Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 36



Romans ~ Has God Rejected His People?
Rom. 11
In the time of Paul, there were Jewish people still confused, even some who had
obeyed the gospel. One question was, “has God rejected His people?” In
Romans chapter eleven, Paul deals with that.
His first response is, “No,” “God has not rejected His people.” The rest of
Romans eleven explains this answer.
The failure of Israel was no fault of God. They failed to obtain what they were
seeking because of their own unbelief, rebellion and resulting hardening. God’s
response to their rebellion was not the cause of Israel’s failure. It was punitive.
As to the reality of Gentiles now being accepted into God’s family, Paul
illustrates that (vss. 11-24). The natural branches (Israel) lost their place on God’s
tree because of their own unbelief. The grafted in branches (Gentiles) found their
place on God’s tree through the activity of their faith. Neither Jew nor Gentile
should feel superior to their counterparts. Anyone can become a part of this tree
by faith, no matter their race or previous associations.
I want to stress, here in chapter eleven, Paul warns both Jews and Gentiles
against any prejudice or attitude of superiority over the other. Verse 25, for
example, “Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this
mystery.”
The chapter ends giving glory to God, who is willing to accept Jew or Gentile,
on the same basis – faith in Christ. “For from Him and through Him and to Him
are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”
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