? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he pleads with God against Israel?   3Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars. I am the only one left, and they are trying to take my life![J]   4But what was God’s reply to him? I have left 7,000 men for Myself who have not bowed down to Baal.[K] 5In the same way, then, there is also at the present time a remnant chosen by grace. 6Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.[L] 7What then? Israel did not find what it was looking for, but the elect did find it. The rest were hardened, 8as it is written:   God gave them a spirit of insensitivity,[M] eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear, to this day.[N]   9And David says:   Let their feasting[O] become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a retribution to them. 10Let their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent continually.[P]     Israel’s Rejection Not Final   11I ask, then, have they stumbled in order to fall? Absolutely not! On the contrary, by their stumbling,[Q] salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous. 12Now if their stumbling[R] brings riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full number bring! 13Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. In view of the fact that I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14if I can somehow make my own people[S] jealous and save some of them. 15For if their rejection brings reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16Now if the firstfruits offered up are holy, so is the whole batch. And if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, though a wild olive branch, were grafted in among them and have come to share in the rich root[T] of the cultivated olive tree, 18do not brag that you are better than those branches. But if you do brag—you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you. 19Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20True enough; they were broken off by unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either. 22Therefore, consider God’s kindness and severity: severity toward those who have fallen but God’s kindness toward you—if you remain in His kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. 23And even they, if they do not remain in unbelief, will be grafted in, because God has the power to graft them in again. 24For if you were cut off from your native wild olive and against nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these—the natural branches—be grafted into their own olive tree? 25So that you will not be conceited, brothers, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery: A partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26And in this way all[U] Israel will be saved, as it is written:   The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from Jacob. 27And this will be My covenant with them[V] when I take away their sins.[W]   28Regarding the gospel, they are enemies for your advantage, but regarding election, they are loved because of the patriarchs, 29since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.[X] 30As you once disobeyed God, but now have received mercy through their disobedience, 31so they too have now disobeyed, resulting in mercy to you, so that they also now[Y] may receive mercy. 32For God has imprisoned all in disobedience, so that He may have mercy on all.   A Hymn of Praise   33Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways! 34For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? 35Or who has ever first given to Him, and has to be repaid?[Z] 36For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
tnbassman10
Paul states "not having a righteousness of my own that comes from law" (Phil 3:8-9). This is exactly what we've been discussing so far in... Read More
Paul states "not having a righteousness of my own that comes from law" (Phil 3:8-9). This is exactly what we've been discussing so far in this study. God is offering a righteousness that comes through faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the sacrifice that appeases God's wrath for our sin. Every sin will be paid for with death. Yet through Christ, the price has been paid. Faith is important in this study. What is Biblical faith? The evidence of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen according to Hebrews 11:1. What else does the Bible say? If you've ever studied the Bible, you know faith is connected to works somehow. Paul says it is by faith we are saved, not through works (Eph 2:8-9). He is talking about works of law. You are not going to get out of the hole you dug yourself in by works or deeds. So, what does James mean by faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17)? This can be confusing and often creates a divide in today's religious world. Which is it? Those who say works have no part have missed the point. However, people from both sides of the discussion may be wrong in some part. Let's break this down. James asks a question about faith. Can faith without works save you (James 2:14)? James is referring to a dead faith (James 2:17). What is it that makes true, honest faith? You tell me that you have faith, then demonstrate that faith without works (2:18). James says he will demonstrate his faith by his works (2:18). Demons believe in God (2:19). Do you simply just believe in--acknowledge the existence of--God? Having a simple belief in God makes you an even footing with demons. Now, do the demons have a living faith because they acknowledge that God is the one, true, living God? No! They have that knowledge and do not act upon it. Demons have a dead faith! Abraham had a living faith in God (James 2:20-23). He demonstrated this by offering Isaac on the altar (Genesis 22). Think about that for a minute. God's promised son to Abraham he waited seemingly forever to receive, God asked him to kill and burn Isaac's body in a sacrifice to the Lord. How could he do this?! Abraham believed God would raise his son Isaac despite that never happening before in history (Heb 11:17-19). Abraham had no precedent, no previous example, to look back on to base his decision. All he had was faith in God and His promise. It is NOT: Faith + Works = Salvation BUT Believe + Works = Living Faith Either salvation is by grace or by works (Rom 11:6). If we put works and faith equal side-by-side, it would appear we are responsible in some small way for salvation. Salvation is by grace! We cannot earn what we possibly by works can and let God "do the rest." The works go in our faith, they are apart of it. This is why Abraham had a living faith and demons have a dead faith. Faith is a trust in God that compels you to obey Him. So are Paul and James conflicting? Paul says your salvation is a gift from God by grace. There is no amount of works you can do to save yourself. Does that mean you can throw off works since you have faith? James says works are essential and vital to your faith. It is a trust in God that compels you to obey Him. That is not merit. That is obedience. Should anyone brag in obedience? No! Remember, we've all fallen at some point to sin and failed God. We are all sinners and law cannot save us. We have all failed in obedience. So what is this avenue to God's righteousness we have through Christ Paul mentions in Romans? It is faith--a living, working faith--in God that compels you to do what He says. It is all God! Man has nothing to do with grace. So what about the Israelite sacrifices (Romans Study Part 5)? They served as a reminder (Hebrews 10:1-4). Did the animal sacrifices save the people? No, but their living faith which caused them to obey God gave them access to grace for which Christ died. Same applies to Christians today. Baptism is obedience to God, like the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, which accesses God's grace. Baptism demonstrates a living, working faith which compelled someone to obey God's commands to be baptized (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). Everyone who has ever been saved, from the beginning of time, has been saved by grace through faith apart from works of law.
Gary Boyd
I had understood that the Jewish State was chosen by God in the Old Testament, but I never really thought of the impact of that in today'... Read More
I had understood that the Jewish State was chosen by God in the Old Testament, but I never really thought of the impact of that in today's world. I think of how Fori is always promoting support for Israel. Interesting to me that a people who refuse to accept Christ as the resurrected savior will be ultimately saved because of God's original promise.
Gary Boyd
This seems unusual...employing jealousy as a tool to get the Jews to repent by offering the Good News of Christ's salvation to the Gentiles.
This seems unusual...employing jealousy as a tool to get the Jews to repent by offering the Good News of Christ's salvation to the Gentiles.
laura arman
Tennoji is holy! We are made holy because our roots in Lifehouse are holy! Know that, we don't have to try so hard, but God has already c... Read More
Tennoji is holy! We are made holy because our roots in Lifehouse are holy! Know that, we don't have to try so hard, but God has already chosen us, as a branch of what he is doing. If means we are already made holy! So accept it, stop striving to reach something or feeling guilty when we don't, just know that God has chosen us as holy! And because of this holiness, we will do great! Love being a part of this branch, a part of what God has called to be holy in Lifehouse!
garymistymims
#1:...seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness... #2:...all these things shall be added to you. 1. FIRST BOOK -Three First T... Read More
#1:...seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness... #2:...all these things shall be added to you. 1. FIRST BOOK -Three First Things God Established in the First Book... Purpose Prosperity Purpose 2. FIRST THINGS -Five Blessings of the Tithe or Firstfruits 1. Food in God's House 2. An Open Heaven 3. Financial Blessing 4. Satan's Influence Bound 5. Open Rewards
rcotto
feeling :(
feeling :(
briangansereit
Need to study the fullness of the Gentiles further. Chuck Missler has a study on this subject.
Need to study the fullness of the Gentiles further. Chuck Missler has a study on this subject.
elanderson13
Am I going to break off? Have I already broken off?
Am I going to break off? Have I already broken off?
lwhoy
All mankind has been "locked up" in unbelief and disobedience, but God's ultimate plan is restoration of all mankind. Even the very wicke... Read More
All mankind has been "locked up" in unbelief and disobedience, but God's ultimate plan is restoration of all mankind. Even the very wicked cities of Sodom and Jerusalem will be restored as Ezekiel reveals (Ez 16: 44-55). This restoration involves people, not buildings. God is not concerned about structures or streets, but about the individuals that populate the cities. Therefore it seems clear that God intends to forgive and restore those we consider with contempt to be the most wicked. I suppose we could understand, from this illustration, that the people of San Francisco, or New Orleans, New York, Seattle, or Tehran, (or any other place on earth), will also be forgiven and restored, because of the faithfulness of Christ Jesus.
Can i read the Bible on my phone/tablet?
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